Horse nutrition can be complicated and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Answer 2-3 quick questions to find the perfect nutritional fit for your horse’s unique needs.
Pleasure/Maintenance – Horses kept for pleasure or occasional riding and considered “easy keepers.” Often spend time in pasture, maintain their weight and do well on maintenance feeds.
Performance – Horses that do some type of physical activity such as riding, training, pulling or carrying a load. With an increased activity level, an active performance horse typically requires increased caloric intake.
Senior – Older horses that are typically over 15 years old are considered seniors. May also include horses with issues such as poor teeth and those that require additional digestive support or topline improvement.
Growing/Breeding – Growing, developing or breeding horses. Includes foals (under a year) or yearlings (between 1-2), up until about 4 years old, along with mares that are breeding, pregnant or lactating and breeding stallions.
Pony/Mini – Horses under 14.2 hands (under 58 inches) for ponies or up to 38 inches for miniature horses.
Underweight – Horses are considered underweight with a body condition score of 3 or lower. Signs of being underweight may include: visible ribs, backbone, tailhead, hip bones and discernable withers and shoulders.
Ideal weight – Horses with a body condition score between 4 – 6. Weight can vary based on breed, type of horse and activity level.
Overweight – Horse are considered overweight with a body condition 7 or higher. Signs of being overweight may include: an overly fleshy appearance, thickening of the neck, visible fat patches and inability to feel ribs.
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