There has always been something soothing about horses. The way they stand, the way they walk, and even the way they eat! All their movements translate into one word, and that is “zen.”
Horses, in the animal kingdom, are the epitome of both grace and serenity. That’s why it really doesn’t come as a surprise why horses have always been the animal of choice amongst many kings and queens.
Just take a look at this beautiful horse, for example. There is nothing more relaxing than watching and listening to a horse munch away on its hay when everything else is quiet.
It truly lets you forget about all the stresses of the world for a while!
Did you know that horses eat a lot? Let’s take a quick review of horse eating habits here.
How Much Do Horses Eat?
Horses are designed to eat for most of the day and need to eat little and often.
It is recommended that a horse consume 1.5 to 2% of its body weight in roughage a day. (1) This should consist mainly of good quality hay and grass.
What Do Horses Eat?
Horses require a huge amount of roughage in their diet. (2) The majority should be hay or grass to ensure the best digestive health. Grains should be used only when a horse needs a bit extra.
Horses just love to eat! As you see in the video, this horse is thoroughly enjoying his hay!
Water Is Also Important
Besides hay, horses also drink a lot of water. The majority do and should drink between 5 to 10 gallons of water a day.
Horses need free choice access to water 24/7. It should be kept clean and fresh for their health. Also, many horses will not drink if the water is not fresh or dirty.
I hope this video has given you a little bit of zen.
Horses are such incredible animals. No matter what they do, they will always be a marvel to look at.
1. How to Feed a Horse: Understanding the Basic Principles of Horse Nutrition | UGA Cooperative Extension [Internet]. extension.uga.edu. Available from: https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1355
2. The rules of feeding your horse [Internet]. The Humane Society of the United States. 2019. Available from: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/rules-feeding-your-horse
Bryanna is a 23-year-old Florida-based Grade 1 Para-dressage rider based in Florida and she has been riding for 5 years. Horses are her passion and her ultimate goal is to be selected for the US Para-Equestrian Team and represent the US at the Paralympics. She rides at Quantum Leap Farm and Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center and her equine partners are Shane, an American Paint Horse, and Cappy a Welsh x Thoroughbred. When she is not helping at the barn, riding, or training, she is learning about horses, writing articles about them, and using her social media platforms to raise awareness for therapeutic riding and para-equestrianism, shares her journey, and advocates for greater inclusion of para-equestrian in the media and equestrian sport at large.
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