Winter is considered to be a harsh if not the harshest season for everyone, human, plant and animal alike. For horses, the season can pose certain threats as the dipping temperature will create a drastic change in body needs and nutritional requirements. More than ever, owners will have to ensure proper and better nutrition to keep them healthy and in great condition. Today, we’ll be discussing some equine feeding tips with the help of the Topsec team. Let’s begin.
- Provide ample roughage. Hay for example is necessary for metabolism and proper digestion. Apart from this, the digestion of the fiber creates more heat within the body to keep warm. It’s basically a win-win situation. Make sure that you have ample stock on you because prices can get pretty high when winter comes close or is already at hand.
- Stock up on fat. Obese horses are not healthy but a substantial and healthy amount of fat is still an important part of the body as it not only pertains to stored energy but it also adds a level of insulation during the colder months. Before winter begins, add an extra layer of fat. The lower the temperatures are, the more energy a horse will require keeping warm. It’s easier for them to shed the weight during the chill than to gain it back when it is warmer.
- Add extra calories. In the event that the horses still lose a lot of weight, adding at least 4 ounces to 8 ounces of corn oil to their grain meals would be beneficial. Don’t give them any more than that. If the problem still persists, contact the nearest vet immediately.
- Keep water in check. Hydration is important all year round. During the wintry months, make sure that their water does not freeze or go icy cold. Horses are best given liquids that are from 7 ºC to 18 ºC. An adult hours with approximately 500 kg in weight that isn’t lactating or being exposed to strenuous activity requires at least 25 to 35 liters of water every day. Lack of ample hydration during this time of the year increases risks of impaction colic.
- Check their digestive tracts. All the feeds, supplements and diet would be futile if the animals cannot digest them properly. This is why deworming prior to winter is essential. This should of course be under the supervision and order of a veterinarian says Topsec reseller, Equi-box.co.uk.