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Selection of the right horse feed
So many horse feed choices available to us today, it can seem like a formidable challenge to select the one that is best for your horse. Whilst the choice of horse feed can sometimes seem tricky and bewildering, there are a few easy issues to answer in order to facilitate the whole procedure and make sure that you select the feed that best suits not only your horse but also the highest possible level of nutrition.
Is the food suitable for my horse? Fodder, such as grasses and straw, is the most important part of the horse's nutrition. Horse should feed on about 2.0% of their body weight in high grade feed per diem. That means a 1000 pound horse should be eating at least 20 pounds of weed per diem to remain well.
How the food your horse eats affects the kind of food you choose. When you have easy acces to high grade, high fat feed, then your horse can best work with a reduced fat feed or dietary supplement (depending on the horse's exercise level). Horse intake of fewer calories, more ripe feeds may need to be supplemented with more calories, enriched cereal mixtures to compensate for the lack of diet in the feed.
Is this horse feed supportive of my horse's physical condition and activities? A horse can find itself in many different states of physiology, such as gestation, breastfeeding, growth, power and care. Equestrian animals that breed, grow and perform have different nutritional needs than those that breed. You need feed with higher calories contents, higher proteins contents and higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
Furthermore, the activities of a horse influence how it has to be feed. Powerphorses can be divided into easy, medium, difficult and very difficult classes. There is a drastic rise in the amount of calories required in relation to exercise intensity, which means that high and very high exercise requires more calories than low or medium exercise.
Will my horse need food that has been developed for a certain target group? The nutrient requirement of the horse is strongly influenced by aging. Juvenile equines have a much higher nutrient requirement than adults as they grow and require a higher level of diet to help develop bones, tendons and muscles. Characteristic food for human consumption is between 14% and 16% raw material proteins with a level of at least 0.8% pure content of pure soy.
In addition to increasing numbers of young and old stallions, older stallions will also have particular dietary needs. As older equines cannot easily assimilate the nutrient, older feedingstuffs often contain higher amounts of proteins, vitamines and mineral salts to maintain good equine wellbeing. Seniors' feed should also be easily chewable and higher in fibre, as many older riders have tooth decay which means they are unable to correctly gnaw and feed.
Is this food the same as my horse's capacity to hold it? Like humans, equines have a different metabolic system. A few horse seem to remain firm in the breeze they are breathing, while others fight to keep their weights no matter how much they are feeding. A horse's feed is important to help its own metabolic processes.
Light owners or stallions who have no problem maintaining a good body mass (and may even be overweight) should be kept on calorie-reduced foods so that they do not cause adiposity. Conversely, tough mounts need to be fed commercially, which are energy-tight and deliver the amount of heat needed to maintain the horse's body mass.
In the ideal case, feed for livestock farmers is rich in fat to deliver healthier energy than sugars and starches. Does this feed have low starches and low sugars? Horse research has well demonstrated that a low strength, low added sugars diet is safe for the horse and reduces the risks of many bodily complaints.
Due to these would-be risks, high-quality horse feed uses calorie derived fuels from fats and dietary fibres as these energy resources are safe and do not pose the risks to human life posed by carbohydrate solubility. Generally, foods that are higher in fats and fibre and lower in sugars and starches are generally more healthy choices than those that are high in NSC.
In NSC, commercially produced feed with a high grain concentration will be much higher than those containing components such as turnip schnitzel, soya husks and ricegrants. Does the horse feed contain high grade active substances? It is often said that "you get what you are paying for", and that has never been more true than with horse feed.
To keep feed cost low, many feed manufacturers will use low-grade constituents in their feed formulation. A low-grade component is one that is less easily digested, resulting in a food that cannot hold a horse's body weight or does not function as intended. Some of the low-grade additives you can find in commercially produced feed include byproducts from the hay mill and dry grain stills, as well as groundnut and ricehull husks.
The byproduct of the hay mill is a low-grade fibre which is not fully biodegradable. Distillation dry granules are a low grade crude proteinaceous resource that is very versatile and can therefore cause issues with constant amounts of amino acids and good savour. Soya flour, soya husks, turnip schnitzel and ricebranch are some of the highest value added raw materials we have for horse feed formulas, so it is best to select feed with a high level of these raw materials.
This feed is a solid feed recipe? Feed businesses can use two different methodologies for preparing products: lowest costs and solid formulas. The cheapest are horse feedingstuffs where the firm considers the costs of the constituents in the feed composition and thus produces a feed at the lowest possible costs.
However, the lowest costs wording is problematic because feed additive costs differ widely from Week to Week. If the costs for the raw materials are changed, the equation also changes. Whilst the nutritional guarantee on the label does not alter, the active substance composition in the feed certainly does. Horse's alimentary system is very susceptible to sudden changes, so formulas at the lowest possible costs can cause the horse to stop feeding, get throttle and even get clot.
Solid feed formulas, on the other paper, are made from formulas that do not alter regardless of what the food additive industry does. Generally, solid feed formulas are those that do not have a label stitched onto the lining pouch - the raw materials are directly imprinted onto the lining pouch itself.
Furthermore, no general terminology such as'cereal products' or'molasses products' is used in solid formulated feedingstuffs. Does this horse feed have optimal workmanship of the seeds? A hallmark of good horse feed is that it meets the horse's need for nutrients without causing digestion or metabolism problems. Fodder preparation, e.g. by pelletizing or extrusion, has proven to be less conducive to digestion in equidae and at the same time increases the level of nutrients digestible.
Nevertheless, the expression of horse feed can pose some problems. Firstly, the high temperature used in the extruder destroys part of the feed's naturally occurring vitamine and forces the feed business to supplement it with additional quantities of these vitamines. The additional supply of vitamines increases the costs for the enduser.
In addition, it has been shown that extrusion feed has indeed a deleterious effect on the horse by enhancing the glycaemic reaction to this feed. Glycaemic reaction is a measurement of the increase in a horse's sugar level after a meal. What is more, the glycaemic reaction is a measurement of the increase in a horse's sugar level after a meal. 2. It can be harmful for a horse that is susceptible to changes in its sugar level, such as those caused by resistant blood sugar, Cushing' s illness or persistent organic solvents (EPSM).
In order to make things even more complicated, extrusions are less tight than other feeds, so a shovel of an extrusions can have the same mass as only half a shovel of a pellet feed. That means you may need to feed more of an extrusion feed to get the same amount of food.
Whilst extrusion feed is promising, no one has shown at this stage that there are any advantages not found in a pellet feed.