We have all heard of the importance of a balanced diet for our own health (though many of us ignore it) but what about our horses? Balanced Equine can provide an optimal diet for your horses, taking into account breed, age, workload, reproductive and health status.
A growing number are consulting with an independent equine nutritionist for help with formulating the best possible diet for their horses. Responsible horse owners will regularly tend to grooming and hoof care, book the horse dentist and call for veterinary assistance if there is a serious problem.
Why does it matter if zinc is excessive in the diet? Or too little zinc? Or if there isn't enough calcium or phosphorus? Trace minerals like copper, zinc, iron and manganese are required in very small amounts but that doesn't take away their importance in the running of cellular processes in the body.
Finding the balance - pasture and hay can have highly variable mineral content, and given that this usually makes up the bulk of the diet, it is important to know what these levels are to avoid over or under supplementation. You can't tell the nutrient profile by looking at photos of paddocks.
A more apt title would be ‘how to feed your horse’ as feeding for hoof health is the same as feeding a diet with sufficient nutrients for the whole body. A horse requires a range of nutrients; proteins including essential amino acids that must come from the diet, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and a very small amount of fatty acids.