Behaviour while eating
When talking about the feed for horses, it is usually the right pellet, muesli or cereal mix and the composition of the feeds or the optimal ratio between several of these products. Hardly any attention is paid to the impact of the roughage.
The importance of the correct roughage is underestimated by most people. The bulk of the ration should consist of roughage, such as grass, hay, lucerne or silage. The physiology of a horse is set to eat all day snack foods.
In nature, a horse is busy grazing and moving around 14-16 hours a day. The gastrointestinal tract is set to process small amounts of fiber-rich food throughout the day.
In the modern situation, a horse is only eating during 6-8 hours a day. Try to create as natural a situation as possible for your horse by constantly giving up on roughage.
Sufficient roughage is essential as it causes good digestion. The optimal ratio between roughage and concentrate is at least 60% of the ration derived from roughage. A horse being trained will in most cases not get a "hay bite". Always carry enough roughage. Hartog's high-quality roughage is carefully assembled. Hartog horse feed provides better digestion and contains all the essential building materials that your animal needs.