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FeedXL: How Does FeedXL Work?: Feeds & Forages

Select the feeds and forages you use from our extensive database, tell FeedXL how much of each you feed and FeedXL can work out if they meet your horse's nutrient needs.

Feeds & Forages

Tell FeedXL exactly what you feed

Once you have entered your horse and pasture details into FeedXL, it is time to tell FeedXL exactly what you are feeding your horse. We maintain a database of feeds that includes a variety of hays, grains, commercial feeds and supplements for you to choose from. Simply select from the list to put an ingredient in your horse's diet and then enter the amount you feed. Remember the more accurate you make this information the better your diet will be.

Which feed ingredients are available?

Because FeedXL isn't in the feed business and trying to sell you feed, every feed and supplement we know about is available for you in our extensive feeds database. And if something you use is not available, you just need to tell us about it and it will be added very quickly (often almost instantly). We can also add your custom feeds and forages; see the Custom Feeds and Pastures page for more detail.

Easy to use diet builder

We try to make everything as easy as possible in FeedXL and the diet builder is no exception. Simply find the feeds you use for your horse (you can search for them by name to make this simple), click, "add" to put them into your horse's diet and then enter how much you feed of each feed or supplement. FeedXL will do the rest, calculating how much of each nutrient comes from each feed in your diet.

Handy manufacturer links

Doing research on feeds is made easy in FeedXL. Simply click on the link to your feed or supplement manufacturer's page so you can read what they have to say about their product. At FeedXL we don't make recommendations on feeds but try to ensure you have access to as much information as possible to make informed choices.

Feed search tool

With so many feeds and supplements available in FeedXL it can be hard to find what you're looking for, not just at the feed store but in FeedXL! So we've designed a handy feed search tool that finds the ingredient you want. If you can't find it, or we don't have it, tell us and we'll add it for you.

Costs of feeding

When you are entering ingredients in your horse's diet you can also tell FeedXL how much you pay for that ingredient. With that information, FeedXL will show you how much that ingredient costs you per day and how much the total diet costs per day, per month and per year. Read more on the FeedXL Diet Cost Calculator.

Weighing your feed

Is a scoop a scoop? How much is in a scoop? It varies so we recommend weighing your feed so you really know how much you're feeding. If you don't put accurate data into FeedXL you won't get an accurate diet analysis out of it.

See how well the diet meets your horse's requirements

When you're finished building your diet it's as easy as clicking the mouse and presto! Your diet results show you how well it meets your horse's requirements. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the results. Check out the Diet Analysis page for details.



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