SUCCEED® Blog:

Where #SeriousHorsePeople come to better understand digestive health in horses and its impact and management.

Why Do We Feed Horses Grain?

Grains (any concentrated feeds) are commonplace in our horses’ feeding programs. But have you ever stopped to think about why we feed our horses grain?

Dr. Geoff Tucker, a Florida equine veterinarian talks about why we do need to add grain to our working horses’ diets. Related to the “why” is the “how” – we have a habit of feeding more grain than is actually healthy for our horses. Dr. Tucker gives a great illustration to help us picture how we should use grain to supplement our horses’ diets. Watch now:

To summarize Dr. Tucker’s lesson, horses who have greater energy requirements need more calories than what they can get from hay or pasture grasses alone. While forages are best for the equine digestive system, horses can’t always eat enough hay to meet their energy needs. That’s where grains in appropriate amounts come in to supplement the diet.

Newsletter Logo

Dr. Tucker also emphasizes that while grain is often necessary to meet horses’ energy requirements and maintain weight, it should be a very small percentage of the horse’s diet compared to forage.

Thanks to Dr. Tucker for allowing us to use his great video as a resource. Check out his Horzvet YouTube channel for more like it.

Leave a Comment:

Related Articles:

+
Diagnosing and Managing Enteritis in Horses

Introduction to Enteritis in Horses Enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine. While most commonly associated with bacterial infection, Enteritis often involves both non-infectious and infectious diseases. (Page et al., 2014.) Enteritis is of […]

+
SUCCEED for Long-Term Equine GI Support

SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program supports your horse’s entire gastrointestinal system, especially the often ignored hindgut. Your horse’s hindgut represents 85% of its gastrointestinal system. That makes the hindgut a critical part of the horse’s overall […]

+
Keeping Ulcers at Bay in Barrel Horses

Here’s what you need to know about recognizing and managing ulcers in barrel horses, or in any high-stress competition horse across disciplines. Equine Ulcer Symptoms Vary Widely The obvious clinical signs of a digestive health […]

+
The Owner’s Guide to the Microbiota in Horse Health & Disease

We’re currently undergoing a surge of interest in healthy “gut bacteria” and its impact on overall wellness in both the human and horse worlds. These markets continue to explode with new research on the far-reaching […]

+
Professor Knottenbelt Discusses Equine GI Diagnostics [Video]

The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test (FBT) is a rapid field test that supports your vet’s diagnosis of digestive tract conditions in horses. A research team at the University of Glasgow vet school is using […]

+
Professional Strategies for Healthy Horse Transport

If you’ve ever been on the end of a lead rope trying to coax a balking horse up into a horse trailer, you’ve witnessed firsthand the effects of stress on your horses. Sure, that trailer […]

horses nutritional needs

FREE eBook:

Nutrition for Horses

Three factors for evaluating
your horse’s nutritional needs.

DOWNLOAD NOW