by Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson
It is a common misunderstanding that we can promote health and performance just by adding more of any particular nutrient. On the right hand side of the graph we see that health decreases when the intake goes over a critical point.
Today we see diseases in stabled horses, which are not seen in the wild. These diseases emerge as we do not respect the rule that every nutrient has its optimum intake level. Horses are frequently fed sub-toxic or even toxic amounts of minerals, vitamins, sugar or starch in their daily diet.
For example overfeeding of sugar or starch is related to health disorders like tying up, equine metabolic syndrome, Cushing and laminitis. Overfeeding of minerals can lead to concretion formation in intestine or urinary tract. An Overdose of selenium can lead to death within hours, and long term, chronic overfeeding results in poor quality of hair and hooves.
Mixing of several different feed types and additives leads to loss of control over the intake. Even though you may have done a proper feed calculation you will still have to trust that the person who is mixing and feeding your horse does it exactly the way you told them.
To get the most out of your horse’s feed, go for one horse feed which is calculated by specialist and can be combined with all types of roughage without risking under or overdosing in minerals or vitamins.
Take control of the optimal intake.
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