Content tagged "horse feeding management"

Water Intake and Electrolyte Supplementation for Horses

Horses Updated: December 23, 2015

Of the five basic nutrient groups - protein, carbohydrates and fats (energy sources), water, minerals and vitamins - water is the most essential to your...

Digestive System of the Horse

Horses Updated: December 23, 2015

In order to provide a horse with the proper nutrients it needs to survive, we must first understand the horse's digestive system and how it functions. This...

Antioxidants for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Carey A. Williams, Ph.D., Equine Extension Specialist; Lesleyann E. Atherly, Rutgers University, Cook College, Animal Science Research Student; Jessica D....

High Fat Diets for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Dr. Robert A. Mowrey, Extension Horse Husbandry Specialist On high-fat diets, horses perform longer without fatiguing, incur fewer injuries, and maintain...

Nutrient Requirements for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

David W. Freeman, OSU Extension Equine Specialist Horses are fed a variety of forms and types of feeds. Diets range from 100 percent pasture forage to 100...

Nutritional Considerations for Broodmares

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

David W. Freeman, Extension Equine SpecialistThe success of any breeding program depends partially on correct nutritional management of broodmares. Past...

Evaluating Rations for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

David W. Freeman, OSU Extension Equine Specialist Horses are fed a variety of feeds. Diets range from 100 percent pasture forage to 100 percent completely...

Feeding Management of the Equine

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

David W. Freeman, Extension Equine SpecialistOften, it is the way rations are fed rather than their composition that leads to digestive upset in horses. Even...

Feeding the Newborn Foal

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

  Colostrum is the first milk secreted by the mare immediately before foaling and up to 24 hours after foaling. It contains extremely high levels of...

Top Ten Nutrition Tips for Your Horse

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Marcia Hathaway, PhD, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science   Water is the most important nutrient needed by the horse. A horse should always...

Feeding Orphan Foals

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Bob Mowrey, Extension Horse Commodity Coordinator, North Carolina State University.  Horsemen faced with raising an orphan foal have two possibilities for...

Feeding Schedule for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyThe horse's digestive system is designed to allow small quantities of food to pass through continually during the day....

Feeding a Growing Horse

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Craig Wood, University of KentuckyThe growing period from birth to 12 months of age is a critical time in a horse’s life because 90 percent of mature height...

Changing the Diet of Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Craig Wood, University of KentuckyWhether it’s the grain, hay, or time on pasture, any change in the horse's diet should be spread over several days or...

Grain Feeding for Horses

Horses Updated: October 28, 2014

Craig Wood, University of KentuckyHorses should be provided the grain meal at the same time as feeding forages. Like hay, grain should be fed from a feeder...

Feeding Frequency for Horses

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyWhen feeding the horse, there are three general guidelines one should follow. Let’s look at the reasons why farm...

Common Feeding Programs for Horses

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Craig Wood, University of KentuckyThe National Research Council (1989) has published a guide to feeding horses entitled "Nutrient Requirements of Horses."...

Slowing Down the Fast Eating Horse

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyHorses that eat fast and aggressively should be encouraged to eat more slowly. Horses that bolt their food have a...

Body Condition and Reproductive Performance of Broodmares

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

David W. Freeman, OSU Extension Equine Specialist Body condition refers to the amount of fat on a horse’s body. Fat is tissue that serves to store energy and...

Nutritional Concerns for Exercising Horses

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Dr. David W. Freeman, Oklahoma Extension Equine SpecialistThe horse is a unique specie of livestock in that its primary purpose is for pleasure or work....

Selecting Horse Hay

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

 Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Good quality hay is essential, since hay constitutes a large majority of the horse’s diet. Several factors influence...

Hay Analysis: Its Importance and Interpretation

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Jenifer Nadeau, M.S., Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Equine Extension Specialist, Department of Animal ScienceHaving your hay analyzed is a great idea. It is the...

Feeding Horses by Weight, Not Volume

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyAll concentrates do not weigh the same. For example:A 3-lb coffee can full ofTherefore, a coffee can full of oats is...

Group Feeding of Horses

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Craig Wood, University of Kentucky In a herd situation, horses establish a dominance hierarchy--a pecking order. In group feeding, you must keep this...

Feeding a Horse for Maintenance

Horses Updated: October 27, 2014

Craig Wood, University of KentuckyMaintenance is a component of all physiological states, defined as no net gain or loss of any nutrients. The nutrients...

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