How to Feed a HorseWhat is the best way to feed a horse?
Your horse's feed regulations
For the very first a horse you approached, you probably began to hear the rule - don't go after a horse, don't run anywhere, always feed delicacies on the palms of your hands with your hands up. Dietary regulations are the big ones. Memorize them and you have a good basis on which you can base all your horse grooming.
A lot of leisure and hiking ponies do not need grain: good meadows or good meadows are enough. Cereals can be added when there is not enough straw, but most of a horse's calorie intake should always come from rough forage. Hummingbirds are intended to feed on forage and their digestion system is adapted to use the food in blades of grass.
One to two per cent of a horse's daily dietary fibre intake is recommended. A horse that spends a lot of free range in stables does not graze much, but its habits of being fed naturally can be reproduced by having most of the day's straw in front of it. When you feed your horse seed, give it in several smaller rather than one large meal.
Twice a full working days most of our ponies receive corn for the comfort of their masters. If, for any particular occasion, you need to give your horse a large amount of cereal, you should consider an extra lunch. Small, regular snacks are not only more naturally for the horse, but also allow the horse to better digestion and feed.
If a horse is overfed at once, the feed is not so well ingested. Each horse has different needs. Horse that are not busy or don't have a good field need more grass, whether indoors or out.
Add additional meadowland in winters or droughts. The heurations can be reduced or eliminated when the gras is thick and luxuriant, according to the available meadow. For cereals, less is more and more, so begin and adapt with a minimum quantity. You will find the right mix of willow, straw and corn for your horse's needs.
When your horse's workload changes, be sure to adapt the feed intake. When you make a modification to your horse's feed or rations, make the modification step by step. Abrupt variations in the amount or nature of the feed can cause colics or decay. When you modify the amount of feed, raise or lower each feed a little, if possible over several week.
To change the feed style, one way is to change 25 per cent of the present feed to the new one every two working day, so that the horse eats 100 per cent of the new feed in six working day. Begin weighing your horse with a paper scales, or with a scales in your own feedshop.
As soon as you find out how much the horse's usual diet weights, you should take this dose when you feed it with a spoon, a tea can or whatever you need. As a rule, the median thousand lb horse, which depends on hey for all its feed, consumes fifteen to twenty lb per diem. When you don't know how much the grass you feed is weighed, you can use a bath scales to verify, then feed the part of a ball your horse needs.
You should best allow about an hours after your horse has eaten before you ride it. Full digestion system gives the horse's lung less space to work and makes training more difficult. If you feed a horse after work, let it fully chill - its respiratory frequency should be back to normality and its skins should not be feeling warm or soaked.
The horse lives on routines, and its astonishingly precise inner watches make it into much better timers than its people. Animals should be kept according to a uniform feed plan, with food coming in at the same times each other. However, for a horse that tends to colics, a rapid alteration in routines can be more than a nuisance and could be enough to cause a colikeneepisode.