Tuesday, December 6, 2011

7 Tips for Safe and Healthy Horse Feed Changes

Fall horse grassland is a cost-effective resource of equine nourishment, but the luxurious grass of chiller weather can cause founder and digestive distraught. If your horse has problems with early springtime grasslands, fall growing can also trigger problems.

Your horse requires time to regulate to the alterations brought on the new season. Meadow adjustments, additional hay and grain feedings and dropped leaves can damage your horses stomach and could cause equine colic.

1. When swapping from grass to a hay-based horse feed, do so progressively. Make changes in hay gradually, replacing from 10 to 25 percent of the previous feed with the new type; increase every three days.

2. If you choose to add feeds with with grain, present small amounts gradually, no more than a pound per serving. Do not feed further than 4 pounds of grain at a time.

3. Be conscious that chilly or wet climate can change the dietary value of fall grasses.

4. When preparing any eating modifications, lookout for signs of gastric upset. Be watchful for gas, mild stomach problems, diarrhea or full blown equine colic.

5. As pasture quality and amount reduces, your horse may start to taste other plants. Plant poisonings rise in the fall, so observe carefully for indications of toxicity. Diverse plants cause unalike indications, so be acquainted with everyday poisonous pasture shrubberies.

6. Some plants turn into more poisonous in the fall, counting horse nettle, white snakeroot and perennial ryegrass fungus. Acorns eaten in large amounts can also cause horse poison.

7. Finally, don't leave large amounts of raked leaves into your horse grassland. Horses like recently raked leaves as horse feed, but the leaves are thick and can compact in the horse's digestive system and cause equine colic.

Take advantage of these health benefits and budget savings of fall horse pasture, but be on the guard for possible digestive problems and horse colic.

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