Feeding horses correctly

With the Ruhland Feeds for horses, you can make your choice from a well thought out and sensible range of products. The range of our products is clear and based on the practical principles of good horsemanship. We want to give you the certainty that you can feed your horse in a healthy and balanced manner, whatever the situation might be. If the horse owner observes some basic rules of horse feeding, the issue of feeding is no problem. With the Ruhland Feeds, you prevent nutritional deficiencies and maintain the vitality and power of your horse. The feed is adapted to the natural requirements of the horses and very tasty. Continuous quality control guarantees a consistently high level of nutrients in the diet. This is something that not only benefits the breeders, trainers and instructors who are already using our food concepts but all horse owners who want only the best for their horses.
When changing the diet of your horse, there are some rules to follow, which you can read about below. The well-being of your horse is important to us. We assist you in selecting the appropriate type of food, advise you in selecting the correct feed product and assist you with practical advice on the process of feeding horses. We are happy to provide information about a dealer near you.

Andreas Ruhland

Feed Change

Any feed change should be done slowly!
Why is this important? Horses have many important gut bacteria in the gut, which ensure a smooth digestion. A sudden change of feed can change the conditions in the gut and interfere with the bacteria so that they no longer fulfill their tasks. Fermentation problems can easily lead to discomfort, performance loss and even to colic; all of which is avoidable by a slow change of your horse‘s diet. Our advice: Start with a new type of food by gradually adding it to your old horse feed. Start early and plan a period from 7-14 days for the feed changeover.
Aim for a good balance of roughage and grains.

Roughage

In practice, there is often too little roughage (hay / haylage and straw) being fed, with too high amounts of grains. The rule of thumb is: 1.5 kg hay per 100 kg body weight. A 500 kg horse, hence, should get at least 7.5 kg of hay divided into several portions.The amounts can be adjusted according to age, breed and individual need.

The Horse's Stomache

Horses have a small stomach. In this relatively small stomach, only small amounts of digestive juices are produced. Large quantity of grains cannot be optimally digested by the horse. 3-4 smaller meals, divided throughout the day, are ideal. This is how horses eat when in their natural environment.

The Amount

Always weigh your feed to start with and do not not feed by volume, for example, by a liter measure or feed scoop. Different feeds have different bulk densities. A scoop of pellets has twice as much weight as a scoop of rolled oats. Check the weight of your horse!
Weigh / measure your horse every 6 weeks and adjust the feed volumes to the result. This will allow you some fine-tuning. The hard feed should always be adjusted to the needs of the current workload of the horse. On resting days, the hard feed volume should be reduced.
Always orient yourself on the actual performance, not the planned performance for the future.

Further Tips

  • Have the teeth of your horse checked regularly. The better your horse can chew, the better it can use its food.

  • Observe your horse: eating wood, licking walls, eating soil are indications for deficiencies in the mineral area.

  • Have a regular blood count done by a veterinarian.

  • Deworm several times a year.

Recommendations for Breeding

Our feed supplies your mares with high-quality nutrients (proteins), calcium and micronutrients. This promotes a healthy balanced development of the foal while still in the womb of the mare. The well-fed mare retains vitality during the lactation period and is ready for further insemination. For the little ones, a balanced diet is the best start into a long and successful horse life.
6 weeks before and up to 6 weeks after insemination, add some beta carotene to the diet of your broodmares. This promotes the fertility and the cycle of the mare.