Tips for Evaluating a Horse Feed

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There are countless horse feeds out on the market today. How can you tell if a particular feed is a good option for your horse? We have some tips to help you evaluate horse feed.

Consider the Manufacturer

One of the largest factors that you should consider when evaluating a horse feed is to think about who the manufacturer is. Do a little research – is the manufacturer known for including quality ingredients in their feeds? Do they have a good reputation? And most importantly of all, have they ever recalled feed for being contaminated? With feed contamination becoming a rising issue today, you’ll want to make sure that your horse feed is coming from a reputable manufacturer.

Look at Protein and Fat

A feed’s protein and fat levels will have implementations on how the feed affects your horse. High protein is necessary to provide energy and to help your horse build muscle, but too much protein may make your horse hot. If your horse is an easy keeper, then you will want to find a feed with a lower fat content, but if you’re looking to put weight on your horse, a feed with a higher fat content will be more appropriate.

Evaluate Sugar Content

Be sure to consider the feed’s sugar content, too. Your horse likely has more sugar in his diet than you’re aware of. There’s sugar in grass and hay, and there’s often sugar in the manufactured horse treats that we feed. It’s best to find a feed which is low in sugar, since you never want to put too much sugar in your horse’s diet. This means avoiding feeds which contain significant amounts of molasses and other sugars.

Check Feeding Amounts

One often overlooked factor in evaluating a horse feed is the recommended feeding amounts for a horse. You may find a feed which seems to be a great value, but that feed may require that you feed significant portions to your horse each day, meaning that you’ll go through it faster than a more expensive horse feed. If you have to give your horse a large portion of a type of feed, you may need to split his feedings into three or more per day.

Consider Price

Finally, consider the price of the feed that you are selecting. Price always plays a role in selecting a feed, but try to choose a feed based on its nutritional quality rather than basing your decision solely on its price.

If you have questions about a particular horse feed, be sure to consult the feed’s manufacturer or an equine nutritionist.

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