Whether you are horse or human, you must be conscious of what you eat. With processed foods and feeds gaining popularity due to its convenience and affordability, many of us have lost sight of the very foundation of healthy eating habits, passing this on to our horses as well.. so let’s start from the bottom. For proper equine nutrition:
1.) Start with a foundation of forage, feed and high quality fatty acids. For feed, be sure to choose one that is low in starch and sugar; One that does not contain molasses or corn. Look for an Alfalfa, Beet Pulp, Flaxseed or Rice Bran base. For fatty acids, AVOID CORN OIL. Use a cold-pressed or crude, unrefined oil. Flaxseed, Soy and Coconut oil are all great options.
2.) Build upon this with targeted vitamin/mineral support to balance the forage, feed and work level, along with a digestive enzyme and probiotic blend to support optimal digestion of nutrients.
3.) Add antioxidants and phytonutrients to support natural detoxification and the immune system. Grape seed extract is one of the most potent antioxidants known.
4.) Consider more targeted supplements according to your horse’s special needs – Joint Tissue Support, Calming, Neurotransmitter Support, Hoof Support, Blood Sugar Support, etc.
The more we learn, the better off we will be. Metabolic and Insulin Resistance issues are on the rise due the amount of sugars and high glycemic ingredients in many of the ready-to-eat processed foods and feeds out there. While they may taste good, they are not always good for you .. or your horse.
By following these basic guidelines you will provide your horse with the proper nutrition he or she needs. Remember, horses are grazing animals and their digestive tracts were not designed to process things they wouldn’t normally find in a field or meadow.