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Q&A: Ration Balancers vs Vitamin Mineral Supplements

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!      QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Click here to join the FeedXL Horse Nutrition Forum on Facebook

Q&A: Grass and Legume Hays

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 […]

Q&A: Original Grain or New Regimen?

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 […]

Q&A: Alfalfa and the Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio

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! Questions? Comments? Click here to join the FeedXL Horse Nutrition Forum on Facebook […]

Are You Feeding Your Horse Unnecessary Supplements?

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 […]

Two Feeds, and Yet Requirements Are Still Not Met…

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 […]

What are you ACTUALLY feeding?

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 […]

Feeding The Breeding Stallion

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 […]

Psyllium Husks

Is your horse in drought conditions? Mine too! It has been drought here for more than 2 years now… and something I am really, really bad at remembering to do is feeding psyllium husk regularly to clean accumulated dirt and sand out of their gut. So here is a reminder, feed psyllium husk! If your […]

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