Feed & Nutrition

Do Horses need electrolytes in Winter?, horse electrolytes, equine dehydration, equine impactions, Dr. Wendy Pearson

Q: Since it’s cold out and my horse doesn't sweat much when I ride him, should I still give him electrolytes?

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Equine weight loss is simply a result of more calories being used by the body than are being consumed. There are several potential causes of chronic weight loss in horses. These causes include poor quality or limited feed supply, health and disease problems, as well as social interaction and competition among horses. Chronic equine weight loss can also be the result of starvation. Equine starvation can be caused by intentional neglect, ignorance, economic hardship of owner, disease, dentition, pecking order, parasites, or seasonal variation in availability of pasture. Remarkably, horses can survive chronic weight loss.

Juliet Getty, hay analysis, horse hay, eqine omega 3, equine omega 6, equine carbohydrates, equine protein, equine minerals, nutrition horse, hay testing, getty equine nutrition, horse's digestive tract, equine digestion, dr. getty's book

Many horses rely entirely on hay for their forage needs. Is hay nutritious? Not very. Hay is dead grass; it no longer contains many of the vitamins, omega 3s and omega 6s it once had as living pasture. It does, however, contain protein, carbohydrates, and minerals, and is a significant source of energy.

horse ulcers, juliet getty, equine ulcers, free choice forage feeding, horse digestion, beet pulp, hindgut microbial population, vitamin b horse

I never stop urging horse owners to “feed your horse like a horse,” for the simple reason that a horse, fed according to his physiology and instincts, will be healthier. Free choice forage feeding is the first line of defense against ulcers, but there is more an owner can do to protect his horse from the pain and stress of this condition.

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Malnourished and poorly cared for horses can be found even in countries of relative wealth such as Canada and the United States. In fact, the problem of neglected horses in these countries has worsened in recent years and reflects the growing number of horses that are no longer wanted or needed, or whose owners are no longer capable of providing care for them, physically or financially.

hay belly, overweight horse, obese horse, juliet getty, overweight horse

Ever been told that your horse has a hay belly and needs to lose weight? Well, relax! He’s not fat, he just has gas! In fact, gas production is normal and healthy. It indicates that your horse is getting enough hay for hindgut microbial fermentation to occur.

 nursing foals, weaning a foal, foal nutrition, mare nutrition, feeding a foal, foal feeding, robin duncan, creep feeding, stall weaning, horse forage, horse hay

Raising a young horse can be both rewarding and challenging. You spent a great deal of time researching stallion prospects for breeding, invested money in stallion fees, and patiently cared for your mare during her eleven month pregnancy.

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