If I have a good quality feed why should I feed supplements?
Friday, June 28, 2019
I’m feeding my horse a good grain mix, isn’t this enough?? I have good quality hay isn’t this enough too?
Most commercial grain mixes are formulated to be fed at a 1 lb per 100 lbs of body weight. That means for an average 1000 lb horse, the feeding rate for that grain would be 10 lbs a day. Most horse owners do not feed close to that amount of grain. Horses cannot tolerate high amounts of grain and it would be a disaster to feed that much. By top dressing the vitamins and minerals on the feed you can ensure your horse is receiving the needed levels regardless of the amount of grain being fed.
Dried hay contains only certain vitamins and minerals and if you are not supplementing them in the diet, the individual is not receiving them.