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Horses feeding.

Horses feeding.

In Cavalls Wakan  horses base feeding, as live in freedom, is to eat grass as they move. Free access to clean, fresh water that is necessary for the optimal functioning of the intestinal tract and in addition to grass, hay.

Horses are herbivores with a bit bulky stomach and intestine very developed, ranging eating and moving most of the time, so your digestive system has adapted to drink plenty of grass spread throughout the day. Their staple food is or should be the grass, fresh grass or hay directly if there is no other. The herb has many vitamins and minerals, but does not have much nutritional value, and also this depends on the type of grass, soil where it grows, the season of the year ... So the horse spend many hours a day to eat, little by little but often. Your digestive system is ready to digest this high fiber, if they are given to eat once or twice a day, are hungry, eat quickly and there is the risk of colic.

In Cavalls Wakan, collect on our summer grass meadows at the optimum time to ensure maximum levels of nutrients as the maturity of the grass at the time of cut influences the final quality of the hay. This usually occurs in the same meadow where he has collected, so that horses and their digestive system, are already adapted to this type of grass and the ground. The hay is packed and stored to always keep all their quality until they be consumed.

Sometimes a horse may need an extra supply of energy, whether it works, being a mare pregnant or nursing, or growing foals. So given grain or finished feed. Horses digest the grain in the stomach and forage in the intestine, so when grain or feed is provided, should always be after the hay. So the horse is full and not drag the fodder grain to eat while slows the passage through the digestive tract, avoiding the risk of colic.

In Cavalls Wakan, when necessary to take a supplement of grain oat mixture into base of the highest quality, to have more fiber and less starch than other cereals, mixed with a little cracked corn that gives energy while also providing fiber. In winter sometimes add barley and grain husks .We usually mix it with crushed garlic, especially in summer and working with horses, as well as its antibiotic properties is a good repelling flies and other insectos.Siempre we give the soaked grain mix because it softens the shell of cereal and aids digestion within the grain.

We tailor the mix to each horse, alfalfa paste mixed with oats for growing foals that need more protein, sunflower oil mixed with grain for horses that need more fat thin, such as older horses before the start of the cold winter, or mix in chopped apples lactating mares.

In Cavalls Wakan horses always have mineral salt blocks that provide necessary electrolytes for the proper functioning of all the essential functions of the horse and also have micronutrients that are not on the grass or grain. The rock salt , most often provided, from Remolinos  salt mines  (Zaragoza), worked since antiquity for its high quality, and certainly much more natural than salt blocks manufactured.

Besides all our love, they often have an extra special treat such as carrots, apples or dried bread.

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