You would think with the availability of pasture in the summertime that horses would get fat and sleek just grazing. But, that's not always the case. Summer means heat that's hard to handle, bugs that don't stop bugging and pastures that dry out and run out. Your horse may need a little extra help to stay in good condition. I've noticed in the past few weeks, that even Trillium, who really needs to lose weight has done just that, with little aid from us. The heat can be stressful and biting insects cause horses to be constantly on the move, burning more calories than you'd expect.
Is your horse losing weight and looking a bit run down in the summer heat? Here's how to feed grains and supplements for extra calories, choose, store and feed round bales, and some recipes for home made insect sprays that might help quell all that stamping and pacing.
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