Feeding the Senior Horse

One of the most rewarding calls I receive is for senior horses.  There is nothing that brings as much personal fulfilment as putting together a feeding program for a retired lesson horse that has spent the past 20 years carrying students.  Think about the book that lesson horse could write or how many champion riders started on her back. Seniors deserve special treatment because most Read more…

Choosing the Right Horse Feed

People often ask me “What is the best horse feed?”. My answer is always, “That depends on the horse.” The good news is that there are many great feeds to choose from to feed our horses. The bad new is that there are so many choices choosing the right feed can be confusing. Making the wrong feed selection can deliver less than the expected results. Read more…

The Three Types of Commercial Horse Feeds

One of the things that makes commercial feeds so confusing is a lack of understanding of the three basic categories of feed offered. The biggest problem with commercial feed is that it is often improperly used because there is a basic lack of understanding on which feed does what. Before we jump into the different types of feeds let me remind everyone that the first, Read more…

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What Are Supplemental Probiotics Doing for Your Horse?

Probiotics are one of the largest revenue segments in the horse industry worldwide. Walk into any feed or tack store and more shelf space is dedicated to probiotics than any other supplement. Horse owners are pouring daily doses of supplemental probiotics into their horses by topping their feed or buying feed fortified with probiotics but is it really helping? Let’s look at some facts and Read more…

Feeding the “Hard Keeper”

The primary reason I started “Jim the Feed Guy” is that in every horse group I was a member of there were many people asking for help to add weight to a “hard keeper”. In less than ten minutes there were 326 comments all advocating throwing more fat and calories at the horse. Dozens of people proclaiming “miracles” seen from their favorite fat supplement and Read more…

The Many Uses of Ration Balancer

Ration balancers are one of the three classes of commercial horse feeds along with concentrated and complete.  Ration balancers are the most flexible of the three but cause a great deal of confusion among users because it is misunderstood so let’s see if we can’t clear up some of the myths and mystery of ration balancers. As the name suggests a ration balancer is designed Read more…

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The Truth Behind “Guaranteed NSC”

Because of the increase in diagnosed cases of metabolic conditions in horses NSC has taken center stage in marketing departments.  What is NSC and what role does it play are questions for their own posts since it’s a fairly complex subject.  This article will remain focused on what to look for when finding the right feed for a metabolic horse. Just about every major feed Read more…

Does Chromium in Feed Help IR Horses?

There art 9 million domestic horses in the United States and the competition for the many dollars available to support those animals is fierce.  There are hundreds if not thousands of feed companies all competing for those dollars and it is a challenge to compete with the two largest kids on the block so creative marketing is an effective and legitimate tool in tapping into Read more…