Of all the components that we consider in our horse's diets, protein may be the most misunderstood. While protein can serve as an energy source, most importantly protein provides amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of muscles and other soft tissues and need to be fed continually to support growth and repair.Horses of all ages require adequate amounts of protein for maintenance, growth, reproduction and work. Proteins aid in maintaining the structural tissues of the body and are also involved in metabolic stability by contributing to balance in the body's many enzymatic and hormonal functions.
Importance of Protein in Growing Horses
Frigid temperatures have many of us longing for the warm, sunny days of spring. For now, though, we simply turn up the heat and bundle up to stay warm. What about our horses? What can we do to make winter comfortable for our equine friends?
You may ask yourself from time-to-time, will my horse actually benefit from vitamin and mineral supplementation? The answer is most likely yes! Vitamins are required in small quantities in your horse's diet because most of them cannot be naturally synthesized or produced by your horse.
Is you senior horse receiving the nutrition he needs? Dr. Rob McCoy Ph.D., P.A.S., Vice President of Animal Nutrition here at Manna Pro, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about feeding older horses.
Ever have issues with your horse “tying-up”? You are not alone..tying-up is one of the most common muscle problems in horses. Unfortunately, it is not linked to a single disease, but rather a collection of clinical signs with countless causes. Common signs of tying-up include muscle stiffness and pain, sweating, and reluctance to move.
Most horse owners understand the basics of equine nutrition, however not all horses possess the “easy keeper” gene. Whether your horse's energy requirements have increased because of performance, age, pregnancy, or lactation, fat sources may be more beneficial and preferable over carbohydrate supplementation. Rice bran is one of the more affordable feed additives available on the market that helps provide calories via its high fat and nutritional contents. It may be just what you are looking for!