Does my horse need supplements?
If you Google ‘supplements’, this is what you will find; ‘Food supplements are products in the form of pills, powders, drops, capsules or drinks and intended to supplement the daily diet. They contain vitamins, minerals or bioactive substances, both separately, such as in a vitamin C pill, or as a combination, such as in a multivitamin pill.’
There is an incredibly wide range of supplements on the market, but does my horse actually need them? If so, what and how much does my horse need? Can I also give too many Supplements?
I hope to be able to give you the answers to these questions here.
To meet your horse’s nutritional needs, suitable roughage is number one, of which a horse needs at least 1,5% of their body weight in dry matter.
Good, suitable roughage for horses contains:
- Lots of fibre
- Little energy
- Little protein but all the essential amino acids
- Sufficient vitamins and minerals, according to the horse’s needs
- Is not dusty, mouldy or spoiled
Can you assume that if you feed this, the horse’s basic needs are covered?
Unfortunately not. The quality of the roughage is often not complete due to the depleted agricultural lands and our relatively one-sided cultivation of crops. We see that the roughage regularly has many deficiencies of minerals. Examples are sodium, selenium, zinc and magnesium.
A horse needs sufficient vitamins and minerals to keep their body healthy.
Yes, in most cases a horse needs extra vitamins and minerals.