AT THE UNIVERSITY of Edinburgh, at their Equine Science programme, they are now doing a large study on what and how horses at different levels should eat in order to be happy, healthy and perform at their best. They have found that the knowledge about horse nutrition is rather poor in the average stables and they want to make a change. I’d therefore kindly like all of you horsey enthusiasts to participate in THIS RESEARCH. This way, hopefully, we can provide more horse owners with the knowledge lacking and turn more horses happy and healthy!
On my end I always try to keep is as natural as possible. All my horses eat mainly organic and self produced hay. Not haylage. I keep all my horses out in the field, every day, for natural movements and a grazing routine. They sleep on clean straw every night (straw doesn’t give the horse any nutrients or protein, and it doesn’t make them fat as long they work properly, but it’s packed with fibres that keeps their metabolic system going over night. Which helps prevents colic and also keeps them entertained by having something to nobble on.) They all eat grains to their breakfast and dinner hay, but not as much as the grain suppliers state they need. To the skinnier ones I give some extra sugar beets to increase appetite, and the rounder ones I keep on low sugar alternatives. They all get extra balancers, salt stones and minerals, they get hay four times a day, and I keep the same routines seven days a week.
Photography by Abigail Thompson