Feeding Horses When You’re Camping in the Wilderness

Riding and camping in wilderness areas can present challenges for feeding your horse. Here are some tips.

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Feeding horses while camping
Some agencies require horse owners riding and camping in public lands to pack and use certified weed-free feed as a means of reducing the introduction of noxious weed seeds. Find out ahead of time whether restrictions apply where you're planning to ride. | Photo: iStock

Q.We’re planning to take our horses on overnight riding trips for the first time this summer. What recommendations do you have for feeding horses when you’re camping in the wilderness?

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Clair Thunes, PhD, is an equine nutritionist who owns Clarity Equine Nutrition, based in Gilbert, Arizona. She works as a consultant with owners/trainers and veterinarians across the United States and globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses and provides services to select companies. As a nutritionist she works with all equids, from WEG competitors to Miniature donkeys and everything in between. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, in Scotland, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Growing up, she competed in a wide array of disciplines and was an active member of the U.K. Pony Club. Today, she serves as the district commissioner for the Salt River Pony Club.

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  1. Do you have a site for other feeding information? I’m working out with my horse this hot summer trying to build his muscle and flexibility. Wondering if you have advice on food.

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