At times it can be overwhelming.
At H&Co we’re passionate about helping you tread this path simply, cost effectively and healthily for your beloved horses.
I’m going to share with you what I’ve learnt from nutritionists and some very experienced and knowledgable people in the past four or so years after having health issues with our own horses.
***So the foundation of horse nutrition is grass, hay, salt and mineral mix. Then feed for the issues in your grasses is mycotoxins and oxalates. Then add premixed feeds if necessary for work etc and other great preventative health and health tonic supplements ***
Mineral mix because horses are now confined to smaller paddocks where they can’t get all the minerals they need. We use and highly recommend Equine Vit and min, one of the best, if not the best one on the market. You can also get pasture analysis and get a mineral mix targeted specifically for your property.
Salt is a very important and a cheap addition for your horses health. Two tablespoons per day is recommended, more if it’s very hot and/or your horse is working hard.
Always get these foundations right or you can be plugging holes all over the place with feet issues, behavioural issues etc with all the variety of supplements/calmers etc targeted for these. But if you get your foundations right this will solve a lot of these problems and the extras won’t be necessary. If not, then you can add the necessary supplement.
So once you have your foundations in place, you need to feed for the issues in your grasses, the main ones in our area and in a lot of other pastures in Australia are oxalates (which bind magnesium and calcium and can cause big head disease) and mycotoxins (caused by moulds and they deplete minerals from your horse).
You feed a calcium and magnesium supplement to counter oxalates and a quality toxin binder to remove mycotoxins. If you have both oxalates and mycotoxins, as we do in our pasture, you are on a fast track to big head and very ill health unless you feed to counter them.
Here is a link to a post we did on oxalates and mycotoxins, and pictures of relevant grasses to assist you in identifying them.
So these are your necessary foundations for a healthy horse.
There are also many good supplements for improved and preventative health.
-Turmeric, a powerful anti inflammatory, great for arthritis, sarcoids and ulcers.
– magnesium oxide for overall health, calming and good hoof health
– apple cider vinegar
– CEN oil (linseed oil) powerful anti inflammatory and great cool energy
And numerous others.
Then there are numerous commercial feeds, depending on your horses work needs etc.
We are happy to chat with you anytime about your horses nutrition and health. We will endeavour to help you and your horse and if we don’t know we’ll try and find out (we have numerous nutritionists, herbalists and other experts on quick dial) or refer you where necessary.
We stock all of these products as they’re what we feed our own horses. We post Australia wide.
Please pop in for a chat sometime, phone us on 0424 667 393, or message us if you’d like to discuss or you have questions.