Meals are very important when it comes to nutrition. It plays a crucial role in ensuring that they stay on top of their game whenever wherever. But there’s more to it than just giving horses their food for the day. Care to find out what? Check out Topspec’s list for a series of expert tips.
- PORTION – Since horses were not blessed with digestive systems that can take a beating, meal portions have to be small. Overindulging can do more than just the usual indigestion. Oftentimes, they suffer from colic or worse a rupture. The daily requirements and intake should be broken down into several portions, usually three or more, to avoid such incidents.
- FREQUENCY – As mentioned earlier, daily requirements are to be broken down into several portions so meals are given at a higher level of frequency per day. However keep it mind that we’re talking about smaller portions but higher frequency. The total amount should remain the same.
- SCHEDULE – Equines are animals that thrive on routine. Abrupt changes and inconsistencies will take their toll on their health. Owners are advised by experts to maintain and develop a consistent schedule or time for when horses are fed. This ensures that appetite loss, indigestion, colic and even anxiety are kept at bay. Doing so will also help establish manners and training.
- KIND – Be particular when it comes to choosing what to feed horses. Not all food items are good or even safe for them just because humans or other animals take them. Opt for healthier and organic choices like fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Buy quality hay that is mold and dust free. Furthermore, inform yourself about the various items that should never, by all means, be fed to them like chocolate, coffee, cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprout), avocado, lawn and garden clippings and bran mashes among others.
- SIZE – Everything should be bite-sized but they should also be large enough to be chewable. For instance, carrots and apples have to be chopped up. Avoid feeding them large sized items because they may suffer from a choking incident.
- MODERATION – Last but not the least, Topspec puts a lot of emphasis when it comes to moderation. When giving meals and even treats to your horses, there has to be control. This way, obesity and colic are best avoided.