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Five things I learnt while working for a feed company
Mom grew up with a pony as a domestic animal (Babe was her name) and much of what I had learnt came from how she had led her one. The " conventional " way of thinking about food; " from time to time straw and sweets are all a horsemeat needs " and this is what my horsemeat was fed...until I began to work for a feedmill.
These are the top 5 things I learnt about diet and quality control as a consequence of working for a feedmill. Aim of the feed. As adults we would use food as lure to get the horse from the pastures, a treat after a good horse riding (of course after proper cooling) or on very cool evenings, but certainly not every time.
The majority of fodder is conceived to supply a horses with the nourishment that cannot be provided by grass or grass alone. A lot of folks see diet as a simple provision of "energy", which many of them do. Usually, when it comes to feed, you get what you are paying for, so often the cheaper foods are conceived to deliver a minimal amount of nutrient.
It is therefore important that you choose the right food for your horses so that they maintain the right nutritional equilibrium to meet their needs, be it food for the body as a whole, i. e. food for food, protein or protein. As soon as you have found the right diet for your horses, you may be surprised how good they look and how lucky they look.
To pay more for food can help saving in the long run. It used to feed a cheap sweetened mixture to my Horse and spend my monies on additions to deliver what the feed did not do, in contrast to a completely reinforced feed for it. In most cases, a high value, enriched feed given in the right amount makes most food additives superfluous, and you may be amazed that it can be less expensive.
A number of exemptions exist where it is either illegally or excessively hard to incorporate certain nutritional substances into a feed, such as common assistance (it is prohibited by legislation to incorporate any component that is deemed to be a medicine in equine feed). It is useful in these cases to complement it to deliver what the feed cannot.
The feed direction makes a big distinction. Direction of feed is important because most diets are designed to deliver a certain level of nutrient content on the basis of the amount of extra food you feed (not shovels), which is in proportion to your horse's overall body mass. To reach the suggested values, you need to know how much your horses weigh and how much your feed is.
As adults, we were just lining a "shovel", regardless of whether it was a feed or a horsemeat. Frequently, this means that your horses are underfed or overfed. When you begin to feed your horses at the suggested feed values and find that your horses are not in optimal physical shape, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate whether you are eating the right food.
Some of the additional "things" offered in a fully enriched feed I always thought were just foot-foot dusty or day dressing. It was one of my greatest'ah ha' times when I realised that (at least with Nutrena feeds) it's not just about putting another line to the nutrient day guarantee, it's about really bringing a value to the equine.
And I saw it when I moved my ponies from a locally grown mixture of sweets from the mill. To know that your steed is the best way to feed it. I used to think, however, that there were very few differences in diet. In contrast to livestock, human beings breed selective equines with characteristics other than feed efficacy.
Therefore, the general equine community has a broad spectrum of nutritional needs, from the simple owner to the tough owner and everything in between. It is part of the personal leadership to be close to your horses, to observe changes in their performances, attitudes and physical conditions throughout the year and how they react to their food and diet.
If he changes jobs (increasing or decreasing workload) or enters the next phase of his career, it is important to re-evaluate his eating habits to give him what he needs. During my tenure as an associate at a feed business, I learnt so much about food and business administration. As a result of research, my horse is now enjoying better diet, better performances and better looks, as are yours!