Snowbirds With Horses: Keeping Diets Consistent
—Marlene via email
A.Maintaining a similar diet between both locations for your horses will reduce the risk of conditions such as colic and gastric ulcers that can result from the stress of dietary changes. It’s hard for me to know how similar your horses’ needs are because I don’t know whether they’re working and, if so, how hard or what their body weights are. However, there are some basic things that I think you can do that will hopefully keep things simple while at the same time meeting their needs in both locations.
Start With Forage
I would find a good clean grass hay as the basis of all their diets. Ideally this should have a low non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) content, so that it is safe for the horse with PPID. Try to find tested hay that has an NSC of 12% or lower on a dry matter basis. Then you might consider having some alfalfa on hand to feed the Thoroughbred who is harder to keep weight on. Try to shoot for feeding about 70-75% of the forage as grass hay and the rest as alfalfa. If any of the other horses drop weight on grass hay alone, you could also give them some alfalfa. But keep in mind that some horses with PPID don’t seem to handle alfalfa
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