Knowing what the nutritional values are of your horses’ grass and hay, will help you identify if additional grass species or legumes may be beneficial to fill the gaps where the current feed sources are deficient.
AT JUST $55 – WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS TEST:
If your horse (weight/size dependent) consumes say 8kg a day of forage, you can calculate what value of minerals they obtain just from this source. This allows you to improve the pasture quality over time, and supplement feed with a quality bioavailable organic mineral supplement where necessary. Knowing if you have a significant shortfall will be your guide to know where nutrition is failing.
For example: a pasture analysis reporting Copper at 6.8% for a horse consuming 8kg of grass would supply a low 54.4mg. A 500kg horse needs a minimum of between 100-125mg of CU a day depending on work load. Ideally a horse would benefit from even more than this for optimal hoof and coat quality. Additional supplementation would be necessary for this mineral alone.
A common problem in Australia is excess levels of iron in grasses/hay and common feed stuffs. A recent pasture analysis in NSW came back with iron at 107mg/kg. Meaning a horse consuming 8kg uptakes a whopping 856mg a day! High iron intake suppresses zinc and copper absorption. Horses in Australia likely require much higher copper and zinc inputs to counter balance the ratio dependent absorption rates from the excess iron. It is worth ensuring no additional iron is supplied in any feed supplements if the grass or hay is high in Iron (read all feed labels carefully).
Sending in a sample of as little as 100grams of grass or hay can provide you with the benchmark of your horse’s main forage intake.
Why use The Nude Horse for your grass and hay testing? The Nude Horse works with EAL Laboratory at Southern Cross University with a team of expert professionals to give your the most accurate and comprehensive test results, providing you with Austraian benchmarking averages to compare your grass and hay against to see where deficiencies may be.