Hay for Horse Health
Horses with conditions such as muscle or metabolic disease might have special hay needs to stay healthy.
Hay. It’s an essential part of a horse’s diet, fueling the equine body and equipping it for optimal function with energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, we know that for many horses, and especially during certain times of the year, hay becomes the most critical part of the forage diet, which is why we work so hard (and spend so much!) to find and secure quality hay for our horses. It’s also why we’re always scrutinizing, shaking, and smelling flakes of hay before feeding them to our horses.
But great hay can only go so far for horses with certain health conditions—it can even harm them if certain nutrient levels are too high or low. So, what and how much hay do we feed our horses with metabolic or other conditions that diet impacts?
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