POP QUIZ FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Q: You may have heard that a horse’s brain is the size of a walnut. Don’t believe it. Which produce item is closer to the size of the averagea. kiwi equine brain? b. large baking potato c. grapefruit d. small cantaloupe switch to a different formulation altogether to best support his new lifestyle. • #hange in geographic location Pastures and hays in different parts of the country supply different levels of nutrients, and those a horse doesn’t get from forage, he needs to get from feed. A move to a colder climate will increase caloric needs in winter months, which may also require a change in feed. A move across town isn’t likely to require any changes, but any significant relocation is reason to consider whether his current feed will still be appropriate. • #hange in health status If your horse is diagnosed with a new condition or illness, a dietary change may be an important part of his treatment and ongoing management. The obvious example is metabolic disorders: An insulin-resistant horse may need a feed that is lower in sugars or carbohydrates than what he had been receiving. But other conditions, such as heaves , may require feed changes as well. Remember that if you are going to change a horse’s ration, you need to do so slowly, over the course of a week or more. And your veterinarian, or a trusted feed professional with an academic degree in the field, is your best source of information.
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