Equine Wellness: Health and Nutrition with Jean Klosowicz, Superior Equine Health and Nutrition Inc.

Nutrition: Getting it Right in 3 Easy Steps! Equine nutrition

doesn’t have to be compli- cated but it has to be right on the ball. Without the basic foundation blocks in place for supplying the nu- trients horses need most, horse owners can expect poor performance, poor hoof and coat quality, and in some cases poor health. So here are 3 easy steps of the basics you need to know to keep you on track:

STEP 1: Some owners ran- domly choose supplements and various feed products without first looking at the quality of forage they are feeding their horses. “For- age is First” is the rule I al- ways recommend to follow as the initial step. This means taking a visual look and assessing your hay or pasture. The more leaves,

the more nutrient dense the forage is. However if the hay is stemmy and coarse, then it’s considered a late maturity hay, which will re- quire more supplements and feed to properly balance it. So always start with a good quality forage (no dust, mold or poisonous weeds).

But wait! That’s only half of it.... you have to get it ana- lyzed!

STEP 2: A visual test does not tell you how much or what nutrients are in the hay. But a hay analysis will, and for under $50, it’s well worth having it done. The

analysis will definitely tell you how good your hay is and if it is the right hay for your horse. For example, if your horse receives is exercised 3-5 hours per week, your horse will need a diet of around 10% crude protein, mostly coming from the forage; a late maturity grass hay can be as low as 6% crude protein. If you don’t do a forage analysis then basically you are “guessing” what your horse needs. You can easily over or under supple- ment your horse. Remember too that horses have specialized nutrient and feeding requirements. In this step, you balance your hay’s nutrient levels (using supplements, grains and/or horse feeds) to meet your horse’s re- quirements.

So you are probably wondering

“How do I know what my horse needs?” You can find that information in the NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses which publishes the mini- mum requirements for different classes and weights of horses. Or, you can purchase online feed balancing software to help you, such as “Feed My Horse” available at www.feedmy- . This is an easy to use pro- gram I developed for all horse owners. It provides graphs, tips, guidelines and a glossary to help you get your horse’s optimal nutrition plan in place quickly.

STEP 3: This is easy.... revise and as- sess. Every 2-4 weeks do a body con- dition score to monitor your horse’s

fat deposits, determining if you need to change the caloric intake (energy). And, with changing seasons or exer- cise levels, adjust feed, forage and feeding rates accordingly (this is all in the software by the way). Don’t forget that horses will have a different diet while on pasture compared to winter when hay is the main forage. Pastures will be covered in an upcoming arti- cle.

Have an equine nutrition ques-

tion? Send an email to superiore- and I will be happy to answer it in an upcoming article.

Cheers! Jean Klosowicz

Equine Nutrition Consultant Superior Equine Health and Nutri- tion Inc.

Bruce Mines, ON

All articles posted are for general

information purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of a vet- erinarian, or provide a diagnosis for your horse.

Distance Horse and Rider Development Program Awards for 2016

Congratulations to those who have reached

milestones and earned recognition in the DHRDP for best Graded performance of a horse in the 1st year of competition is Aristaborr o/r by Kristen Howard of.Woodstock Ont. Worthy recipient of the Mentors Award is

Deanna Ramsay, who, through good example and willingness to share her experience, has mentored and inspired many ‘new to the sport’riders The Award of Excellence 1st offered in 2013,

is a unique mileage program which rewards miles completed with Grade I (Perfect Score) Finishes, at 100,250 500 miles and every 500 thereafter

Cedric triolet European Show Jumping Coach Is Returning to Canada In 2017!

Along with his own international success as a rider Cedric has over 20 years’ experience as a coach, course designer, Chef D’Equipe, FEI Tutor and the list goes on… most recently one of Cedric's riders from Kuwait has qualified for the World Equestrian Games at the Qatar CSI 5* Horse Show. With a vast experience coaching children and amateurs to Grand Prix International riders, Cedric clinics give horse and rider confidence at level 1.0m through 1.60m. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and improve as a rider working with an international coach.

Due to overwheming demand from last years clinics Cedric has agreed to come for 4 weeks to the Ontario GTA and surrounding areas in the months of June and July 2017!

If you are interested in participating in a Cedric Clinic and would like more info or you are interested in hosting a Cedric Clinic at your facility please contact us at

The first rider to reach (and pass) the 500 mile plateau is Linda Klarner, followed by Lesley Danko and Sue Timbers. Cathy Dales, Dagmar Downes, Solstice Pecile and Michele Watling have passed the 250 mile mark and Heather Pople, Deanna Ramsay, Kelly Cobyn, Hailey Crockett, Riuth Sturley, Mike Downing, Diane Willis, Lysane Cree and Elaine Steele have 100 + miles of Perfect Scores to their credit. The DHRDP offers progressive rewards to

horses and riders as they gain in experience and fitness, with a goal of success and longevity at home, and national and international competition.

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