Mother Nature's Design for Feeding Horses
A horse's stomach makes up only a small portion of the entire digestive tract. This small stomach is designed to continuously process small amounts of forage and feed. When fed large meals, a horse is more likely to suffer digestive disorders, such as colic, founder, ulcers, and tying-up.
Forage Types, Different Advantages
Pasture - Good pasture is the ideal forage for many horses. Horses on pasture move around and eat small amounts of grass continuously, the way nature intended for proper functioning of the digestive tract. However, pasture is not always available and doesn't supply enough nutrients for some horses. Additional supplementation may be needed. Pasture can be used to meet some or all of each horse's forage needs.
- Alfalfa and clover are examples of legumes. They contain more
protein, energy, calcium, and vitamin A than grasses. The inclusion
of some legumes (20-50%) in rations for growing and working horses
and broodmares takes advantage of these additional nutrients.
Legume hays should be clean and bright colored and cut at early to
FORAGE FIRST Alfalfa and Timothy/Alfalfa Hay Cubes
and FORAGE FIRST Hay Replacer (pellets) are consistent, good-quality
partial or complete forage sources for horses. The cubes provide a
higher leaf-to-stem ratio, more concentrated nutrients, and less
waste compared to most long-stemmed hays. Cubed products are ideal
for traveling and can be soaked for senior horses with dental
problems. Hay Replacer can be used to extend, supplement, or replace
forages. FORAGE FIRST Horse
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Forage, a horse's natural feed, should be chosen to meet as much of a horse's protein, energy, and fiber needs as possible. Forage types can be combined to provide the best program for each individual horse. Each horse should be fed 15-30 lb of forage daily. Refer to our Technical Edge "Are You Feeding Your Horse Like a Horse" on our Web site for more information.
FIRST Hay Cubes
FORAGE FIRST Hay Cube Advantages
FORAGE FIRST Hay Extender
Hay Extender offers horse owners a consistent, forage alternative to
home-grown or purchased forages. FORAGE FIRST Hay Extender is a
high-quality, pelleted forage product. It can be used as a partial
forage (hay) replacement for all classes of horses.
FORAGE FIRST Hay Extender Advantages
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