Better Horse Health Through Cleaner Nutrition-
Today's market is inundated with processed grain and supplement options that claim to offer complete horse nutrition. What you are often feeding your horse is mostly fillers, synthetic vitamin and mineral content, chemicals, and preservatives. Sometimes fillers are natural and are not necessarily harmful to your horse, but a filler just leaves more for the horse's digestion to process to utilize the nutrition and benefits.
Not to mention that any ingredient the body does not recognize and fails to absorb or filter properly will lead to increased risk of inflammation. Along with the fact many of these options disrupt the pH levels of the GI tract which can lead to an imbalance of the microbial population. Leading to digestive health problems…
It's important to remember that each ingredient must be processed and digested in order to be of use to the horse. Many of the synthetic ingredients will either go in one end and out the other, or will be stored somewhere in the body. Over time the body gets weighed down and overloaded with toxic chemicals, additives, and synthetics. This is when your horse's health is comprised and disease and illness symptoms can arise.
Switching to a more natural horse nutrition does not have to be hard! You don't have to spend hours researching or looking into what different ingredients are or get a degree in equine nutrition. Just start with the thought of shorter, more natural ingredients as your goal. If the list is full of mostly things you can't pronounce it might be worth scratching.
Examples of Ingredient Lists and Choosing Cleaner Horse Nutrition
Here are a few example's of what I would not choose:
This list is from a common supplement and although there are a variety of natural ingredients in it I would say the first 4 or 5 are fillers in my opinion. Now flax, rice bran, and sunflower seed are not things I consider “bad”, in fact I have recommended them as options for some client horses. Overall this is not the type of clean ingredient list I am looking for or prefer.
This ingredient list is from a processed commercial grain that is very common when clients come to me as well. Again not saying that this list is “bad”, but I would like to see it shorter and cleaner! Just because a cereal might say complete and balanced breakfast, we know that eating natural more whole food is a much healthier option for our body. For your horse, it is no different.
Clean supplement ingredient list examples:
Since most horses don't get adequate access to natural live grass and time grazing, there is often a need for supplementation. Add a clean and natural supplement like this to a simple, clean base (soaked beet pulp, alfalfa/grass pellet, grass pellet) and you have an ingredient list for more natural equine nutrition. To ensure the trace minerals are also supported I cycle through an organic choice for this as well (it is actually the second image I used above).
Don't Unknowingly Create Dangerous Digestive Problems-
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The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.
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