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By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS
Mar 3, 2017
Decipher fact vs. fiction when it comes to the complicated world of feeding horses.
Haven’t you heard that feeding a hot bran mash will help prevent colic in the winter?” Horse owners pass feed fallacies such as this down the barn aisle on a daily basis. Nutrition is one of the most difficult aspects of horse management to understand, so it’s no wonder that forage and other fodder falsehoods sprout and take root, becoming accepted as conventional wisdom. Without getting a master’s or doctorate degree in equine nutrition, how do you decipher fact vs. fiction? Here we’ll help you bust some common myths about feeding horses.
Myth 1: Horses have “nutritional wisdom” and will seek out nutrients to meet their needs
“I recently started noticing my horse licking the dirt out in the pasture. Could he be missing important nutrients in his diet?”
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