Items

Forums
Too Much of a Good Thing
 By Saferaphus   •   5th Oct 2017   •   571 views   •   0 comments


Minerals
We generally think of minerals in any diet as a good thing. But it is possible for horses to get too much of a certain mineral. The most common culprits include fluoride, lead, and iron. If caught in time, most symptoms of poisoning from excess minerals are reversible. However, if the problem is not diagnosed, it can be deadly. Often, treating the problem of too much of a certain mineral isnít cutting back on that mineral in the horseís diet, itís balancing it with other minerals. And, itís wise to know whatís in the feed youíre already giving your horse, before adding mineral supplements, so you donít throw things out of balance.

Grains
When weíre not sure our horses are getting enough energy and nutrition from hay or grass, we often supplement their diet with grain. But, it is possible to feed too much grain. Obesity is an obvious problem that comes with eating too much grain. Other problems can occur too. Horses that eat a diet high in grains but relatively low in hay or grass may be more prone to colic and ulcers. Their teeth may need extra attention because not chewing on grass or hay means they donít get worn down by the silica in those feeds. And, horses who donít get a lot of grazing, but get fed grain instead may become bored and more prone to bad habits like fence chewing, stall walking and weaving.

Vitamins
Like minerals, itís possible for a horse to get too much of a specific vitamin. Itís almost impossible for a horse to get too many vitamins from a normal diet. It is possible to over supplement them, however. Excessive Vitamin B might happen because a horse is being given energy building injections. Or an owner might not give the right amount of supplements. So thatís why you should have your hay tested, and know what vitamins your horse is already getting so you donít give the more than they need.

Grass
Can a horse eat too much grass? Yes, even though grass is the most natural diet for a horse, itís possible for them to eat too much. This can lead to obesity, laminitis, and colic. Some horses will eat far more than they need. A sudden change from dry hay to grass, can cause laminitis.

Water
Horses need lots of clean water. The average horse drinks about ten gallons a day. Theyíll drink less in cool temperatures and when they have good pasture. They may drink more when the temperatures are hot, or they are eating only hay. Usually, too little water is a problem with horses and they can become dehydrated. Dehydration can be dangerous in high temperature, during hard work or if they simply arenít being given enough.

But, very occasionally, a horse may drink too much water. This is less common than drinking too little, but it does happen. One cause is similar to the habits of cribbing and weaving. Itís called psychogenic polydipsia. Itís most common in horses confined in their stall although it could be triggered by eating too much salt. Once started, itís a hard habit to break. The best option is lots of turn out so the horse can get exercise and graze.

There are a few health problems that can cause excessive water drinking. Cushing's disease, glandular disorders, and renal failure may cause the horse to drink, and subsequently urinate large amounts.

Treats
Itís possible to feed too many treats to a horse. This can lead to obesity. And, always expecting to get a treat every time it sees you can make a horse pushy, and that can get dangerous for you. Feed treats sparingly, if at all.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  Feed,
Horse News More In This Category:  Feed and Minerals      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
Equine Mange Mites
11th Dec 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
Mange is a skin condition caused by mites. There is actually a few different types of mange, each caused by a specific type of mange that may affect certain areas of the horseís body. Some are more rare than others. Sarcoptic mang ...
Red Dead Redemption Horse Review
8th Dec 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
Something that keeps showing up in my newsfeed lately is content about something called Red Dead Redemption 2. And at first glance it seems that horses factor big in this something. So, I decided to find out more. ...
Horse News
5th Dec 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
Bodybuilders taking horse drugs, the carriage trade takes another hit, and once again we learn not to drink and ride. Hereís whatís been showing up on my news feeds lately. ...
Horse Saddles Around the World
2nd Dec 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
We almost see the evolution of the saddle all over again once the Native People of North American started riding horses. We often see images of riders riding their horses without saddles. But saddles were used, with some influence ...
Equine Polydactylism
1st Dec 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
In horses the extra appendage is called a supernumerary digit, and it grows off the splint bone on both front or hind legs. There may be four supernumerary digits, there may be only one, or a partial digit. The splint bone is a sm ...
Jobs on Horseback
28th Nov 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
Have you ever dreamed of spending all day riding horses? There are a few jobs out there that might suit you. Whatever career on horse back you pursue, be prepared to work long hard hours, and some aspects of these are decidedly un ...
2018 Christmas Horse Toys
23rd Nov 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
Was it last year that the top toy, Hatchimals, disappointed children everywhere? This yearís top toy is similar, but instead of hatching and then doing nothing, you can groom its tangles out and let it languish on a shelf. ...
Learning The Why of Horses
21st Nov 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
There is so much to learn about horses. Truly, you could spend your whole life studying them and still need a few more lives to cover even a fraction. For example here are a few questions that start with why... ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2018   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
297 Members Online 241,548 Registered Members 2,500 News Articles 10,453,678 Unique News Article Views 230,540,375 Website Views