Just like humans, horses require a balanced and nutritious diet to maintain their
health, energy levels, and overall well-being. With so many feed options available,
selecting the best feed for your horse can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll delve into
our top tips for choosing horse feed.
Understand your horse’s needs
Horses will have different nutritional needs based on their age, size, breed, activity
level and overall health. Speak with your vet to determine your horse’s specific
nutritional needs. Generally, a balanced diet includes carbohydrates, proteins, fats,
vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Build in forage
Forage, such as hay and pasture, should be the foundation of your horse’s diet. As a
rule of thumb, it should make up around 50% of your horse’s diet. It provides
essential fibre, supporting digestion and overall gut health.
Get to know your concentrates
Concentrates, including grains and supplements, can be added to your horse’s diet
to provide extra nutrients and energy. When you’re choosing concentrates, you’ll
need to take into account your horse’s workload, age and any health conditions.
Common grains include oats, barley, corn and bran. Supplements will usually be
made up of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Feel free to pop in the store and
speak to one of our friendly shop team who will be able to help you find the
supplement you’re looking for.
Monitor and adjust
Always keep a close eye on how your horse is responding to the diet they are being
given. Overfeeding and underfeeding can lead to poor health and harmful conditions,
so make sure you’re adjusting quantities and supplements to suit your individual
We stock a huge range of horse feed at Shedfield Equestrian Tack Shop and offer free delivery within a 20 mile radius of the shop. Give us a call on 01329 835115 to find more.