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Feed Your Horse with These Considerations in Mind

When it comes to feeding your horse, it’s important you are familiar with the psychosocial and psychological effects behind how your horse is fed and how the feed used impacts horses. You should also know how your horses’ digestive system works. Below we’ve complied important things you ought to consider when feeding your horse.

Background Information

Generally, the majority of people think a skinny horse means the horse owner is somewhat careless in caring for their horse. However, this is not always the case. While the trouble often tends to be a bad stable or horse management, it is still often not the root of the problem. Regularly horse owners don’t recognize the importance of a well-balanced diet that includes a high quality feed, until they notice a problem. Excessive weight loss can be the first sign that something is wrong. Listed below are a couple of reasons why a healthy horse can become lean within a few weeks:

  • Inadequate nutrition.
  • Stress or psychological reasons.
  • Physiological or medical conditions.

Before overfeeding in an effort to counteract the problem, figure out the reason for the weight loss. Insufficient nutrition can contribute to loss of weight. Insufficient nutrition takes into account the following factors:

  • Not enough food.
  • Wrong type of food.
  • No routine or set feeding times.

Physiologically and medically, it has been proven that an injury can greatly contribute to lost weight. Often when an injury occurs, this lose of body fat can be seen very early. The reason for the injury can be caused by an infection. In addition, the horse may not have enough food or be able to digest food properly. Only a dentist or vet can tell you this precisely. Physiological and medical reasons for weakness can include:

  • Recovering from conditions, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Worm infestations.
  • Tooth ulcers.
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Sharp edges on the teeth.

The majority of people don’t realize the psychosocial impact that food and feeding can have on a horse.

Further Investigation

What you feed your horse can often be determined by the season. During the springtime horses appear playful, joyful and of good temperament. They remain like this until mid-autumn, after which they can become unhappy and tend to be more irritable. The winter months can increase their sense of irritability. If it wasn’t for the concern of food, horses would stay happy and joyful, all-year-around.

Due to the abundance of food in spring and summer, horses can play and breed without the concern of having to look for food. However, around mid-autumn, food is less plentiful, which makes the horses less playful and sometimes short-tempered. When the winter months come, food is less abundant which can cause horses to become protective of their food.

Horse Management Today

Today, the majority of horses are kept in huge numbers on properties, which are usually too small for the number of horses. Horses in this condition are usually fed out of bag and bale. Due to the increase in feed costs, most farms are limited to how much food the horse can receive. Once all these factors are taken into consideration, it is easy to understand why horses can become weak.

Enabling Your Horse to Gain Weight Naturally

Managing and ensuring a healthy diet for your horse is the most important thing to consider when feeding your horse. One of the most natural ways to keep your horse healthy, well fed and in good physical shape requires an all-natural high quality feed.  At Harmonize, we offer a unique supplement blend that is made specifically for all types of horses, regardless of their age. Harmonize can help boost the immunity of horses, assist in managing healthy weight gain and improve body condition. Our secret: A blend of pre-biotics, pro-biotics and enzymes.

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