Does your horse have hooves like this?
This is the hoof of a horse I rode in some of my travels this year. She was a mare maintained on a pasture and hay only diet.
And it shows. This hoof is screaming deficiency… probably mainly of copper and zinc. But amino acid deficiency may also be contributing.
Her body condition was good… so the pasture and hay was providing enough calories. But there certainly wasn’t enough nutrient there to support hoof health.
So if you are ever told that hay/pasture is all a horse needs, remember that yes, it may be all a horse needs to maintain weight.
BUT to maintain immune function, gut wall integrity, hoof quality, muscle function, bone health and well… everything else your horse needs to stay fit and healthy, pasture and hay just do not (in 95%+ cases) contain enough minerals to do this well.
This is where FeedXL comes in so handy. FeedXL will show you exactly what your pasture or hay is missing so you can top up with just what is needed by YOUR horses.
To learn more, read our post How To Make Sense of Pasture Analysis Results.