Understanding how your horse eats will mean that you’re well on your way to understanding how to best manage the situation if your horse has taken ill with founder.
A horse pretty much eats all the time. They like to graze and it’s good for them. This is their natural feeding state; it’s the best horse feed for them and the best manner in which they can eat. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between what you should give them when they have founder and what and how you should feed them if they’re in the best of health.
Let the horse eat as much grass as possible and don’t give into the temptation to give you horse the horse products you might be offered down at the general store run by Mr. Hooper. Another thing is not to give into the temptation of giving them horse treats. It’s no treat for them – what they want is the simple healthy foods that will make them better able to deal with their illness. Stay away from horse treats to prevent laminitis.
Grass is some of the best stuff that horsey can get. It has within its green leaves most of their requirements in terms of nutrition. Grass also has silca. This substance is often thrown haphazardly into equine supplements but in truth it is a bloody good one and is important for your horses dental health.
Think about the wild horse such as you’ll find in some parts of the US and in the Camaguey region in France. They feed on forage alone as they’re unable to negotiate shops and bags of horse products by themselves, yet they lead quite healthy lives and the incidence of laminitis amongst wild horses is very low. There’s some food for thoughts.
In fact, this is an interesting point at which to stop and ponder that last point. The art of feeding horses is something that isn’t all that complicated. Instead of looking through the shops and suppliers for the best horse feed, you should listen to and observe what your horse does and how he eats. Grass and hay are what they will overwhelmingly go for. Horses are so beautiful.
Horses that feed away on grass all day are not inclined to get obesity. The modern horses are being brought up to be fat and unhealthy and if you want your ill horse to become healthier, you’ve got to listen and observe. If your horse is an easy keeper, then one thing that you have to watch is actually not to give him too much pasture. On the other hand, if you have a hard keeper, then let them get as much grass as they can get into them. You can even supplement it with alfalfa hay.
In fact, hay is the next brilliant thing you should give them after grass. The thing is that for most of us, we’re not able to let our horses eat outdoors the whole year round. The next best thing should do the trick. Finding good quality hay is the trick here. It’s a good idea to put the feed under a test just in case that it’s not as full of minerals and vitamins as it should be. If so, you might just have to get some equine supplements. Same thing applies for the easy keeper in terms of making sure that they don’t overdose on this stuff and, conversely, no need to worry about over feeding if it’s a hard keeper.
The alfalfa hay should also be one that you have to be a little extra careful with. It is the best type there is and, as such, you need to watch the quantity for the easy keeper, but you also need to make sure that it isn’t moldy or dusty. If you have either or both, then the problem will only be made worse. For the love of horses.