Feeding Your Horse
The most important tip? Find a diet that works for your horse and stick with
it. This way any sudden loss or gain of weight can be quickly identified and you can have them checked out
by a veterinarian before any problems become too serious!
1. How much food should I feed my horse?
An average horse
weighs about 1000 pounds and general wisdom states that you should feed two to two and a half pounds per
hundred pounds of body weight. This means that a 1000 pound horse should be fed between twenty and twenty-five
pounds of food PER DAY. Most of it should be hay, with two to five pounds of grain. You will need to keep track
of your horses' weight and measurements and adjust their feed as necessary to keep them at an optimum weight
and size. Remember! A winter coat can hide a thin horse. Be proactive and measure your horse
2. How often does my horse need to eat?
Horses have very
small stomachs for their size. They are meant to eat small amounts constantly throughout the day. This means
ideally you feed your horse small amounts of food and often. It is equally important that you feed your horses
on a regular schedule every single day. Remember to allow an hour for your horse to rest between eating and
3. Eating too much?
Overfeeding is definitely a problem
you can experience with your horses. Just like with people, while some horses will eat only what they need,
others will happily eat everything you offer. As a rule of thumb, avoid concentrates unless your horse NEEDS
it, and keep track of their size through weighing and measurements. If they appear to be over-grazing, move
them to a dirt corral so they don't have access to grass.
Use the body conditioning score to
determine if your horse is too heavy or too thin; in other words how do they look? Much of it is based on
common sense, if your animal looks too big or too thin they probably are. Bony portions of the horse, ribs,
base of tail, hips should have a slight covering but be easily felt. The neck should be firm but without
5. How do I make sure everyone is getting their fair
Horses are have a very strong pecking order and if you don't make sure everyone gets enough
food someone will get left out while you're lead horse gets too much. Spread hay out so there is more than one
pile and physically separate horses when giving grains.
Stable Building Tips
Bedding Pros and Cons
Mucking Out Your Horse's Stall
Feeding Your Horse
What To Feed Your Horse
Giving Up Your Horse
Do Horses Need Shoes?
Teeth and Horses
Winterizing Your Barn
Preparing to Travel With Your Horse
Winter Care for Horses
Preventing Barn and Stall Boredom
Tips for Traveling with Your Horse
Stable Requirements: Building
the Space to Meet Your Horses' Needs
Preparing Your Horse for Hot Weather
Tips for Maintaining Your Horse Trailer
Proper Hoof Care
Why Braiding Horse Hair is Beneficial to
Tips for Taking Care of an Older Horse
How to Keep Your Horse Fed on a Budget
Transitioning Horses from Winter Feed to
Why You Should Feed Your Horse Flaxseed
Dealing With an Unhappy Horse in Their