Many horse owners know the frustration of an injured horse!

Below, you can find information about how to help your horse recover faster during rehabilitation

Do different types of injuries need different nutrient requirements?

If the horse is confined to its stall, it makes no difference whether this is because of a muscle/bone injury, surgery, infection, or fatigue. The nutrient requirements of a stall bound horse are slightly elevated similar to a healthy horse in light work or walked for only 15 minutes a day.

The increased metabolism of an injured stall bound horse requires extra energy and protein is particularly needed to repair the body tissue lesion. It is therefore essential that the horse’s feed contain digestible protein that provides the building blocks to repair the injured tissue.

Does your horse have loose feces?

 

During fall and winter, many horse owners are frustrated with their horses developing loose feces, which may often resemble cow pats. The question is what it takes to cure this condition.

 

This depends on the cause!


There are many causes of loose in horses including:

• Wet haylage

• Too small rations of roughage

• Lack of structural fibre

• Excessive amounts of concentrates per day

• Excessive amounts of concentrate per serving

• Accumulation of sand in the intestines

• Intestinal parasites

The variety of available commercial feeds makes choosing  a diet for your horse seem quite complicated and several factors come into play when making this choice.

Above all, the feed should fit the horse’s needs – is it an easy keeper or does it struggle maintaining weight? Furthermore, roughage and concentrates should complement each other, yielding a balanced diet plan. For instance, if the roughage comes with a high protein content, a concentrate with a low to normal protein content should be chosen.


Roughage

Sampling hay or haylage for analysis prior to baling, has become immensely popular. As expected, the roughage samples that Equsana have received for analysis vary significantly in energy and protein.

 

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