Winter Care for Your Horse's Digestive Health

During the winter months, it is crucial to ensure that your horse's digestive system functions smoothly despite the cold weather. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Distribute Forage: In winter, it's especially important to spread out hay feedings over several meals and across different areas of the pasture to encourage movement and provide engagement.
  • Increase Forage Intake:  The cold can increase a horse’s energy needs to maintain warmth. In some cases, the amount of hay provided may need to be increased to compensate for the cold. Chewing and digesting the forage also helps to generate heat.
  • Ensure Adequate Water Intake: Make sure that fresh water is available at all times. This is critical for healthy digestion and to prevent constipation.
  • Regular Exercise: Be extra diligent in providing daily movement, as exercise is vital to keep the digestive system active.

Supplements that Promote Healthy Digestion:

Linseed Oil: Besides promoting a glossy and manageable coat, linseed oil can have positive effects on the horse’s digestive system by supporting healthy gut function. It is an excellent supplement particularly during the colder months when a horse's need for extra energy may increase.

Fiberplex: A comprehensive feed supplement that supports digestion with a unique combination of beneficial fibers, fermented yeast, lecithin, methionine, and B vitamins. Fiberplex is particularly useful for high-performance horses and those needing to gain weight. Its high water-holding capacity also makes it suitable for temporary digestive disturbances.

Diamond V: An effective supplement that optimizes protein efficiency and improves feed digestibility. Diamond V is ideal for supporting the horse's digestive system during the winter months and has been shown to reduce the risk of digestive disturbances.

Psyllium: For horses grazing on sparse pastures or at risk of ingesting sand, dirt, or gravel, psyllium can be a lifesaver. Its gel-forming fibers help to expel unwanted particles from the intestine, reducing the risk of issues that can occur during winter.

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