Are You Feeding Enough Forage?

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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7 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    Does my horse need supplemental greens in the winter? Dandelion perhaps?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Kim, it definitely wouldn’t hurt if you could get your hands on some. Hay is is lacking in some vitamins (and sometimes minerals, too), so adding live plants and a vitamin/ mineral supplement is a good idea.

      • Kim says:

        I just bought him in June (my first horse! Yay me!) He has been on a muzze while out on pasture as he is prone to laminitus and the grass in SW PA just would not stop growing until a few weeks ago. So Im thinking the reason he gets pushy w/me when he gets near grass is that he is lacking enough greens in his diet. I have transitioned him to all natural supplements, including a liquid vitamin/mineral supplement. I’ll start w/a little bunch & build up gradually to a nice handful each day. Are there other greens suitible for a horse?

        • Casie says:

          Horses love green grass also because it can be high in sugars (that’s how horses can get laminitis from pasture), so that’s probably why he’s wanting it. 🙂 Do a search for herbs and also whole foods on my blog and you’ll find several lists of things safe to feed. Congrats on getting your first horse AND on doing the research on how to feed him right!

  2. Shona Douglas-Coulthard. says:

    This is s agood topic today as we are in minus 24C here in Manitoba Canada.Both of our horses live out all year round.I would love to have a barn but don’t so have a shelter and feed hay in winter and grass in summer.Both horses are well and don’t get ridden as much as they should but we give them a mineral supplement ,free choice and hay ,both with a little alfalfa and some grass hay too.They do not get grain as they don’t have a lot of work so are good on just hay.They get thick hair in winter and as long as they get shelter they seem to be O.K.Is this enough for them?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Shona,

      As long as they have a place to get out of the wind and rain/ snow and have plenty of good quality hay and access to water, they should be fine.

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