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How To Make Your Own Feed

Feed companies have been around for quite a while (Purina dates back to 1894) but many operations still mix their own feed.  There are pros and cons. A big plus is cost. Even if you give a formula to a … Continue reading

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Hay – Much More than Fiber

Hay used to be widely viewed as having little or no nutritional value beyond being a source of fiber which provided horses with chew time and made them feel full between meals.  That has largely changed but even those who … Continue reading

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Pasture vs Hay

Hay is just dehydrated grass but there are several differences between hay and the live plant that you need to take into consideration when adding pasture to the horse’s diet. Note:  References in the following discussion to calories, protein and … Continue reading

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Do You Really Understand Protein?

Although most people can quote the percent protein in their feed, and manufacturers make a point of it, this particular piece of information is almost worthless.  The horse’s protein requirement is in grams per day, not a percentage in the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Wheat Bran

Wheat bran has gone from a darling of caretakers everywhere to one of the most widely criticized feeds.  The ensuing impression that bran is somehow “bad” is unwarranted.  In fact, bran has some very desirable characteristics. Bran’s high phosphorus content … Continue reading

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Requests for Feed Manufacturers

Horse feed is a big business, and competition is intense.  Instead of investing large sums in advertising, packaging, web site design and big name endorsements, it would be nice if more effort was put into being consumer friendly. Instead of … Continue reading

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Transitioning from Pasture to Hay

Hay is just dried grass but there are several things to consider when making the transition from pasture to hay.                             Typical Fall Pasture with Grasses Going Dormant As grasses mature and develop their seed heads, fiber fractions progressively increase … Continue reading

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Can I Feed Straw?

It’s a fairly common question.  Some people want to feed straw because they do not have access to good quality hay and want something to keep the horse busy between hay cube or pellet feedings.  Others want to substitute straw … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Straw

People consider feeding straw for a variety of reasons such as reducing caloric intake, providing an alternative to horses that want to eat constantly, saving money on hay or substituting for hay when there is a shortage.  Before doing it, … Continue reading

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