Questions on Horse Feeding
I need some help... I am going to be interviewing an equine nutritionist next week and I need a list of questions to ask!
What do you think would be the best questions I could ask the nutritionist in regards to feeding horses? I am going to be posting this interview on my blog, so I want to have questions that would apply to a lot of people.
I would first want to know her qualifications for calling herself a nutritionist.
Keep an open mind that there are many, many ways to keep and manage horses. What works in one part of the world, never would someplace else. What horse people have available to them in New England is foreign to those in New Mexico...
Interesting question. first, and most important, do they personally own, feed and manage horses on a daily basis? You would be amazed how many people who are telling us how to feed don't have to live by their recommendations. There are a lot of feed products in the industry that are strictly based on dollars that do not translate to a day to day management of horses for a healthy result. Second, who have they worked for? Many who have worked for major feed companies are stuck in established feed theory based on the financial investment that the companies that they worked for have established as their business plan. As a result, new developments are rejected based on what the company has invested in and established as their product line. Third, If they worked for a major feed company, what is their opinion of "least cost formulations"? vs "Fixed formulations". Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth, see number one.
Thanks for the help, but I am actually trying to think of general horse feeding questions that people have. I have personally worked with this nutritionist for almost a year, so I know him personally, know his background and experience, and I know he is very knowledgeable at what he does. He does not work for only one feed company, and does manage a small breeding farm.
If you think of any general feeding questions, I was thinking of things like how much protein should be in feed? Why do we switch feeds slowly? When is eating lush grass most dangerous for laminitis prone horses? those kind of things :) Thanks!
What are the best sources of protein for horses?
Are there any ingredients to avoid?
What are the advantages/disadvantages to different types of hay?
How does hay compare to pellets or cubes as a source of forage?
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Ask him why the absurdly high levels of potassium in the diet of horses grazing rich green grass all year, is never addressed by 'feed experts'.
Don't let him get away with the standard - 'horses excrete it' - we are talking levels many 100% over the levels found in rough grass and the ratio to sodium is incredibly high. I'd love to know why this is never addressed. :-)
Interesting question, I never considered it, Thanks!
Just wanted to say thanks for everyone who helped me out with questions. If you are interested in watching it, here is the link of the interview that I did: Practical Horse Nutrition
arrrgh, I can't watch video on our crappy connection...I don't suppose you have a transcript? ;-)
Hi Merlot, I don't have a transcript, does it work for you to hit play then pause and let it buffer? I used to have slow internet too and it would take forever but the videos would eventually play.
Unfortunantly, I didn't get to ask your potassium question in the interview, but I do plan to ask it next time they are at my farm!
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