If you ask 5 different horse people the same question I am relatively certain you could end up with 10 different answers. Even with a seemingly straight forward question. Amanda participated in a hop for a blog that I am relatively new to.
I have 3 very different horses from 1-10 years old with very different needs in the nutrition department. I decided to break this down by horse for simplicity. This is also a sliding scale and can vary depending on the time of year and what each creature is doing.
- Luna, 1yo Dutch WB
- Annie, 5yo Thoroughbred
- Houston, 10yo Belgian WBTribute Kalm Ultra
There isn’t a lot of method to the madness. I did verify that my horses are getting the right amount of all of the essentials with the help of hay analysis and the use of FeedXL. If you are interested in equine nutrition I have found Feed XL to be pretty useful. It quickly helps to pinpoint diet deficiencies and overall promotes a healthy diet for the horse. That said you only get out what you put in to the tool.
What do you all feed? Do you have a big input on what your horses are fed or do you allow the management of the barn to dictate those decisions?