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Top 20 Tips for Feeding Horses

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Have a new Horse? Here are feeding tips.

Rated 0 points - posted 9 years ago by dspsfarm in category Other.
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Regularly inspect your hay for mold Report Abuse
Moldy hay not only smells bad but has dust, which can create respiratory problems.
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Never feed moldy grain or grain infested with pests. Report Abuse
Fresh grain will help maintain your horse's strength and integrity.
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Protect feed and hay from rain or damp ground. Report Abuse
Make sure the feed shed is waterproof.
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Feed little and often Report Abuse
Horses in their natural state graze almost continuously. This suits their limited stomach capacity and gradual digestive system. Large feeds of concentrates must contain fibre to slow down the eating process. Eating too much, too quickly, overloads the stomach, causing severe indigestion or colic.
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Always water before feeding but it is better to have fresh, clean water available at all times. Report Abuse
A horse is unlikely to drink too much at once, from thirst. More than 1/2 of a horse's body weight is water. He need it to digest and absorb food, and can drink more than 8 gallons in a day.
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Feed only good quality hay and grain Report Abuse
This will prove and economy: the horse will benefit more and need less.
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Do not make sudden changes of diet and keep to regular feed times. Report Abuse
A horse's digestive system adaopts and works best to a routine, and the balance can esaily be upset, cauing colic, filled legs, azoturia or other problems.
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Never work a horse fast soon after a full feed, or too much grass Report Abuse
A bulging stomach presses on the lungs, causing laboured breathing and distress.
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Keep buckets and mangers clean Report Abuse
Remove leftovers so your horse is not eating old, or dirty, food.
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Store feed in a clean, dry container Report Abuse
Otherwise vermin, mould or other possible contaminants will get into your horse's food.
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Worm your horse regularly and have his teeth checked Report Abuse
Good food may be wasted and worthless if these tasks are not done regularly.
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A bran mash is a mild laxative, fed warm, and is suitable for a fit horse the night before he has a rest day. Report Abuse
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Hay racks should be easy to reach. Falling seeds irritate eyes and nostrils. Report Abuse
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If dust makes your horse cough, or thick-winded, soak or damp his hay. Report Abuse
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Never exercise a horse on a full stomach. Report Abuse
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Sugar beet nuts and pulp make an appetising supplement. If not thoroughly soaked can swell in the stomach and cause colic. Report Abuse
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Succulents like sliced carrots and apples add variety. Report Abuse
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Milk pellets, or powder, are mainly for breeding stock. Report Abuse
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Salt, minerals and vitamins are only fed when known to be lacking Report Abuse
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Molassine meal, or liquid molasses, is an energy-giving appetiser Report Abuse
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