Tag Archives: Protein

Speed Up Shedding

Wouldn’t it be great if horses just slipped out of their winter coat like a snake shedding its skin?  Unfortunately, at best it’s not even close but there are factors that can slow it down which you should be aware … Continue reading

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Feeding for Healthy Weatherproof Hooves

There is a reason hoof supplements have a sizeable market.  There is also a reason they tend to have the same ingredients.         There is often a strong nutritional component to poor hoof quality The quality and integrity of the … Continue reading

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Hay Wars – Which is best?

Grass or Alfalfa.  Timothy or Orchard.  Grain hays.  Is Bermuda safe?  There is plenty of room for confusion in selecting a hay.                                                             Premium Grass Hay Legume hays, which include Alfalfa, Clover and in some areas Perennial Peanut and Birdsfoot … 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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Feeding Weanlings

Weanlings have intensive nutritional needs and you shouldn’t start feeding them like a smaller version of an adult. Nutrient dense diets are those that have high levels of protein/amino acids and minerals per calorie. As you might expect, mineral requirements … Continue reading

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Selecting Good Hay

Many people still consider hay nothing more than filler, a boredom buster, but it is much more than that.  Even if feeding a highly fortified commercial feed, hay will still provide the bulk of your horse’s protein, minerals and vitamins.  … Continue reading

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Hay Analysis

If you could pick between a feed with a balanced complement of vitamins and minerals, known adequate protein or one deficient in several minerals, excessively high in others with unknown protein which would you choose? When you feed hay without … Continue reading

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Feeding Muscle

From sales yearlings to seniors, pleasure trail horses to upper echelon competitors, caretakers and owners are attuned to muscle bulk.  In addition, muscle dysfunction or pain is a grossly underappreciated cause of suboptimal performance whether it be a young horse … 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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Spring Grass

Beautiful to look at, wonderful to smell and if you’re a horse there is nothing you would rather be eating and arguably nothing more natural you should be eating.  On the other hand, there are a few precautions. First, the … Continue reading

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