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Balanced Equine


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Carol Layton

What is a balanced diet

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.

The art and science of feeding horses

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. 

Mineral interactions

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.

Minerals and coat bleaching

If you want your horse to look his best many people believe that a rug is essential to stop the sun from bleaching a horse’s coat.

Many nutritionists/scientists/vets consider hair testing for overall nutrient balance pointless. Nutritionists can't use results for balancing or consider hair testing credible in the face of such significant research. 

Soil testing

Soil testing is a valuable process for long term soil treatment but it's very limited in terms of helping to determine what to feed and supplement to correct imbalances/ deficiencies and excesses in a horse's intake. 

Understanding a hay or pasture test

The best diet for a horse is a balanced diet based on data from a pasture or hay test (whichever is applicable).  Symptoms like a dull coat, poor hoof quality, less than optimal performance and a weak immune system are the more obvious signs.

Pasture testing

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.

Best Guess

Best Guess mineral mix

Hoof Rescue

Hoof Rescue mineral mix

Hoof Rescue +Se

Hoof Rescue +Se mineral mix


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