Horses are grazing animals and forage feed is necessary for the proper functioning of their digestive system as it is the horse's most natural diet. A horse usually consumes about 2% or more of their body weight in feed each day although an individual horse's nutritional requirement will vary depending on their age, weight and activity. Ideally at least half, preferably all, of a horse's daily feed should be made up of forage feed. As forage feed is such an important factor in any horse's diet consideration should always be to quality providing the highest quality forage feed available.
Mature horses who perform little or no work may be fed on good quality fortage alone with no need to supplement their diet with any other feed. Horses kept at grass may require only supplemental forage feed during the winter. However, working horses, stabled horses, growing or breeding horses may require additional feed.
Remembered that any horse having regular exercise and then rest days will require less feeding on the rest days to prevent Azoturia developing. Any sudden change in the type of feed or the time of feeding should be avoided.