How To Get the Most Value From Your Horse’s Feed

Here are some tips to stretch your dollar without compromising your horse’s diet. Sponsored by Purina.
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With the cost of horse ownership (and living) increasing, how can you ensure you’re getting the most value out of your horse’s feed? With so many types and products on the market, it can be easy to overdo it; here are some tips to stretch your dollar when feeding your horse without compromising his diet.

Work with an equine nutritionist to accurately determine the nutrients your horse needs, where he's getting them from, and whether you're under- or overfeeding.

A feed designed for your type of horse (senior, performance, etc.) with the proper balance of protein, vitamins, and minerals is more cost-effective than a feed that does not meet your horse’s nutrient needs, in which case you might find yourself spending more on supplements to correct that imbalance.

High-quality hay can meet a significant portion of your horse’s requirements, allowing you to feed a lesser amount of properly selected concentrate per day. Bales of hay can vary significantly in weight, so pricing by the ton is a more accurate way to determine the best value.

Work with an equine nutritionist and your veterinarian to implement a feeding plan that meets your horse’s individual nutrient requirements. You might find you can save money by being deliberate about balancing his diet.


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