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28th August 2019 by Rowen Barbary

Caring for a Grass Kept Horse

Caring for a Grass Kept Horse

During the summer months many horses and ponies are kept out at grass, and although the majority of horses will thrive on summer grazing it can cause obesity in those prone to weight gain.  Therefore, restricting access to grass may need to be considered which can be achieved through strip grazing and periods of turnout in a grazing muzzle.

If you have a good doer that lives on fresh air it can be tempting to remove any additional feed from the diet, but unlike horses in the wild who would graze on a variety of grass species many horses today are kept on restricted grazing, frequently lacking in essential nutrients.

It is therefore important to supplement the forage given with additional vitamins and minerals to ensure a balanced diet is achieved.

For horses in low levels of work and good doers w­­ho are often put on restricted grazing Forage ‘n’ Fibre is ideal to use to balance the forage given supplying all the essential vitamins and minerals whilst keeping energy and calories to a minimum.  Containing a natural blend of fibres and a touch of soya oil it helps provide the horse with all the necessary nutrients required for overall health and vitality whilst keeping energy levels low. Cereal free with a very low starch and sugar content Forage 'n' Fibre is also suitable for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis.