Bal­ance his diet

Your Horse (UK) - - Horse Care -

Mak­ing sure your older horse gets all the nu­tri­ents he needs, as well as enough for­age to keep his gut mov­ing, is es­sen­tial. Horses can spend up to 16 to 18 hours a day graz­ing and the more fi­bre in your horse’s diet, the eas­ier he’ll find it to di­gest and get the right nu­tri­ents. If he spends his days out­side, he’ll cope fine, but if he’s sta­bled, he’ll need high-fi­bre foods that are easy to di­gest. “As your horse ages, you’ll need to move over to the more com­plete feeds that are de­signed to be fed with­out the added for­age,” says Claire. “A lot of peo­ple start giv­ing their horse joint sup­ple­ments when a prob­lem starts to arise but the real key is preven­tion. Start giv­ing your horse joint sup­ple­ments in his late teenage years.” Joint sup­ple­ments may help stiff­ness and flex­i­bil­ity. Check with your vet which prod­uct will ben­e­fit your horse most.

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