Stretching Your Horse’s Hay Supply During Drought

Abanico1Drought conditions result in poor hay, poor pasture production, and rising feed costs. Often, horse owners are forced to find alternative feed sources to either stretch their limited hay supply or completely replace it. Some quick facts:

  • High-fiber roughages should make up the majority of a horse’s diet.
  • Ideally, horses should receive 1.5 to 2.0 percent of their body weight per day as roughage.
  • If grain is needed to maintain body condition, divide the daily portion into several smaller meals. Each grain meal should not exceed 0.5 percent of body weight.
  • Make any changes to the diet gradually over one to two weeks.
  • Provide free-choice access to water and salt.

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