Now that autumn has arrived, it also means that the days are starting to get shorter and colder. This means that horses will be stabled more often and that the ration for your horse will change. Due to a reduced nutritional value of the grass, in the autumn and winter, horses cannot get enough nutrients. A good ration is important and with every change of feed your horse’s digestion must adapt to the new situation. A sudden menopause can affect metabolism and increase the risk of colic or constipation. We give you a number of tips for a healthy transition from pasture to barn!
Horses that are stabled more often during autumn and winter get less exercise as a result. Movement ensures good blood circulation and stimulates digestion. If you ensure that your horse can move sufficiently for at least 1 to 2 hours a day, you reduce the chance of stable legs and possible blockages. the blood circulation can, in addition to exercise, also provide extra support with, for example, cleavers. Because of its cleansing effect, this tasty cleaver herb is also called ‘lymph herb’. Cleaver herb is a fine herb to support and strengthen the lymphatic system because it is full of vitamins and minerals that stimulate the removal of waste and moisture. It also supports good blood circulation and contributes to a healthy and shiny coat.
Gradually let your horse get used to a change in the number of hours in the meadow and the corresponding new ration. Roughage, such as silage, contains less moisture than grass, but does contain more fiber. In order to properly digest the new feed, the horse needs a different enzyme production and a change in the intestinal flora. You can help your horse with this by, for example, adding brewer’s yeast, which has a stimulating effect on the intestinal flora and digestion. View the extensive range for digestion here.
As soon as the horses go back to the stable, they can move less. This can lead to boredom and can lead to unpleasant situations in the stable. Therefore, try to divide the feeding periods in the stable during, so that your horse is only in the paddock or stable for a few hours without food. In addition, you can also use a slow feeder to ensure that your horse is eating longer. Horses are very social animals. Make sure that your horse is with another horse that he or she gets along with. This also applies to stables. This way you avoid problems and unnecessary tension. In this way your horse can still show social behavior in the autumn and winter.
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