Feeding horses through the fall

Feeding horses through the fall

Just as lush spring pastures can pose nutritional threats to our equine buddies, autumn can present other feeding concerns.

Pasture quality dips in the fall, necessitating dietary changes. That’s when feed may need to be supplemented with concentrate. Whatever the dietary goal, make changes gradually. Forage analysis may be called for to help prevent overconsumption of rich forage while providing key nutrients. You can also ask your equine veterinarian to help design a balanced diet.

Several types of fall foliage are especially dangerous to horses. One is moldy, dying maple leaves, which contain a toxin that can damage equine muscles.

Lastly, make a fall sweep of manure to remove parasites that can reinfect horses the following season. Fall deworming can also prime horses for a healthier off season.

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