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Homemade Meal Recipe for Horses

Reference: Sourced from a blog post written Marijke van de Water in

Very frequently clients ask me if there are any equine commercial feeds that are healthy and suitable for their horses. For convenience I wish it was possible to recommend an all-around commercial horse feed but every horse is so unique with so many different requirements that this is almost impossible to do. The other problem is the ingredient list: most commercial feeds are full of unhealthy products including poor quality oils, grains, sugars, molasses, fillers, binders, empty calories and by-products…it’s like trying to recommend a processed food program for people.

Nothing beats a home-made meal so here is a recipe for one that horses like and that they can enjoy frequently. It’s also a great vehicle for mixing in supplements. The quantities vary depending on the age, weight, lifestyle and exercise levels of your horses so use the following quantities as a guideline.

*Beet Pulp, always soaked – 1-2 cups

Wheat Bran – ½ – 1 cup

Wheat Germ – 1-2 Tablespoons

Alfalfa Pellets – 1-2 Tablespoons to ¼ cup – if necessary for increased performance

Happy Horse  or Happy Horse Senior – 1-2 Tablespoons

(Provides a plant-based source of all the trace minerals and vitamins in

a highly absorbable form to which added nutrients can be added as necessary.)

Fruits or vegetables – feed ¼ to ½ cup of any blend that your horses enjoy – e.g. apples, watermelon, peaches, plums, berries (all kinds), cauliflower, carrots, beet tops, peas, etc.

*Use soaked Soybean Hulls (1-2 cups) as a beet pulp alternative if necessary or for variety.

*Twice per year add Pro-Colon probiotics – ¼ tsp for 3 weeks. Riva’s Pro-Colon is specifically formulated for horses and refrigerated for maximum potency.


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