Most people love to feed their pets; some know how to develop a very complex diet when choosing a puppy food. Horses are no exception when it comes to feeding, as every owner strives to provide the best possible nutrition. He will try to sprinkle the horse's diet with various types of supplements, herbs, minerals and other nutrients. But the owner must take care that each horse can run quite efficiently with its basic food, the one on which it has developed, namely ordinary grass.



 If a horse tends to gain weight quite quickly or is easily ridden, grass pastures and even hay can be the perfect nutrition. The hay contains all the necessary nutrients and the horse does not need any horse supplements.



But if the horse works hard or has difficulty maintaining its weight, the diet should be carefully selected. Cereals, concentrated feed and other supplements should be added to the normal diet to improve the animal's health. A horse that suckles a foal is also carefully fed, but the owner should also be aware of the possibility of overfeeding. Overfeeding can occur when too many supplements and concentrates are added to the normal diet; overfeeding can lead to serious health problems such as anomalies in the horse's joints. The risk of colic is also increased if the owner does not pay attention to the horse's diet. 


Mineral deficiencies are not an isolated case when it comes to horses. In fact, this type of deficiency is quite common in horses. A good quality of pasture or hay should provide the horse with all necessary minerals. But growing foals may need additional feeding measures, such as horse supplements containing extra calcium and even a small amount of phosphorus. Selenium is another mineral that may be lacking in the horse's diet; a salt block enriched with selenium should be added to the normal diet. However, this nutrient must be added with caution, as excessive supplementation can be very dangerous to the health of the horse. Veterinary advice should be sought as to whether or not selenium should be added.


Even vitamin deficiency is likely, but this is quite rare in horses. Other pets, such as dogs, may even need extra doses of vitamins. For example, a puppy may need a puppy food enriched with all the nutrients necessary for proper growth. But horses are in a special position because their digestive system is capable of producing all the vitamins they need. The owner can also choose to add biotin to the horse's normal feed to improve its growth or thickness, but don't forget ordinary hay and grass, which contain a large amount of nutrients.

Salt should be readily available to the horse; even some horse supplements or concentrates may contain this nutrient and should be chosen to provide the horse with the necessary amount of salt. High salt supplements are preferable to table salt blocks. This block can be very dirty and the horse will refuse to eat salt that contains gravel. It is even possible to add herbal supplements, as this type of supplement can calm the horse. They also promote hoof growth and relieve coughs and colic. They also improve the colour and coat condition of the horse. Weight gain is promoted and overall health and condition is improved. The horse's joints are protected by these herbal supplements and healing is also promoted. In fact, these herbal supplements are very popular with horse owners and several reports have been written to emphasize the importance of these supplements.


However, you should always seek the advice of your veterinarian to make important changes in your horse's diet; you should also seek the advice of a nutritionist to avoid overfeeding or overdosing. Many medications and supplements can be dangerous if the owner is not careful with the required dose. Research should be carried out to find out which feed supplements are suitable for your horse, and such supplements should not be taken without a prescription or professional advice. The veterinarian remains your best advisor.

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