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What do horses eat?

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Horses are grazing animals and forage feed (mostly grasses) is necessary for the proper functioning of their digestive system, as it is their most natural diet.

Horses should be fed at regular times and should be given a few hours between a hard feed and carrying out strenuous exercise.

Water should always be available to both the grass-kept and stabled horse or pony, and it is particularly important that it is available prior to feeding.

Foods horses eat:

* Apples and carrots - they are relished by most horses

* Barley - this should be boiled or soaked for at least two hours before feeding as it swells when wet, which prevents it swelling in the horses stomach which can cause problems. It can be fed dry if rolled and crushed first, and is good for older horses

* Bran - is easily digested

* Chaff - adds bulk to food and prevents the horse from bolting down its good too quickly

* Cod Liver Oil - is a useful supplement to help build up resistance to disease

* Eggs - these are a good source of protein and one or two fed daily can be useful to a hard-working horse

* Horse nuts or mixes - these are specially prepared foods, comprising many of the basic feeds, there are different types designed to meet the nutritional needs of various horses with different exercising routines

* Linseed - is high in protein and only a handful should be fed with a feed. It is poisonous raw so MUST be cooked first

* Maize - this should be flaked and cooked to make it easier to digest

* Molichaff or Mollichop - is a mixture of chaff and molasses, used to add bulk to the food and the molasses makes it more appetising

* Oats - they are easily digested if fed crushed, rolled or cooked. They are a high energy food and excessive feeding of oats can cause exuberance in some horses

* Root vegetables - such as beetroot, carrots, parsnips, swedes and turnips can be fed but in small quantities. They should be cut into strips, rather than round pieces as they can become lodged in the throat. Shredded vegetables are also avoided by worms.

* Salt - fed in small quantities in the feed helps to aid digestion

* Seaweed - is good for young horses

Other foods: alfalfa, oat hay, barley, maize, dried sugar beet pulp.

There are three basic types of grain: Sweet feed, Pellet, and Senior Feed.

If you feed hay, check for white or black patches, and smell it to see if it smells stale or stagnant. Don't feed fermenting hay to your horse.

Be sure to check with a vet, your instructor, or a horse expert if you're not sure about the feed your horses is being given.

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Wild horses eat grass and other plants.

They drink water from seeps,springs,streams and lakes.

Adults eat about 5 to 6 pounds of plant food each day.

Each band of horses had a lead female called a mare.

The horse is one of two extant sub species eques ferns.

It is a odd - toed in gullet belonging to the taxonomic family equidae .

The horse has evolved over the past 45 to55 million years from a small multi-toed creature. Eohippus into the large single-toed animal of toaday

Horses are beautiful creatures.

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Wild horses eat grass and other plants .

They drink water from springs,streams,seeps or lakes .

Adults eat about 5 to 6 pounds of plant food each day.

Each brand of horse had a lead female called mare .

The horse is one of two extant sub species eques ferus .

It is a odd -toad

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Apples

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Mostly grass

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