How long do you measure the success of horse tack or a horse feed in Nebraska? First, assure the feed you select is appropriate for your horse and that the guaranteed analysis is met with quality ingredients. Provide the feed for at least 45 days to allow it to work and evaluate how the feed works by using body condition scoring, body weight and skin/coat condition. If you need help, contact a trained equine nutritionist or ask your veterinarian.
In Nebraska, do you have a horse tack cleaning kit? Here are some items you will want to include: cleaning sponge, cloth towel, leather cleaner,leather conditioner, leather oil and darkening oil, Glycerine soap, bit wipes metal polish, toothbrush and a soft bristle brush. Does your horse feed in Nebraska contain enough roughage? Horses require fiber in their diet for the gut to function normally. The recommendation is that the diet contain no less than 1 percent of body weight of roughage such as hay or pasture. For example, a 1,100 pound horse requires at least 11 pounds of roughage. It also is important not to over feed grain. Too much grain not digested in the small intestine spills into the hindgut where microbes digest it rapidly. This produces large amounts of gas, acid, and endotoxin, all of which can cause discomfort, colic and, in some cases, laminitis.