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Horse Feed Options during Winter

January 20, 2020

My horses are enjoying some time off this winter, but that doesn’t mean that their feed program is on break. There are several parts of their feed program that are a priority during winter with water being first and foremost. I check the automatic waters a couple times a day to make sure they are flowing and not too cold for my horses to drink. Veterinarians say colic incidences go up during the winter months due to horses not drinking enough. Next is salt.  Free choice salt in either blocks or loose form should be available at all times. Did you know horses require at least 1 ounce of salt per day (varies on temperature and activity level) to help meet their requirement for sodium and chloride?  

Next comes supplements. Central Valley Ag can help you supplement your horses with a Running Horse 18% protein all-natural tub, Stablyx mineral tub, or bulk pelleted feed in totes, as well as bagged pellet and textured feeds. During the cold winter months, some of us may not feed our horses like we do during the summer. Thus, the convenience of these tubs makes chore time much faster.  

To determine the actual supplementation needs of your horse or any animal, we recommend testing your forages. This is something which we are happy to do for you. This process is something we frequently do for our cattle customers and usually have results within a week. As many horse owners are aware, selenium levels more than 0.3 ppm in a diet is prohibited, so management and intakes are essential to monitor. To properly manage intake while using tubs, move tubs closer to a water source to increase consumption or move farther away from water and loafing areas to decrease intake.  

Our equine specialists are available to stop by and visit with you about your horse program, whether it’s for a tub, grain, supplement, body condition score, or to design a feed program.  Visit and click under the feed tab to find a specialist in your area.
by Brandi Salestrom
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