The 5 essential ingredients of horse feed

The feeding of our horses is a determining factor in their health and vitality, and for this reason it is advisable to draw up a balanced and healthy feeding plan that includes the right proportion of nutrients to guarantee their well-being. These nutrients can be found in a wide variety of foods, so it is best to prepare a diet that includes ingredients of high nutritional and energy value that, combined with each other, cover all the nutritional needs of our horses. The ideal equine diet combines basic foods, such as grass or forage, with compound, mixed or granulated feed capable of completing the horse’s diet and providing them with extra energy. If you have doubts when choosing the best feed for horses, look for these 5 essential ingredients in its composition and you will be right. But if you want a practical way, you can use instant foods like the ones provided by Naf.

1. Barley

Barley is a great source of energy, fats, starches and nitrogenous elements, and to a lesser extent also of fiber and minerals. It is an ideal food especially for younger horses that are growing, and also for sick or weak horses that need to recover and those that live in cold areas, since barley provides reserves and improves the overall resistance of the animal.

2. Oatmeal

Oats are an ingredient with a high nutritional value, a true source of energy and nutrition for the horse. It does not generate any type of digestive problem even if it is served in large quantities, and it usually has exciting effects on horses, so the daily ration of oats provided must be in tune with the level of physical activity of the animal .

3. Wheat bran

Wheat bran is an ingredient with little nutritional value but with the presence of vitamins B and E. Its function in horse feed is, on the one hand, to help the horse eat more slowly and therefore chew and digest better , and on the other hand, to increase the volume of the feces and improve its appearance in case the horse suffers from decomposition. It has a slight laxative effect if it is served moist, and mixed with molasses, it helps to facilitate digestion .

4. Vegetable oils

Vegetable oils, such as sunflower, palm or corn oils, are very rich in Omega 3 and 6, fatty acids with important health benefits for the horse. They mainly contribute to protecting cell membranes and the functions of the immune system, as well as to developing tissues, facilitating the correct distribution of oxygen throughout the body and good maintenance of the nervous system.

5. Soy

Soybeans and soybean meal are the main source of protein and energy in horse feed, which is why you should always make sure that the chosen horse feed includes this ingredient. But, in addition, soy can take other forms, fulfilling different nutritional functions. For example, soybean hulls provide a lot of fiber, and are usually present in digestive feed, such as our Digest feed.

These are the 5 essential ingredients of horse feed that you should look for in its composition. Remember that, whatever feed you choose, you should always mix it with forage or straw to ensure that your horse enjoys a healthy and balanced diet. And, by the way, here you will find different nutritional options for your horses adapted to their age, breed, gender and level of daily activity.Click here: isaimini