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Why do horses gain weight in winter?

In the wild, horses gain weight during the spring and summer months to prepare for when access to food is more limited during the autumn and winter when they lose weight.

How do I know if my horse needs nutritional intervention?

Before any nutritional intervention can take place, an assessment of your horse’s body weight and body condition needs to be done. This will allow you to calculate the amount of feed your horse requires and to determine if your horse needs to gain or lose weight.

Is your horse at risk of becoming overweight?

If a horse has been overweight before, they have a higher risk of becoming so again – prevention is better than cure. Equine obesity is an ongoing problem, and a battle faced by many horse owners nationwide.

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How do you diagnose nutritional problems in horses?

When a problem arises that is suspected to be linked with the nutritional management of the horse, a complete history, evaluation of the horse (s) involved, feed samples, and tissue samples may be necessary to pinpoint the cause.

How do I know if my horse needs more vitamin E?

Detecting a deficiency is difficult, but a clear sign of a vitamin E deficiency is a dry or damaged coat or skin. Characterized by patchy, dry, and inflamed fur, skin, or mane, these symptoms are signs that your horse needs more vitamin E in their diet. A great indicator of vitamin E deficiency in your horse is damage to the horse’s eyes.

How do I know if my horse is water deficient?

Signs that your horse may be water deficient include decreased feed intake and physical activity, and signs of dehydration like dry mucous membranes in the mouth, dry feces, and decreased capillary refill time.

Do horses need vitamin C supplements?

Vitamin C is found in fresh vegetables and fruits, and produced naturally by the liver. None of these are usually required in a horse’s diet. Severely stressed horses, however, may benefit from B-complex and vitamin C supplements during the period of stress.

Why should you test your horse’s feed?

Having the horse’s feed tested is an excellent way to ensure proper nutrition. A horse that has been diagnosed with a vitamin E deficiency should have plasma vitamin E levels tested per veterinary advice.

Is your horse carrying too much weight?

A horse that is above 3 on this scale is receiving excessive amounts of energy or calories and is carrying too much weight. Encouraging weight loss by decreasing overall energy intake and increasing exercise to improve fitness levels will ultimately help to improve your horse’s energy levels.

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Why do horses like oats so much?

The explanation is that the fast releasing energy from oats can raise certain hormone levels, which causes the over-energetic behaviour of the horse. It is also known that the protein in oats is very easy to digest by horses, a lot easier than the protein in other grains. Therefore horses who are on oats have instant energy.

Does my horse need a vitamin E test?

A horse that has been diagnosed with a vitamin E deficiency should have plasma vitamin E levels tested per veterinary advice.

How much vitamin E should I give my Horse?

All horses received the same diet and either 1,000 mg/day of synthetic vitamin E (four horses) or 1,000 mg/day of the natural-source vitamin E (four horses). The results revealed that an equivalent amount of the natural-source vitamin E increased plasma vitamin E levels 56% above baseline compared to the synthetic product.

How much vitamin C should I give my Horse?

A suitable dosage for a horse is 5,000 mg daily. I recommend Riva’s Remedies vitamin C. It is straight ascorbic acid and 1 tsp is the equivalent of 5,000 mg. Vitamin C supplementation is best given short-term, as long-term supplementation can interfere with the absorption of other minerals such as selenium and copper.

What are the signs of a vitamin C deficiency in horses?

More general signs of a vitamin C deficiency can include fatigue, weakness, adrenal burnout, poor wound healing, chronic infections, poor immunity, or swollen and tender joints. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble compound that horses manufacture themselves.

Is your horse vitamin E deficient?

If your horse is on grass only a few hours a day, on a dirt lot, or has teeth issues and can’t graze correctly, they will be Vitamin E deficient. Fresh grass changes throughout the year in its amount of Vitamin E.

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Do horses need selenium?

Many areas of the US are selenium deficient and horses do need Vitamin E/Selenium combined products or selenium in grain mixes (Selenite). Generally, these products have very little Vitamin E and you will need to add an all-Vitamin E product.

Is selenium in yeast harmful to horses?

Nutritionists often hear concerns from horse owners about feeding supplemental selenium due to toxicity concerns. However, toxicity is highly unlikely when organic forms such as selenized yeast are used.

Is your horse’s Hay test healthy?

Remember, regardless of your hay test, your horse will be healthier if you follow some basic feeding principles including feeding frequent, small meals and providing ample fresh water. Main photo: Robin Duncan Photography

When should I give my Horse a carbohydrate boost?

This safe source of carbohydrate can be use before, during and following exercise to support energy delivery, or as an energy booster in lethargic horses. Also available as a daily powder.

How much does it cost to feed a horse oats?

If oats are $12.50 per 50-pound bag, the cost to feed 7 pounds per day is $1.75. If Omolene ® #500 horse feed is $20.50 per 50-pound bag, it costs $2.05 per day to feed 5 pounds. So, it looks like oats are cheaper, right?