Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses


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Avoid over or under feeding by always weighing hay (and grain). Feeding by eye or the scoop is not accurate and wastes feed and money.

Photo: Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, 2013

While you should always consult your veterinarian for the feeding program best for your horse(s), here are some basic guidelines to help you begin structuring your feeds and feeding program

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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  1. re: Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses

    my 16 yr.old arab had laminitis brought on from a lyme tick last yr. This makes him prone,he is also insulin resistant.  my question is about wet grass, seems i heard it is bad for him.  I’ve tried finding info on this, please let me know

  2. re: Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses

    Hi Thank you I’ve really enjoyed reading the articles and how to’s – we’ve just bought a horse and it’s been a bumpy ride. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with all the costs involved.

    So in an effort to try and get funding together to resee

  3. re: Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses

    And be careful about trees in your pasture.  We had a walnut tree grow over the fence and drop black walnuts in to the field.  We live in a forest so it was not hard to miss this.  We ended up with a foundered horse.  He is now reco

  4. re: Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses

    "Store feed where horses cannot accidentally get into it and consume amounts dangerous to their health."  

    Access to the grainbin is not the only way your horse can founder. Access to pasture grass, especially in the spring-time w

  5. re: Practical Horse Feeding for Adult Horses

    Hello.  Just wanted to put my two cents in regarding the comment that "all horses in the PNW should be given selenium.  I have my horse tested every year for blood selenium levels and he has come in at normal levels, so I do not add sele

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