Nutrients: Vitamins / Minerals / Protein / Supplements
Trace minerals; the amount a horse needs to consume is so minimal it’s hard to imagine they have any effect over such a large animal. Yet deficiencies in two trace minerals; copper and zinc can be very noticeable.
I was recently asked about sulfates in horses diet, I thought it would be a great topic for a new blog post!
Links to sources of individual supplements: Minerals, Joint Support, & Vitamins
Winter is the most important time to ensure your horse has access to a constant supply of clean water. A horse's weight consists of 70% water. For your average 1,000lb horse, that is 700lbs of water! Horses naturally drink less water in the winter, leaving it up to us to ensure adequate intake.
I hear the term "Balanced Diet" thrown around a lot. I've heard it used in reference to horses fed solely forage, to horses who run the gamut of supplements. But what does it truly mean to be balanced? A balanced diet provides your horse with the energy, protein, and minerals that he needs for his age, weight, and work.
You've probably heard recent talk regarding iron overload and the effects on horses. But does this concern you and your horse? I thought I would touch on how this affects us Vermonters. Over the past 15 years I have sampled a lot of hay!