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A frequent concern of horse owners is to keep their horses in good condition. Indeed, an unexplained loss of condition is often the clinical sign of disease, parasitic infection, ulcers, etc. If a horse is in a loss of condition, here are a few tips to help a horse gain weight and meet all its nutritional needs.
First of all, check that your horse is in good health by calling your vet, who will carry out the necessary tests. Also check with an equine dentist to make sure your horse’s dentition is free of overteeth or abnormalities. A sore mouth can lead to chewing problems and therefore poor absorption of feed. Also, drops in temperature can lead to loss of condition as your horse will burn more energy to maintain body temperature.
Fibre is contained in the hay, which is an integral part of the horse’s diet. It is therefore important to provide it with sufficient quantities of fibre, ideally with unlimited access. Good fibre can also be found in pasture grass, especially spring grass, which is rich in mineral salts. Alfalfa, if it is of good quality, is also a good source of fibre because it contains more energy than hay.
If your horse eats concentrated feed, check that it is well adapted to its lifestyle and daily effort. Concentrated feeds must be a source of fat, protein and fibre, but also of vitamins, trace elements, pre and probiotics, antioxidants, etc. The products in the Royal Horse range meet all the dietary needs of horses, whether they are for sport, leisure, retirement or resting. They are available in granulated or flaked form depending on your horse’s dietary requirements.
The oil has many benefits for the health of your horse. In particular, rapeseed oil is the one that is best assimilated. In addition to promoting weight gain, the oil makes the coat shiny, avoids oesophageal blockages, provides fatty acids and vitamins that are essential for the good health of your horse and promotes the proper digestion of other feeds. For example, Isio 4 type oil is ideal because it contains a mixture of seeds.
Low in sugar, beet pulp has many advantages. It is higher in calories than fodder, but also lower in energy than concentrated foods.
It releases energy slowly into the horse’s body, like hay. It is also a good source of calcium and does not contain starch (very harmful to your horse’s digestive system). It is also ideal for horses with a fragile stomach or constipation due to its water content.
To help your horse regain its condition, you can supplement its ration with feed supplements, generally to be administered in the form of cures. Many products on the market allow you to rebalance your horse’s ration and thus offer it optimal nutrition.
A balanced diet is essential for the well-being of your horse. Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian or an equine nutritionist to find the ideal ration to make your horse gain weight without risk to its health.