Nutrition

Horses don’t eat fish – but should they?

The whole horses don’t eat fish oil argument has been bothering me of late. No, horses in their natural state don’t eat fish when their omega 3 to 6 ratios are out of balance, as far as I’m aware, but they don’t eat calcium or zinc deposits from the ground either since their bodies are not programmed to recognise and correct most mineral deficits. They don’t wear rugs in cold weather in their natural state Read more…

Nutrition

Why testing your horse’s blood won’t tell you what you think it will.

Horse owners often believe that they need to have a sample of their horse’s blood analysed to know if they are feeding the horse what he or she requires. Unfortunately this is another (mostly) untrue myth in horse nutrition, possibly a field with more myths than any other! Blood tests can provide your veterinarian with valuable data for diagnosing organ disfunction, infections, indicators of stress and some diseases. Well interpreted blood test results read in Read more…

Nutrition

Feeding for coat colour and shine

In springtime, it is common to see horses shining with good health, right? But are they really in optimum health? Green grass is rich in natural fats which make the coat shine even if the horse is mineral deficient. Horses ALMOST ALWAYS need mineral supplementation to balance the mineral deficiencies from their forage-based diets and to correctly balance critical mineral ratios. A mineral deficient horse can be ‘healthy’ (in that the horse is not unwell) Read more…