A Food-Centric Horse Community
I'm planning on switching my horse to a whole foods diet over the next few months. I spoke with Tigger at BiostarEQ and she recommended Coolstance, whole flax seed and Optimum bars. However, that adds almost $50 per month to my feed bill, which I…Continue
Hi All,My gelding has had a very acute case of hives this week. The vet came out to give him a shot which stopped the hives. I'm still trying to figure out what is causing this. He's on a whole foods diet that hasn't changed. We did get a new…Continue
I am new to this forum having found you all with a web search. I have an 8 year old QH/Morgan mare who was recently diagnosed with infiltrative lipoma. This is such a rare disease for horses that the vets didn't know how to treat it other than…Continue
I have to admit, the more I get into whole foods, the more I get out of whole foods. This community is one in which that probably sees the results in their horses first, but maybe the revolution started with themselves. So which came first, the…Continue
I started my journey into feeding whole foods to my horses, because I was confused and frustrated by the unbelievable number of different products, such as complete feeds as and additional vitamin and mineral supplementations.
Every week another catalogue comes through the mail with dozens of products promising to solve any type of equine problem. At the feed store there are numerous complete feeds (grains) to choose from – but which one would work for my horses?
Processed foods for humans, equines, felines and canines all employ the same basic ingredients to get us and our animals "hooked" on the food. These ingredients are Sugar, Salt, and Fat.
Food scientists have focused on not only getting processed food to taste good, but to get our brains and the brains of our animals to crave more of these foods. Because of course the more we crave the foods, the more we will buy, and the more the companies will sell. There is a whole…Continue
The beauty of a whole food diet is starting with what you have, and then sourcing as much as you can locally. Every area will differ pretty drastically as the same items may not be available nationwide, yet everyone has to start somewhere.
In terms of our horses, we all have to start with bulk of their diet which is forage, either some form of hay or pasture. If we're lucky, we have great pasture and ideal weather conditions to keep them maintained on that all year…Continue
While the benefits of feeding fats and oils to horses are now widely recognised, a thorough review of the literature will show that saturated oils such as coconut oil are more effective at exerting a positive influence on the horse than the unsaturated oils. Until now, saturated fats have only been available in the unpalatable, impractical form of animal fat (tallow), and as a result have been virtually ignored in the diet of horses, meaning many of the benefits available from high fat diets…Continue