The Horse

JAN 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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40 January 2019 The Horse | balancing programs available for free or purchase. If you want to talk to someone, consider seeking out an independent equine nutritionist. Most feed companies also employ a nutritionist capable of evaluating rations and analyzing hay, and they might provide this service free to customers. Inquire with your feed compa- ny about this service and its cost. Local extension offices can provide hay and pasture analysis help and might evalu- ate your horse's diet for free or a small fee. Summing It Up Developing a ration involves more than just tossing together nutrients. It's the art and science of creating meals that meet all your horse's daily requirements. h Table 1 Estimates of Voluntary Dry Matter Intake* ESTIMATED INTAKE PER DAY Pasture 1.5-3.1% of body weight Hay, grass type 2% of body weight Hay, alfalfa type 2.4% of body weight *values from NRC, 2007 NUTRITION

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