Here at FeedXL our tagline is ‘Nutrition makes a difference’… we say it because nutrition really does make a difference. I read a book many years ago called ‘Jackson’s Track’. A true account of life running a timber business in the early to mid-1900’s. The business used horses to pull the (giant) trees out of […]
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Question: What is the difference between a ration balancer and a vitamin/mineral supplement? Watch the video below with FeedXL founder Dr Nerida Richards and SmartPak’s Dr Lydia Gray for the answer! Do you have a question or comment? Do you need help with feeding? We would love to welcome you to our […]
Question: Can you touch base about grass and legume type hays, what each grass/legume benefits the horse’s overall health. Is a certain mixture better (or preferred) for certain horses; pasture pet, light work, moderate-heavy work, hard keeper, easy keeper, etc. Example: benefits of having mixtures – pros to having certain types within the mix such […]
Question: I brought a new horse home that has been on grain with his previous owner. I do not feed grain. Instead, I give free choice alfalfa/orchard and grass. Should I continue his old grain or is it ok to keep him on my regime? His body score is low 4 with just a few […]
Question: When feeding a lot of alfalfa, what is the best way to keep a horse’s Calcium to Phosphorus ratio where it should be? Watch the video below with FeedXL founder Dr Nerida Richards and SmartPak’s Dr Lydia Gray for the answer! Do you have a question or comment? Do you need help with […]
One of the pitfalls of feeding your horses without actually calculating what you are feeding is paranoia that maybe your horse isn’t getting enough of the most important nutrients. That maybe he is missing something and this is going to cause problems, or make him sick! As a horse owner I am sure you experience […]
You have spent time researching feeds and found 2 you really like. You have carefully monitored your horse’s body condition and are only feeding enough of these feeds to maintain good bodyweight. You are feeding a largely forage based diet. You are doing everything right!.. Except. The small amount of feed being fed is not […]
Forage based diets are THE best! There are so many reasons why, if you can, you should feed diets that are close to 100% forage. BUT, forage only is not enough. 95% + of the forages I see analysed don’t contain enough of one to several minerals to meet a horse’s requirement. Plus for horses […]
Looking from the outside, most of us as horse owners are pretty good at knowing how much feed our horse needs. We can see weight change which gives us a visual clue that the horse is not being fed enough (resulting in weight loss), or too much (resulting in weight gain). What we can’t see […]
Come winter, breeding stallions are ramping up for the season that lies ahead. While maintenance of fertility is of utmost importance in the care of breeding stallions, they must also be kept looking their best, sound, energetic and disease free. As with many aspects of horse care, a holistic approach is required to achieve these […]