is my horse getting what she needs?
So iv been wondering about my rescue horse Shy(she has a thread under horse talk)who has gained a lot of weight the last few weeks, which is great, but is she really getting everything she needs? she is getting complete feed twice a day a coffee can soaked in water and a little bit for lunch. She is on free feed hay but does not have turn out because she likes to go through fences. she is also getting an omega 3 suppliment and a hoof suppliment.
Im wondering if she is getting enough vitamins like calcium and protien in her diet and what sort of things have this in them? iv been giving her a lot of carrots as i read they have biotin in them and i know biotin helps hoof growth and she has really bad hooves. Someone told me to put an egg on top of her feed everyday for added protien... but im not sure? although some horse cookies have eggs in them.
what sort of things can i give her to add some extra vitamins/minerals? iv heard rosehips are packed with vitamins, anybody know any other things? thanks let me know!
complete feed should cover it, I used to give that, but have switched to Hoffmans minerals. Hoof supplements problably aren't nessasary. Good trimming is.
free choice hay is great, I do that as well, but with a slow feed net over the round bales. I also give salt/mineral blocks and free choice water.
Are you able to excersise her at all, what size of pen is she in ? Can you longe her yet.
Sounds like your doing a great job, as she is already improving.
I have been trying to get a farrier up here for quite a while but after they make the long trip they usually never come back its a 2 and a half hour trip up the mountains. But ill say she does naturally wear her hooves but if i notice flaring or cracks give them a bit of a file to prevent it. I have been taking a little bit off the front of her hoof because her hooves werent trimmed for 5 years before i got her and she has underrun heals which im watching closely. she also has overgrown bars but her hooves are quite short and im afraid to remove much.
What complete feed is she getting?
Most complete feeds will cover a horse's nutritional needs as long as you're feeding the minimum recommended amount (generally at least 3-5 lbs/day) but there are some exceptions out there. The senior grain my barn feeds is about 4 lbs to a coffee can, so by feeding 2 cans a day I'm guessing you're probably not going to be below the minimum recommendation :-)
One thing to consider, though, is that a lot of complete feeds are very high in sugar/starch which horses don't really digest all that well and can lead to ulcers in the stomach and the hindgut. Splitting the food up into as many feedings as possible helps, but isn't always practical. Depending on the specific feed you're using, it might make sense to lower the amount of complete feed to the minimum required to get the nutrition, and add in a lower NSC alternative like beet pulp, alfalfa, and/or oil to provide the rest of the calories.
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