Feeding Myths Exposed

Equine nutritionist Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Ph.D. explores the truths and misconceptions behind some common beliefs and myths around feeding horses. Myth 1: My horse’s concentrate (grain mix) is the most important part of his diet. The most important part of the horse’s diet is water, followed by forage. Forages such as hay or pasture are what the horse’s digestive tract was designed for. Good-quality hay or pasture can provide the horse with almost all of the nutrients he needs. By offering ample forage, your horse can easily meet his calorie, protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin needs. The only nutrients that are typically low in forages are sodium and potentially selenium (depending on when and where it was grown). A trace mineral salt block can make up for these deficiencies. If your hay has been stored for more than six months, it may be low in vitamins A and…

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