Forage-based diets and grain-free diets are becoming increasingly popular among equestrians of all disciplines for their horses. These methodologies of feeding horses put quality hay and forage at the forefront of the feeding program. While many horses thrive on this program, a forage-only diet can cause your horse to become deficient in some nutrients. For this reason, you must ensure your horse is receiving adequate amounts of vitamins and trace minerals.
Because hay and forage may not contain all of your horse’s dietary requirements, we recommend supplementing your feeding program with a forage balancer. These pair perfectly with hay to provide your horse with all of his or her nutritional needs. Designed to be fed in smaller quantities than traditional grains, these ration balancing feeds have the protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals that your horse, pony, donkey, or mule needs to thrive.
We carry a wide variety of forage ration balancers from trusted equine nutrition companies, including Buckeye Nutrition, Nutrena, Purina Mills, Tribute Equine Nutrition, and Triple Crown. By purchasing products from industry leaders like these, you can be confident that your horse is eating top-quality grain that will pair well with your existing forage. Many of the product lines are designed to be fed with particular hay blends, helping to fill in the nutritional gaps of grass hay or alfalfa hay for example.
Feed your horse a forage-first diet while giving them all of the essential nutrients that they need for optimal health and wellness. With their balanced nutritional panel, forage balancers and ration balancers help to support skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive health.
If you are considering feeding your horse a forage-based diet, we recommend utilizing a ration balancer as part of your feeding regime. Our experienced and highly trained sales associates are always available to assist you in making your purchase decisions and answer any questions you may have. We invite you to reach out to us today to set up an appointment for a complimentary equine nutrition consultation.