2. Water is the most important nutrient a horse needs.
A horse should always have access to a supply of fresh, clean water maintained at a warm temperature to encourage maximum water consumption. A 1,000 pound horse resting in a moderate or cool environment and eating dry forage will drink between 10 and 12 gallons of water per day.
Maximizing forage intake
Fodder, alfalfa or grass, is the ideal source of energy for horses. Most mature horses should be fed at least one percent and ideally up to 1.5 to 2.5 percent of their body weight in forages each day. Consumption of forages can provide a large portion of a horse’s energy requirements, helping to maintain gastrointestinal tract function. In the case of forages, everyone has an opinion on what is best, whether it is alfalfa or grass. At the end of the day, it’s what’s best for each individual horse. If you have any questions, we recommend that you talk to an equine nutritionist to get the answers you need.