Feed horse according to his nutrition needs
To accurately calculate how much you need to feed your horse there are a few simple steps to follow so you are able to create a balanced diet.
STEP 1 - Calculate Bodyweight
Horses should consume about 1.5 - 2.5% of their bodyweight per day according to their condition and workload, so to find out how much you need to feed your horse the first step is to calculate your horse’s bodyweight. There are a number of ways in which you can do this including using a weigh tape or a horse weigher.
STEP 2 - Calculate Nutrition Requirements per day
Use our Horse Feed Calculator to determine exact nutrition needs.
STEP 3 - Calculate Rations per day
Now you know the total amount of feed your horse needs to be eating per day you need to work out what percent of this needs to be concentrate, and what percent forage bearing in mind your horses workload and condition. Use our Horse Feed Calculator to combine different feeds to meet your horse needs.
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The program complements the information provided in the "Nutrient Requirements of Horses" by performing some of the procedures needed to calculate requirements. This program is not intended to replace the "Nutrient Requirements of Horses" book, which contains important information about the many factors that can influence the derivation and application of nutrient requirements to various situations. Knowledge of nutrient constraints and limitations of the suggested equations and models is essential for the proper use of this program in determining the nutrient requirements of specific horses. Because of the many variables involved and judgments that must be made in choosing inputs and interpreting outputs, the NRC and HorseMath.com make no claim for the accuracy of this software in predicting the requirements for individual horses in specific situations. The user is solely responsible for the risk of use. Careful review of the information presented in the "Nutrient Requirements of Horses" will assist users in making appropriate judgments in the use of this program.
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