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Concentrate Feeds For Horses

Concentrates in Horse Diet. There is a large variety of concentrated feedstuffs available. These include commercial mixes, which can be loose or processed into pellets, and several grains. Commercial mixes provide a balance of nutrients, which your own mixture is unlikely to do.
Concentrate Feeds For Horses
Concentrate Feeds For Horses
All concentrates are unnatural to the horse, but they provide energy and variety. You must not guess how much feed to give your horse. Do not go "by the scoop", because different feeds weigh different amounts. Many also vary in their volume per unit weight from batch to batch. Each of the feeds shown here is the same weight: 1 lb 5 oz (595 g).


Different Feeds:

Bran:

Use bran as a bulk food, not as a source of nutrition. It is not good for growing horses because it has too much phosphorus and not enough calcium.
Flaked corn:
A valuable feed, corn is often processed further by food companies to make it "nonheating" (not liable to make the horse excitable). The nutritional concentration is lowered so that it provides less energy.

Pellets:

There are different pellets to suit different horses, such as "horse and pony" and "racehorse". Buy the right kind for your horse.

Coarse mix:

This looks more appetizing than pellets, but a more valid reason to feed it is that it takes longer to eat,
which is better for the horse’s digestion. It comes in different grades Linseed Uncooked linseed is poisonous. It must be boiled for many hours until the seeds have split. It is a laxative, and it may also help to produce a shiny coat.

Alfalfa pellets:

Even in this dried form, alfalfa contains good concentrations of the vitamins and minerals found in grass. It is especially valuable for its calcium and fibre content. It has been called "pelleted sunshine".

Barley:

This is often underrated, but it has a high energy content. Take care when feeding it, because even a small change in the amount fed can have significant nutritional consequences.

Oats:

The popularity of oats is mostly due to the fact that careless changes to the quantity fed make little nutritional difference because it has a low energy content. It is not a natural food for horses.

Beet pulp:

Beet pulp is a valuable feed because it is rich in energy and protein. Pulp is dried beet and must be soaked before feeding.

Soaked beet:

Soak the sugar beet for about 12 hours in sufficient cold water so that at the end of that time, there is still some water that has not been absorbed.

Beet cubes:

Like beet pulp, cubes expand rapidly on contact with moisture, such as saliva, and can cause choking and colic if not soaked first. Never confuse them with ordinary cubes.

Supplements:

Roots and fruit:

Carrots and apples probably top the list of healthy treats for horses. Carrots may be fed in large quantities, but do not have great nutritional value. Cut them lengthwise. Square or round pieces can get stuck in the throat and cause choking.

Cod-liver oil:

This is a rich source of vitamins. It can be mixed with food to help condition the coat. Molasses
A palatable supplement, this is a useful binding agent to add to dry or dusty food. It can also be mixed with medicines and put directly into the horse’s mouth.

Corn oil:

Oils are a rich source of energy. They can be added to the diet of competition horses, which might be unable to eat enough food to supply their energy needs.

Salt:

A salt lick is the best way to supply salt. The horse can have a lick whenever it feels that it needs some.

Storing food:

Keep feeds in a metal or plastic bin to protect them from insects and rodents—and from your horse. Horses need good-quality food, so never buy more than two to three weeks’ supply at a time because it will deteriorate, especially in hot, humid weather. Empty a bin completely before you add more food, or you will end up mixing stale food with the new.

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