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Feeding and Nutrition


If we want to get the best from our horses, we must keep in mind their 'natural' feeding regime - and modify it to suit the work the horse is required to do and the amount of body condition it is - or should be - carrying.

Wild horses graze for between 12 and 18 hours a day - usually on poor native grassland.  Except during periods of extreme climate, ice or drought, they will usually survive quite well on this regime - but they are not required to work.

Therefore, a horse at rest during the Spring, Summer or Autumn months may not require supplementary feeding if he has full-time access to adequate pasture (at least 1 - 2 acres per horse.)


 

Fibre - hay, haylage and silage

Concentrates - feeding for work

The best site we've found about Pasture Management

Pasture Management

Older Horse (US)
Special Care and Nutrition

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Special Care and Nutrition

 
     
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