We’ve got to keep them in ways that mirror their evolution as closely as possible. Close to other horses, with space to move and plenty of access to roughage. Sounds easy, right? Not.
So let’s look at feeding for a minute. Horses are designed to consume large amount of roughage over a long period of time. We can get technical about percentages, timeframes and vitamin and mineral balancing but when it comes to horses it is best to keep it fairly simple.
Horses need access to hay, chaff or pasture almost 24/7. They need a lot less protein, carbs, sugar and fancy foods than you would expect – despite the fact that it is fun making up yummy looking feeds for your equine partner!
Find a feed that is low in starch, high in fibre, and preferably not grain based. If it’s a muesli it is probably coated with molasses = high sugar, not ideal for the waistline, nor the equine digestive system.
Slow them down in as many ways possible – see our Slow Feeders the Easy Way for a simple way to make slow feeding hay easy.