Nutrition Supplements for Horses 101

Horse Being Fed By Its OwnerThe majority of horse owners worry whether they are feeding their horse the right food and in the right proportions. With the many supplements in the local shop, a horse owner may feel as if they are not doing the right thing if they do not supplement the daily feed of the horse.

Below are the standard nutrition supplements that you can give your horse, alongside the chicken feed here in NZ you give your poultry, for better nutrition.

Joint Supplements

Joint supplements are great for horses with joint problems mostly the leg joints. The joints problems may be because of a strenuous workload, or the horse is old. Joint supplements lubricate the joints allowing the animal to lead a more comfortable life.

The main ingredients in these supplements are chondroitin and glucosamine sulphate.

Hoof Supplements

Some horse owners complain that the horse cannot keep a shoe for long between farrier visits, or the horse is experiencing the problem of cracked hooves. Hoof supplements work to strengthen the horse’s hooves and mainly contain lysine and biotin among other ingredients.

Weight and Muscle Builders

Weight and muscle builders are another set of important horse supplements. Muscle builders help increase muscle and are helpful for performance horses. Weight supplements, on the other hand, are essential for horses that have problems with gaining weight.

Weight supplements are suitable for stallions or elderly horses that cannot feed properly to maintain healthy body weight.

You cannot talk about complete horse nutrition without including supplements meaning they are a critical part of the diet of a horse. However, do not get too excited and perhaps “over-supplement” your horse.

Get an appointment with your veterinary doctor and examine the health state of your horse. The task will be then to determine the right supplements for your horse, if necessary.