Horses can be picky, and they prefer certain flavors more than others. This week, I share five healthy food options your horse will love.

Unfortunately, processed food has become unavoidable within the horse industry today. So, owners must be diligent about making the best food choices possible.

This episode will help you experiment with different tasty and nutritious food options. Join me as I explore several wholesome and enjoyable feed alternatives for your horse.

Whole Food Options for Horses

The current prevalence of processed food in the horse industry has steered many horse owners away from whole food choices. Many domesticated horses are confined to dry lots or rely on hay feeders, so they lack many vital phytonutrients they find when foraging naturally.

Spirulina: A Nutrient-Packed Superfood

Spirulina is a concentrated and bioavailable whole-food source of nutrition for horses. It is phytoplankton rich in protein, beta carotene, B vitamins, and essential fatty acids, with properties that aid in detoxification, cellular metabolism, and raising energy levels while regulating blood sugar and enhancing immunity. When incorporating spirulina into your horse’s diet, it is best to start with small amounts, gradually increasing it to a tablespoonful a day. 

Cranberries: Tart Treats with Many Health Benefits

Cranberries contain antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. They have anti-inflammatory properties and offer numerous other health benefits for horses, including immune support and better kidney health. Some horses may find the tart taste off-putting, but sweetened cranberries can provide a palatable alternative. I suggest you start with a quarter to half a cupful of cranberries daily.

Blueberries: A Superfood for Digestive Health and Immunity

Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. They support digestive health, immune function, and muscle recovery in horses. Their high fiber content aids in regulating blood sugar and promoting hydration, while their anti-inflammatory properties contribute to overall well-being. Start with a handful per day, and notice any improvements in gastrointestinal symptoms and immune function.

Chia Seeds: A Fibre-Rich Omega-3 Source

Chia seeds are dense in fiber and filled with Omega-3 fatty acids. They offer many benefits, including digestive health, satiety, bone strength, and hormonal balance in horses. Whether fed soaked or dry, chia seeds provide essential nutrients, including selenium, calcium, and magnesium. Start with a tablespoonful daily to increase your horse’s fiber intake and support its overall health.

Hemp Hearts: Complete Protein and Essential Fatty Acids

Hemp hearts, whether whole or dehulled, provide complete protein, essential fatty acids, and vital micronutrients for horses. Their anti-inflammatory properties, hormone-regulating effects, and digestive benefits make them an ideal addition to a horse’s diet. The benefits of these nutritionally dense seeds include improved skin health, better hormone regulation, and reduced inflammation. Start with a tablespoonful per day.

I suggest introducing one of these options at a time while observing your horse’s preferences to gauge what they appreciate and enjoy most.

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