Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is a twice-a-month web segment that is designed to add to the education of footcare professionals when it comes to effectively feeding the hoof. The goal of this web-exclusive feature is to zero in on specific areas of hoof nutrition and avoid broad-based articles that simply look at the overall equine feeding situation.
This edition is sponsored by the W.F. Young Co. (Absorbine) of East Longmeadow, Mass.
Below you will find Part 2 of the latest question and answer installment that you can share with your footcare clients.
Q: Will fall grazing all by itself provide enough nutrition for my horses?
By Equine Guelph staffers
Autumn grass often appears to be an adequate nutrition source all by itself, may look abundant and your horse may still be happily grazing. However, fall grass is typically higher in fiber and lower in nutrition.
Your horse may begin to shed pounds if late fall pasture is the sole source of food, even though it had been able to maintain a healthy weight during the spring and summer months. You also need to consider the fact that fructan levels can increase with the return of moisture and that this sugar can trigger laminitis.
An equine nutrition plan not only needs to consider the horse’s workload, but also consider changes that occur in the nutritional content of pasture or hay throughout the seasons.
Equine Guelph is a free Canadian horse management advisory service offered by the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
Click here to read Part 1 of the October 15, 2017 installment: As a new owner, what will be my biggest challenges in feeding my horse?