Equine Maintenance Tips
Helpful hints on how to keep your horse happy and healthy.
September 2, 2009
From AQHA Educational Marketing Alliance Partner Country Living Association
Whether your horse is a top competitor or a pasture ornament, good nutrition is very important.
Read through these 10 basic steps and learn what you can do to keep your horse happy and healthy all year long - easy keeper or not!
Your horse's nutrition is up to you:
- Always supply unlimited quantities of clean, fresh water – a critical nutrient needed by a horse. The increase in need rises with rising temperatures.
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- Minimize concentrate consumption. Cereal grains such as oats and corn should not be used too frequently to replace the forage component. A mature horse should not be fed more than .3 to .4 percent of its body weight in cereal grains.
- Calcium to phosphorous ratio (Ca:P) should be between 3:1 and 1:1 – a horse requires a number of different minerals in its diet.
- Vitamins are essential to a horse’s diet. It may be necessary to supplement some vitamins.
- Balance a horse’s ration in the following order: energy, protein, minerals, vitamins. An economical and nutritionally wise approach to feeding your horse would be to consult a reference or a doctor. Special requirements should be made to ensure that requirements for energy, proteins, vitamins and minerals are met.
- Monitor your horse’s body weight and body condition score.
- Maintain your horse’s teeth in good condition. Teeth must be filed down to prevent sharp points that can make chewing painful.
- Change feed gradually instead of abruptly.
- Feed each horse as an individual. Although horses are similar, they may have unique needs that may require special attention.
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