Hard Feed - Feed & Supplements 

Feeding horses properly is essential for their overall health and well-being. The primary diet for horses should consist of forage, such as hay or pasture grass. However, there are situations where additional feed, commonly referred to as "hard feed," may be necessary to meet the horse's nutritional requirements. Hard feed typically refers to commercially prepared concentrates or grains that are fed to horses in addition to their forage. 
 
When selecting a hard feed for your horse, it's important to consider factors such as the horse's age, activity level, overall health, and any specific dietary needs. Here are some common types of hard feed options for horses: 
 
• Grain mixes: These are formulated blends of various grains like oats, corn, barley, and wheat. Grain mixes often come fortified with additional vitamins and minerals. They can be a source of energy for horses in moderate to heavy work or those needing additional calories. 
 
• Cubes: Similar to pellets, cubes are compressed feed forms that offer concentrated nutrition. They are typically larger in size and may require soaking in water before feeding, especially for horses prone to choke or with dental issues. 
 
• Complete feeds: These feeds are designed to be the sole source of nutrition for horses, replacing or reducing the need for forage. They usually come in pellet or extruded form and are fortified with all the necessary nutrients. Complete feeds are suitable for older horses with dental problems or those unable to consume adequate forage. 
 
• Supplemental feeds: These feeds are meant to supplement a horse's diet, providing specific nutrients that may be lacking. Examples include ration balancers, which offer a balanced profile of vitamins and minerals, and specialty feeds designed for horses with specific needs, such as senior horses or those with metabolic conditions. 
 
When choosing a hard feed, consult with an equine nutritionist or veterinarian to determine the most suitable option for your horse's individual needs. They can help evaluate your horse's diet, assess any deficiencies, and provide specific recommendations based on factors such as age, weight, activity level, and overall health. 
 
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