HORSE FEED & SUPPLEMENTS to help maintain normal behavior
Proper Feed May Help With Nervous Behavior
There’s nothing worse than riding a horse that is having a complete melt-down on the trail or in the show ring. A change in your horse’s diet might be enough to calm his nerves and help chill him out.
A horse’s body strives for a balance of glucose in the blood. After a meal, blood glucose levels increase. In order to bring it back to normal levels, insulin is released by the pancreas. Meals high in sugar and starch keep glucose levels elevated for a longer period of time after the horse has finished eating until insulin can bring it back to normal. The hormone cortisol can also increase blood glucose metabolism. This happens in order to initiate the horse’s “fight or flight” response, giving the horse a burst of energy to flee the potential danger.
In order to evaluate and support your horse’s normal behavior with nutrition, be sure to look at the amount of sugar and starch in the total diet of your horse, including the grain and forage from both hay and pasture. Horses do need sugar and starch in their diet for normal everyday metabolism but a small reduction may help keep his energy levels down.
Manage mealtime to keep blood glucose levels from spiking and help maintain normal behavior while supporting a healthy digestive tract. Smaller, more frequent grain meals will help, so be sure to divide up grain meals to at least two meals per day.
If you have an overweight horse, an easy-keeper or pasture pet, try a low NSC (sugar + starch) ration balancer or feed, such as GRO ‘N WIN or Safe 'N Easy.
For performance horses or a hard-keeper, try a product with higher levels of fat and fiber, such as EQ8 Gut Health, EQ8 Senior, Cadence, Cadence Ultra, Trifecta, or adding a fat supplement such as ULTIMATE FINISH 25, 40, 100.
If you have questions about your horse's diet and behavior, contact us today.