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Just like the departure to the meadow, the return to the stable of your horse requires a preparation time. A few precautions are necessary to ensure a smooth transition in feeding. You can find the right feed for your horse’s activity in the Royal-Horse feed range.
When he stays in the meadow, the horse’s diet is very different from the one he has in the stable. He generally has access to fodder (grass of more or less good quality) and certainly horse hay as a supplement if the grass is not rich enough. Depending on his activity during his stay in the meadow or on the weather conditions, he may have received a ration of concentrated feed (flaked or granulated feed for horses) as a supplement. If his stay in the meadow is synonymous with a rest period, his activity is reduced, so he may lose muscle mass. This is normal, you just have to make sure that he doesn’t lose condition during this period, nor gain too much weight, which can be just as harmful for him.
As for the departure to the meadow, a dietary transition of 8 to 10 days will be necessary for your horse to get used to its diet at the stable. After having eaten mostly grass fodder, your horse will need to rebuild its intestinal flora. You will therefore be able to introduce prebiotics and probiotics into its diet during this transition if they are not already present in the feed you have chosen. About ten days before his return, start to give him his regular feed in small doses (distributed in several meals), which you will increase as you go along. Also reintroduce hay into his diet (if he didn’t have it in the meadow), since grass is very different from hay to be digested. Be careful, the amount of feed must remain proportional to his activity, so you will have to increase the rations gradually as he resumes work. Finally, deworm your horse once it has returned to the stable, as life in the meadow predisposes it to the development of certain parasites.
The physical activity of your horse will also be modified as soon as he returns to the stable. After a more or less prolonged stay in the meadow, he will have lost muscle mass, but also breath. To support your horse’s muscular effort, recovery and digestive transit, you can rely on our H200 or S200 range of complete feeds for horses. Whether for competition or leisure, these horse feeds are ideal for meeting the nutritional needs of your horses. These feeds also exist in flaked form and, like the whole Royal Horse range, are supplemented with prebiotics, vitamins and trace elements such as the H250 feed supplement, dedicated to competition horses, and S250 more adapted to leisure horses. These complementary feeds for horses also contain antioxidants, whose virtues allow a good functioning of the muscular masses of your horse and promote recovery after the effort.
To calculate your horse’s ideal ration, download the Royal Horse application on your smartphone. You will then receive recommendations on the type of Royal Horse horse food best suited to its activity, but also to its physical characteristics (weight, activity, etc.).