The digestion of fiber by a horse’s hind gut produces energy for warmth. Make sure your horse has a lot of lower protein high fiber hay. Try to feed smaller amounts several times a day and spread it out away from the waterer to encourage walking.
Many horse owners stop feeding supplements in the winter because they feel they only need them in the summer when they are being used. And from a performance point of view that may be logical. However, because of the gut action of BioEquine’s Natural Digestive Support, and the fact that some statistics show that horses tend to colic because:
- they tend to move less because of lack of grazing.
- they generally drink less water and stand around waiting to be fed.
- many folks only have access to feed once or twice a day so a horse’s gut will be empty for long periods.
Here at Sunglade Ranch, we used to use round bales of good grass mix hay in a slow feed hay net placed in a tombstone feeder. However, my horses were SO fat in the spring that it took 3 months of controlled feeding and paddocking that it took the fun out of it. SO last winter we started throwing out forkfuls of hay four times daily while still feeding their little bit of grain and BioEquine supplement in the morning. We hang a pail from every second post and my eight head line up every morning for their breakfast. That allows us to do a walk around check of everyone daily as well.
I was surprised this summer when I was visiting with friends and both of them said their horses were on mixed round bales, free choice and they ALL lost weight in the winter. The only difference I can see is our BioEquine Natural Digestive Support. So not only does it help prevent colic but it makes them far more efficient in their use of fodder. We used about half the amount of round bales last winter.