Horses 6 Nutritional Daily Requirements, is also known for the term (6 Categories), is essential in your horse’s diet.
Do you know if your horse is currently getting ALL 6 of his nutritional requirements?
When they are eating healthy you will see the results from the outside. It keeps your horse’s skin shiny and soft. Their hooves grow healthier, etc…
As you read about the basics of Horses 6 Nutritional DailyRequirements for your horse,
you will learn that their complete diet is similar to humans and much like other animals.
Water 2. Fiber 3. Carbohydrates 4. Protein 5. Fat 6. Vitamins/Minerals
A healthy horse will drink 5 to 15 gallons of water per day, depending on the weather temperatures as well as their activities/work per day.
ALWAYS KEEP CLEAN WATER IN YOUR HORSES TUB.
If horses do not drink the amount of water they need, it can cause dehydration and other health issues as well.
hay and grass are two primary sources of fiber (forage or roughage).
- Other sources of fiber are.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates> categorized into two different groups.
1. Structural> Fiber
2. Nonstructural> Sugar and Starches
Proteins break down into amino acids> and are combined to make your horse’s hair, hooves, and muscles healthier.
Proteins are vital for proper growth and maintenance for your horse.
The amount of protein that your horse’s body can synthesize is limited by the Amino Acid, which is one that runs out of supply first.
For horses, it is mostly lysine. Some horse owners will say, “the higher the protein, the higher the energy,” meaning the “hotter” your horse will get.
It is a FALSE statement. Protein is the most challenging energy source for horses to digest and converts into usable energy.
Fat is an easily digestible source of energy. The fats in the horse’s diet are becoming more of a new trend. Horses can tolerate a relatively high level of fat. Horse owners use fats to increase their horse’s weight if they have a hard time keeping weight on.
Commercial feeds may have 6 to 12% fat. While your goal may be to increase the fat in your horse’s diet, keep in mind that you have to continue your horse’s diet as you usually would and not to cut out any other essential nutrients as you add in extra fats.
Vitamins are two different categories.
- Fat-Soluble (A, D, K, E)
- Water Soluble (B1, B2)
Horses typically make their vitamins, so not all horses will require a supplement. Some horses can become deficient and can lead to health issues. Also, keep in mind that horses can get an overload of vitamins, which can lead to high levels and possibly cause toxicity.
Minerals are already in commercial feeds.
A mineral block is a good idea to put out and leave in your horse’s pasture, so they have access to it at all times. You can also purchase small mineral blocks for your horse’s stall.
Grains are concentrates (energy).
Only feed out grain as a supplement when your horse needs it, along with their hay/grass.
Grains are not part of a horse’s six nutritional daily requirements.
It can help with adding to diet if your horse needs it.
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All the best to you. Michelle