WHAT IS A PRIMARY RISK FACTOR FOR DIGESTIVE UPSET IN HORSES?

Performance Horse Nutrition

One of the primary risk factors associated with digestive upset is dietary change.

All diet changes should be made gradually over a 2 to 3 week period. This time frame gives the microorganisms in the digestive system time to adjust to the new feed.

When making a change start replacing no more than 250 grams per day of the old feed with the new feed – each day increase the new feed and decrease the old feed until  you have reached 100% new feed. Introducing horses to pasture should also be done gradually over a 2 week period.

Time spent on pasture should be no more than 1 hour per day for the first week of exposure.