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Nutrition

Thumbs up Meeting your horse’s daily salt requirements Horses need at least one ounce of salt per day, but pasture, hay, and fortified grain contain very little salt. A supplement like SmartSalt™ Pellets helps ensure that your horse gets a consistent...
Thumbs up Omega 3s Maintaining the correct balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids is critical to your horse’s health. Supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids is a smart way to ensure that your horse’s good health can shine...
Q: Do horses know not to eat bad hay? A: Horses will generally avoid any feed that is spoiled or moldy unless they have nothing else to eat. This is also true for poisonous plants, which may be growing in...
Maybe you don’t think much about your horse’s digestive health. Or maybe he’s had a bout of ulcers or colic, and you think about it a lot. In either case, the equine digestive tract is an amazing place. The horse’s...
As you probably know, every horse is an individual. Some seem to gain weight seemingly by breathing air, while others can eat three times as much and still look super lean. This means you need a slightly different nutrition program...
As the seasons come and go, your horse’s nutritional needs will change, requiring some adjustments to his diet. Start your new year off right with a resolution to plan his annual feeding schedule. Read on for season-by-season advice, followed...
Which should be fed first – hay or grain? If you’re feeding correctly, this issue is truly a moot point because the horse should have access to forage (hay and/or pasture) 24/7 with no gaps. Therefore, when fed concentrates,...
Living pasture grasses and alfalfa are rich in fat and water-soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. But once they are cut, dried, and stored as hay, many nutrients that were once plentiful begin to dwindle. Fat soluble...
Winter is almost here, and that means that the grass in your horse’s pasture is almost gone, if not completely depleted already. Most horses require supplemental forage for at least part of the year, and for most, that comes in...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: I love giving my horse special treats, so I was wondering what kind of fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your horse? A: You...
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