Nutritional Articles — Autumn Feeding RSS



In nutritional terms, what should I consider as the grass changes in autumn/winter?

As autumn begins, grass growth slows, and the nutritional profile becomes deficient in key vitamins and minerals. Horses tend to spend more time stabled, as a consequence it is an important time to balance their forage ration (grass, hay or haylage) to ensure digestive health is maintained. As a trickle feeder, additional forage provision allows your horse to maintain a healthy gut. Fermentation of forage in the hind gut serves an important role in keeping your horse warm. However, hay and autumn/winter grass is typically low in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so ensure the rest of your horse’s diet is balanced to compensate for this. For those who lose weight more easily in the colder months, calorie content, good quality protein and probiotics are vital....

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