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  Horse Feed Year  
  Do's Dont's  
Spring Decide what to feed for the active season ahead. In early season work don't increase the level of work too sharply.  
If the horse is stabled make sure you have a good supply of forage. Don't cut the forage back too far as the hard feed increases.  
Choose hard feeds plus added extras (supplements) according to workload. Don't allow horses or ponies prone to laminitis too much spring grass.  
 
Summer Watch out for changes in temperament and adjust feed accordingly. Don't forget electrolytes when working and travelling.  
Monitor the quality of the grazing. Don't automatically blame the feed when something goes wrong, check other factors ; change in management even if only for one day may cause an upset in the animal.  
Choose winter forage, look for good quality.  
 
Autumn Find an autumn flush of grass growth that may cause laminitis or a change in behaviour. Don't make sudden changes in the diet, for example adding large ammounts of a conditioning feel all at once to a horse that has lost condition.  
   
Grass growth slows down so its nutrients deteriorate, add extra hay to the feed. Don't feed poor quality forages.  
 
Winter DRemembe thath haylage is 40% water and a greater volume needs to be fed to supply the same weight of nutrients as hay. Don't limit haylage intakes.  
Don't forget electrolytes when working or travelling.  
Feed according to work done. Don't forget micronutrient intakes in horses not in work.