Box or even field rest can be a challenging time for horses and their owners. Whilst successful recovery relies on numerous factors, diet is an important part of the horse’s management and should focus on maintaining gut health, promoting calm behaviour and providing a balanced supply of vitamins, minerals and quality protein. Here’s a few things you need to know:
When Your Horse Loses Their Appetite
One of the most common equine responses to any sort of injury that causes discomfort or pain is a loss of appetite. Divide horse feeds into as many small meals as possible and consider adding a small amount of sugar beet, grated apple or carrot, mint or garlic. Fenugreek, a spice with a strong ‘curry’ aroma may also be helpful and was in fact ranked as number 1 preferred flavour by horses in one study.