Remember that it’s a herbivore!
Make sure your horse is given enough fodder: the hay-grass ratio should constitute at least one half of its daily diet.
Pay attention to the type of bedding: straw or artificial.
Check the quality of fodder: appropriate storage, mould, pollution of any kind, the haymaking period (which has a significant impact on the nutritional values).
Then supplement the diet as necessary.
 

 

Distribution

  • Whenever a change in diet incurs, apply a minimum 8-day transition period.
  • Feed your horse at regular times.
  • Split up the number of meals, especially in the case of bulk concentrate amounts: ideally 3 concentrate meals (for 2.5 / 3 kg or more per day).
  • Observe a feeding order: water > fodder > concentrates (allow a 2-hour interval)
  • Verify the density of the dried food (number of g/litre): regularly weigh each feed to verify the quantities fed.  Remember: intake is measured per kg of dry or gross matter ingested, and not per litre!
  • Allow your horse to have access to a salt lick at all times.

 

 

Feeding

  • Cleanliness of the feeding troughs: check and if possible, clean the troughs daily.  This also enables you to check your horse’s appetite and to find out whether it picks at its food and leaves bits uneaten.
  • Tranquillity: ensure sufficient space between each horse at feeding times to take account of rivalry.
  • Split meals into equal amounts.
  • Monitor the quality and cleanliness of water: 15 to 70 litres consumed daily, depending on each horse and the type of food fed.
     

 


Other recommendations

  • Regularly administer a wormer to your horse
  • Check the state of its teeth
  • Check the hygiene and exposure of your stables and shelters
  • Store food in a dry place, away from light and rodents
  • Thoroughly clean out your silos at regular intervals (2 to 3 times per annum).


 

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