Recipes for Success: Formulating Equine Diets

Does your horse need a dollop, dab, pinch, or peck? Learn to formulate a diet based on your horse’s age, body condition, and health status.
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Recipes for Success: Formulating Equine Diets
Each horse has certain nutrient needs and calorie requirements you must factor into his daily ration. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Does your horse need a dollop, dab, pinch, or peck? Learn to formulate a diet based on age, body condition, and health status

Whether your adult horse is an average Joe, an easy or hard keeper, an athlete, a golden oldie, or has an underlying medical condition that requires a special diet, he has certain nutrient needs and calorie requirements you must factor into his daily rations.

“Diet is the foundation of equine health and welfare,” says Kathleen Crandell, PhD, a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles. “This holds especially true now more than ever, considering the recent explosion of equine obesity and other nutrition-related diseases.”

In this article we’ll provide practical recipes for adult horses at various life stages and with specific medical conditions

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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