With the large quantity of nutritional information available and the hundreds of supplements on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what a balanced diet is for your horse. Mid-Rivers Equine Centre is here to provide you with complete equine nutrition consulting to help you understand your horse’s specific nutritional needs. By evaluating the current diet, any known health issues, age, workload, and individual breed requirements, we can help build a tailored diet plan for your horse. It is also important to recognize that a horse’s nutritional needs will change throughout its lifetime and even season to season.
What Are The Benefits of Nutrition Consulting?
Equine nutrition consulting helps you understand how to balance your horse’s diet in a way that not only maintains their health, but addresses any health concerns like allergies, missing teeth, cushings, insulin resistance, etc. In doing so, you help ensure the health, well-being, and performance of your horse.
What Does Equine Nutrition Consulting Provide?
At Mid-Rivers Equine Centre, we want to provide you with valuable nutritional information whenever you need it. You don’t need an appointment to start the conversation about your horse’s nutrition. Just ask us at any point during your current appointment and we will be able to help you understand your horse’s nutritional needs.
During equine nutrition consulting, we will help you understand the different types of feed (including grains, hays, and supplements), as well as develop a comprehensive feeding program.
5 Questions To Ask During Your Appointment
To get started taking charge of your horse’s nutrition, here are five questions you should ask your veterinarian:
- What is the right quantity of grain per feeding for my horse?
- What do I need to know about feed ingredients?
- Does my horse need supplements?
- How much hay does my horse require?
- What type of hay is best for my horse?
Body Conditioning Scoring
When you make an appointment for nutrition consulting at Mid-Rivers Equine Centre, we can perform a topline evaluation scoring (TES). TES scoring helps give an indication as to your horse’s overall body condition.
Be sure to ask:
- What is my horse’s TES?
- Can you give my horse a body conditioning score?
- Do you recommend any diet changes depending upon those scorings?
Keep Your Veterinarian Updated Of Any Changes
Remember to also tell your veterinarian about any changes to your horse’s diet or workload. These changes can affect your horse’s overall nutrition and health. Be sure to include:
- Changes in feed
- Changes in supplements
- Changes in hay
- Changes in their work or daily routine
- Any health changes