04-27-2012, 06:08 AM
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While wild, unrestricted horses will conceivably get a balanced diet on forage alone, ranging over different soil types & a wide range of plants, domestic, fenced in horses grazing predominantly only grass(often little variety of that too)
As you will gather from above posts, depends on what's in their specific pasture as to what exactly may be deficient/imbalanced. Oversupply of minerals can be as unhealthy(in the case of selenium for eg, deadly) as deficiencies. Therefore at least a basic diet analysis is important in working out what specific horses need. Agree that pasture analysis &/or bloods give the only truly accurate measure, but if you can't do that or it's inappropriate, using a program such as Feedxl.com(at the risk of sounding like a stuck record...) is a good idea & this is a great resource.