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Our babies ... Horses are distinguished by temperament, size and life stage when it comes to health care, nutrition, breeding and activity.
And they’re loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament:
Spirited “hot bloods” with speed and endurance.
“Cold blood” like draft horses and some ponies suitable for slow, heavy work.
“Warmbloods” developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes.
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The size of horses varies between breed, but also is influenced by nutrition:
- Light riding horses usually range in height from 14 to 16 hands and can weigh from 840 to 1200 lbs. (380 kg to 550 kg).
- Larger riding horses usually range in height from 15.2 to 17 hands and can weigh from
1,100 to 1,300 lbs. (500 kg to 600 kg).
- Heavy or draft horses are usually at least 16 to 18 hands and can weigh from about 1,500 to 2,200 lbs. (700 kg to 1,000 kg).
Using the life stages of the horse ensures each horse gets the correct nutrients in the correct amounts so they don’t start developing health issues.
The National Research Council (NRC) was the first to separate horse nutrition by these life stages.
Instead of basing all nutrition on one horse they based on it many different horses, they recognized not all horses are the same. The individual life stages also highlight those specific growth, breeding, health risks and injuries that occur during these times.
Certain horse life stages have increased nutritional needs. Doesn’t it make sense that ... Growing Foal, Maintenance Horse, Performance Horse, Breeding Stallion, Lactating Mare, Pregnant Mare, and Senior Horse all have different nutritional requirements?
Some health risks specific to each life stage are:
- Your growing foal and young horse are at risk to develop orthopedic diseases like physitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), angular limb deformities and flexural limb deformities if not provided with higher nutrients to support bone, joint and muscle growth.
- Your performance horse is at risk to develop bone, joint and muscle injuries from rigorous training and competition if not provided with the right nutrients at the right time to support their body and overall stamina.
- Your senior horse is at risk of losing condition and developing illnesses; cushing’s & laminitis if not provided with increased nutrients to maintain condition and good health brought on by old age.
- Your pregnant mare and nursing mare can put their babies at risk for developing prenatal diseases, illnesses, poor growth, and bone deformities without the proper nutrition.
- Your breeding stallion is at risk to developing muscle and joint problems from the increased stress on his body during breeding season. This is the time to increase nutrients to help prevent his body from physically breaking down.
- Your adult inactive horse is at risk of becoming obese causing different metabolic diseases like Laminitis, Cushing’s and Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Making sure they have the right nutrients without the added calories will keep them healthy and lean.
Horse Moms organic All-In-One supplements look at your horse’s specific life stage so they have better health, stable growth, enhanced breeding and performance.
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