I've been spoiled over the last 3 years boarding my horse at a great facility. She's my first and only horse. My fiance and I are building a house and barn, and should be ready to move ourselves and my horse Lola to our new home by next summer. So, I've been trying to educate myself on horse nutrition (ahead of time). But, I am finding it is harder than learning calculus! I cannot believe how ignorant I am about what my horse is eating!!!! Thankfully the BO knows what she's doing and Lola is in fantastic health. But this lack of knowledge needs to change.
Can anyone give a BEGINNER the basics. I've been reading books and searching online and all I am finding is VERY complicated explinations or conflicting opinions. I am looking for someone to "dumb it down" for me so I can grasp the basics and build a foundation. At this point, I am not looking for recommendations for brands of feed, but rather what I should be looking IN feed for optimal health. And WHY.
Recommendations on books would be welcome too. I've bought dozens that describe 25% grain and 75% forage... or 2.5% body weight in grain daily... or colorful charts and diagrams with odd measurements... yada yada... But that doesn't help me understand WHAT my horse needs daily for nutrition and WHAT to look for in a feed! I hate to say it but either the information I've found is lacking any specific detail or it's pack with SO MUCH detail I cannot understand a word.
I've been reading alot lately on ration balancer. Opinions vary on this, I know.
I hope this thread can be help to myself and others. I'm ashamed to admit I am clueless about something that should be a cornerstone of owning a horse.
P.S. God bless my BO but... She knows what she is doing, but sometimes is terrible at explaining it. It's like she has so much horse info in her brain when you ask a question it all comes out in a flood! hehe. I love her though, great lady!