Horses are natural grazers and foragers. They seek out a variety of plant species when grazing to satisfy their nutritional needs. Beyond that, access to multiple grazing species allows for more ‘interesting’ intake and increased palatability. When available, horses will consume not only a wide variety of grass species but also the leaves of shrubs, hedgerows, berries and herbs.
Modern day horse keeping practices mean that the level of variety available to horses in terms of grazing plants, is drastically diminished. We know that when horses are living and functioning the way they have evolved to, their health flourishes. So, what can be done to increase the variety of roughage available for your horses and to mimic availability to feeds they would be drawn to eat naturally?
Many of you may not be in a position to sow your own fields due to keeping your horses at livery or may just not have grazing space. Even in the stable, a variety of roughage can be provided.
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