Understanding Horse Nutrition

Hello!! Do You Understand your horse’s nutrition?
Are you feeling frustrated about what feed your horse should eat or not eat?

Understanding horse nutrition doesn’t have to be that complicated, most of the time people over think it.

You just need help getting horse nutrition information so you can be more knowledgeable, instead of overthinking it, because there is always going to changes in your horse’s nutrition.

Each horse is different just as we are. Their age and work performance all play a role, as well as the quality of their hay.

There are horses that are what’s called, easy keepers.
There are horses that are what’s called, difficult keepers.

In our years of experience and many different horses, we have had both.  At times I still feel frustrated trying to find the balance for my horse’s nutrition requirements. Right now you are probably asking yourself, “what is the easy keeper and difficult keeper”?

The answer to your questions is………

1. The easy keepers:  do not require extra food to eat to keep their weight up. Such as extra grain, extra hay, or special supplements, etc.

2. The difficult keepers:  do require extra food to eat to keep their weight up such as extra grain, or extra hay, or special supplements, etc.

When you have more than one horse you will find that every horse’s diet and nutritional requirements will not be the same all the time. That’s when it can get more frustrating to keep up with all of them.

Therefore it doesn’t matter whether you are just starting out in the horse world or if you have owned horses your whole life, you will always be learning something new every day.

Sharing My Different Feeding Experiences.

My mare was pregnant, so she was on grain and supplement for both of them called mare and foal.
When her filly was born, she was on grain for growing horses. Also, have a yearling stud that is on growing horse grain.

Another mare in her mid age that needed high protein grain and didn’t do anything other than a casual trail ride.

An old mare that couldn’t have hay or grass due to losing her teeth. All her food had to be softened up morning and night (beet pulp, senior feed, hay cubes) until we had to put her to rest.

A gelding that was hipper, so he had to have feed pellets or oats with no molasses.

Different Horse Feed Brands And A Different Type For Every Age And Performance.

How in the world can you possibly figure out what your horse needs with all the different brands and types?
Okay sit down and relax. Use paper and pen and write, so you don’t have to try and remember things that are important to you.

First, if you haven’t already done so. Call a vet and have a physical done on your horse.
Ask suggestions from your vet. The brands that are good or the type and how much to start with feeding?

Second, is your horse losing weight, is it because he has a lot of work performance or shows, or does he need more protein in his diet? Is your horse young, in his teens (mid age) or is he about to be in his 20’s?

Third, start looking at different brands and prices and compare the nutrition labels, they are on the out of the feed bags.

Try one that you find, if it doesn’t work, it’s okay just try another one and then another and again until you do find the one you and your horse likes.

Forth, weigh your horses feed and hay so you know they are getting what their body weight requires. That is on the outside of the feed bag as well. That’s it!! That’s not so bad after all is it?

Other people’s suggestions.

There is a lot of different information about horse nutrition. And when people are trying to help you by making suggestions, even though they mean well, but it can be frustrating too.

Remember one thing! what works well for someone else, doesn’t mean that the same exact thing is going to work for you.

So when someone tells you what they feed their horse and they tell you to feed yours the same way. Don’t do it. You can always take other people’s advice into consideration. Just don’t lose sleep over it.

Resources In Understanding Horse Nutrition.

Contact professionals to help you with understanding horse nutrition.
 a horse nutrition
horse university near you
your vet

 The Internet Is Full Of Information


horse blogs> read other peoples experience on or ask questions.
for specific brands and learn their nutrition.

At the end of the day get your final opinion from your vet.
ALWAYS continue researching what you can on your own!
Wish you all the best on your journey.

I am not a veterinary, so the information that I provided in my post is only from my experiences.
Please leave a comment or any questions you may have.
I will contact you back as soon as I get the message,
Thank You For Taken The Time To Read My Post.
Good Luck!       Michelle

1 thought on “Understanding Horse Nutrition”

  1. That’s interesting. I never knew there were easy keepers and difficult keepers. Horses are soo peaceful and I never knew some of them can be fussy.

    Of course, if they perform difference task their nutrition levels will differ it’s the same as us humans. I haven’t read about horses in a while. 

    I know someone who has a horse and the horse is her life. She will most likely like to read your article. Thanks for sharing with us. 

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