When it comes to horse feeding, we have a graze and feed debate. It is true that horses (as well as cows, pigs, goats, and other animals now domesticated) have survived for centuries simply by eating grass and drinking water in the wild.
However, the average lifespan of a horse in the wild is much shorter than we would like the horse to live on. Furthermore, certain animals (older, hardworking, injured, etc.) require high levels of protein (and/or vitamins), which can only be found in industrial feed. In all cases, horses should be provided with 24 hours of freshwater.
A daily horse can eat hay that weighs more than 1% of its body weight. If you only own young and strong horses and if your field can have enough grass all year round, you can mainly feed your horses fresh grass and hay in the field and not spend hundreds of dollars. for industrial feed suppliers. With the term grass, we define a variety of plants: grass, clover, alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Lolium grass, legume, cabbage, etc.
Timothy, alfalfa and Trifolium alexandrinum (fresh or dried) are good basic grasses that provide good horse nutrition. You need to avoid toxic sorghum that are harmful to the health of your horse. Future breeders will conduct a study on plants found locally that can be toxic to horses.
These rules all apply to healthy horses. However, no horse resembles another horse, nor does they have the same abilities and physical needs. For example, older horses often have problems with teeth and / or movement. Therefore, they cannot graze for 15 hours a day in search of food. Therefore, different types of commercial food should be available at all times. Bran, sugar beets, pellets (feed pellets, flour, corn, oak), oats, barley, straw (chopped hay) and vitamins are used to supplement horse nutrition.