Continue to the previous post, we will find out some useful information about horse breeding in this article.
Grains are mainly used when we predict horse weight growth. Although small amounts of whole grains work great, we must be very careful, because too much of this food leads to life-threatening situations. As a rule of thumb, strong, mature, mature horses can consume more hay and grass, while older, injured and hard-working horses need more protein and possibly vitamins.
If our horses are working hard or are old, we can provide high-protein, mixed industrial feed.
Straw products are often supplied to elderly animals with dental problems.
Barley straw contains very little protein (about 5%) and is very high in fiber.
Let’s say that the first cut in the fields containing Trifolium alexandrinum and other related plants is an excellent source of fiber for horses.
Oat hay is a good food for adult horses to recuperate and new pregnant mares. According to Bob Coleman, horse owners should check the nitrate levels in oat hay to make sure the feed is safe. The nitrate content of the total horse diet should not exceed 0.5%.
Overall, the horse’s stomach is small for its enormous size. Therefore, it is ideal that horses have continuous but controlled access to a small amount of food, so that they can enjoy small and frequent meals instead of 2-3 larger meals per day. However, keep in mind that right before and immediately after strenuous work (eg horse riding), you should not feed your horse, as they will most likely experience colic. Finally, horse keepers often place the salt block inside the stable. In this way, the horses are free to lick the salt and they will meet their sodium and chloride requirements. However, keep in mind that many types of salt blocks are mineralized. They also contain other minerals.