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Keep your horse happy and healthy with these tips for top digestive health:
- Feed plenty of fibre
Fibrous foods should form the mainstay of your horse’s diet, so make sure he’s getting plenty of grass and hay.
- Feed little and often
Horses are better equipped to digest small meals, rather than the convenient but artificial pattern of two main meals a day, and introduce any new feedstuffs gradually to allow his system to adjust.
- Keep him hydrated
Always ensure he’s got fresh drinking water available, and if your horse does hard work (for example eventing or an endurance event) it’s important to add electrolytes to his water to avoid dehydration and replenish lost salts.
- Feed for his needs
Make sure you’re not over-feeding your horse – unless he’s in hard work (for example, in training for eventing) this means he only needs a small amount of hard feed.
- Keep things simple
The majority of pleasure horses don’t need much at all, and if he doesn’t need hard feed a low-calorie balancer is all he’ll need to provide the right vitamins and minerals.