5 Myths About Feeding Your Horse

 

Date: July 1st, 2016

 


#1. GOOD GRASS OR HAY IS GOOD ENOUGH


Most idle horses can look pretty good simply pasture fed. But that doesn't ensure things like hoof quality, muscle development, maintenance or bone strength. Most forages are unbalanced diets and overgrazed pastures can lack plenty of nutrients. For these reasons, strongly consider a feed that guarantees everything they need such as Nutrena Safe Choice horse feed.

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#2. PELLETED FEEDS CONTAIN FLOOR SWEEPINGS

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In the early days, maybe. Today - no. Reputable companies have quality control programs like HACCP to make sure strict standards are met. Traceability and product integrity is top of mind for these companies and therefore you will not find "floor sweepings" in their pelleted feed. In short, it's just plain bad for business to offer anything less.



#3. HULLS AND MIDDS ARE ALL A BUNCH OF HOOEY

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By-products are things like soy hulls from making soy oil/meal, or wheat midds - the portion of the grain that remains after the starch is removed when making flour. These by-products contain readily available, very valuable nutrients. Why not use 'em? Reputable companies test all by-products to ensure quality nutrients levels. Just ask if you're curious!

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#4 CORN AND HORSES DO NOT MIX

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When sourced, tested, processed and managed correctly, corn in a balanced diet has lots of benefits. Eating a lot of whole corn, which is about 65% starch, could lead to colic, but when formulated into an overall diet, corn can be a great source of energy in a feed ration.

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#5 PROTEIN MAKES HORSES GO BONKERS

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Many are surprised to learn protein does NOT makes horses "hot". In fact, horses don't even need crude protein - instead, they need the amino acids such as lysine, methionine and threonine. Fiber, strach and fat make much better energy sources.

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What other 'horse feeding myths' do you hear people talking about?

Article courtesy of Nutrena.



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