In order for your horse to reach their maximum potential it’s important that they eat the right diet. Unfortunately, many horse owners around the country have strayed from the traditional horse diet in recent years, and this has led to numerous problems.
Are you feeding your horse the wrong foods? Here are the 6 biggest nutritional mistakes you need to avoid…
Not basing the diet on grass and hay
In order to keep your horses digestive system healthy, it’s essential that the majority of their diet is based on grass and hay. To ignore this advice is a huge mistake and could lead to health problems later on down the line. As a side note, make sure that the hay you feed your horse is of the highest quality and free from dust and mould.
Too much grain
Another nutritional mistake made by horse owners is feeding the horse too much grain. At the end of the day, grains are not essential for the vast majority of horses out there, and unless you have been directed to feed the horse grains by an equine professional then it’s probably a good idea to avoid them or keep to a bare minimum. Ultimately, too much grain in the diet can lead to problems with the muscles, joints and bones.
Not giving them enough water
Just like humans, water is necessary for horses to stay hydrated and healthy. This is especially true in the summer months, as being under the hot sun all day quickly leads to dehydration and tiredness. With this in mind, make sure that your horse has plenty of access to fresh and clean water throughout the day. Failure to do so is a huge mistake.
Changing the diet too fast
While you may be keen to make a change in your horses diet, many experts agree that changing a diet too fast could lead to problems. This is why it’s best to make any changes slowly, so your horse has time to adjust to any new foods or supplements and won’t suffer from issues such as poor digestion and excess gas.
Not treating your horse
While grass and hay should be make up the main bulk of the diet, there is no reason not to treat your horse every now and again with a few snacks. Luckily, there are many horse treats available to buy online, so you should always have something on hand to treat your horse as a reward for being good.
Not providing a supplementary salt block
It’s an unfortunate fact that the vast majority of horse diets do not contain high enough mineral levels. This is why it’s always a good idea to provide a supplementary salt block in the stable, as this will help to maintain healthy PH and electrolyte levels and keep the mineral levels high.
Hopefully, the above nutritional mistakes have opened your eyes to where you might be going wrong with your horse, and you are now in a better position to correct those mistakes and move forward.