Do Horses need GrainHorses need grain?
The Monday legends reveal frequent misunderstandings about a number of issues related to the horses' condition and maintenance. Those are genuine testimonies from genuine horsemen. Essential feeding for horses consists of grasses (pasture or hay), cereals and lots of rain. If you go into almost every shed, you'll probably find a special room filled with sacks and drums of a wide array of grain-based feed.
The horses are fed their fresh fodder, pellet fodder or any kind of prepared fodder twice a day and sometimes more. One shovel of grain and two pieces of flock Holly - or a grazing tag - is the food most horses eat. But it is a mistake that horses must have cereals in their diet.
Pasture grazers are engineered to obtain all the food and power they need from feed or a wide range of stem-like, filamentous grass and crops. Cereals are just an option. Here is a look at why cereal feed has become the standard, as well as some good reason why you might want to consider what and how to include cereals in your horse's food.
Equidae' gastrointestinal system is developed to degrade and assimilate structured sugars found in feed through the hind intestinal digestion path. By fermenting these intricate sugars in the hind intestine, horses can obtain up to 70% of their everyday diet. You will also get all the proteins, lipids, vitamines and mineral nutrients you need from a good food mixture.
Then why are we giving them grain? Horses that are in work, keeping tough or looking after brood mares have an added need for increased power that may not be covered by high-quality straw or grazing weed. Horses are fed cereal feed to cover this added calorie requirement. Simplified sugars in starches such as oat, cereal and maize are readily absorbed in the horse's forearm and converted into added nutrition.
Granules used in concentrates are mainly sugars and starches or basic sugars. In order to be used properly by the horses, they must be degraded by the digestive system and taken in through the small bowel. Eating fast or eating too large a food (typically just over five pounds), the animal will pass through the forearm without being fully ingested.
Once this indigested strength enters the hind intestine, it disrupts the normal processes of digestion and can cause a variety of conditions beginning with a mild intestinal disequilibrium and deterioration of intestinal mass, intestinal boils or even colitis and founder. When your pony is lightweight or without work, a humble breeder, or essentially a grazing animal - she probably doesn't need grain in her nutrition.
When your grazing grasses and straw are made from a high-quality, appropriate blend, she gets all the food and power she needs for her relaxed life style. However, if you have a moderate or more experienced rider, a tough guardian, or a breast-feeding mare, she probably needs extra nutritional value.
It is important in this case to consider what and how to add these additional calories. What is important in this case is that you take the right amount of energy and how to add it. Breaking grain into several small snacks taken throughout the workday. Offer free food intake for your body to maintain good intestinal hygiene and ensure as much food as possible. Combine cereal food with straw or use a low speed automatic chewer to prolong mastication and prevent the horses from locking cereals.
Instead, consider using turnip schnitzel, a high energy food that is safe for your horse's digestion, as it is a compound protein derived from carbohydrates produced by rear-anfermentation. Offer extra indigestion assistance to compensate for possible adverse cereal impact on the ileum. It is a legend that all horses must have grain in their food.
Revaluate your horse's food schedule, and if grain is not really necessary, take it out. When your horses really need the additional power that the food alone can't deliver, think about how and what you're going to give them for optimum digestion and therefore power. Equestrian need grain = Mythos.
Re-assess the unique needs of your horses and work with your vet and your dietician to make sure your nutrition programme is nutritious and digestive.