What is the best horse nutrition? With so many supplements, hay choices, and feed available, many people are left wondering what their horses need for good nutrition and health. According to the law, manufacturers of commercial horse feed need to place information about their feed on tags. This information can either be printed on the bag or attached to it. However, most people do not take the time to read the tags. Here are the basic guidelines for your horse’s nutritional requirements:
There are six basic nutrient requirements that need to be met: water, fat, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. In most cases, the feed manufacturer balances the last five for us, but you should never forget water. Healthy horses consume about five to fifteen gallons of water a day, depending on the humidity, temperature, and their level of activity. Horses that do not drink enough water are more susceptible to intestinal impactions and dehydration.
The rest of the diet should be based on the other nutrients.
Because nutritional requirements vary from one horse to the other, you need to examine the feed tags before feeding your horse. This is why the manufacturers put valuable information on the feed tags.