Feeding Our Horses - Does food matter? More tha...

Feeding Our Horses - Does food matter? More than we can imagine.

Feeding Our Horses - Does food matter? More than we can imagine.

"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
 When diet is right, medicine is of no need."

 Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb

A quote from a post on the HHO forum that I read a few years back:
"I worked for a feed company for a couple of years. We were encouraged to sell their feed of course and diss other brands.  What went into them was whatever was cheap and laced with molasses, add a few aromatic herbs and Bob's your uncle, top spec feed.  I don't do that anymore."

I'm now going to show my age.  How many of us (are old enough to!) remember back to the 60's/70's?  I know there's many of us out there based on the volume of comments I get from so many of my clients saying that back in the day, didn't things seem so much simpler.  I seem to remember that the world was so much sunnier as well, but that may just be that I have so many memories of brilliant sunny days with the ponies.

Anyhow, many moons ago, back in the late 1960's, I was a pony-mad teen helping out at the local riding school at weekends.  I was so lucky - I lived in the glorious Surrey Hills countryside, and you couldn't ask for better riding country.  After a long weekend of helping taking rides out over Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill, every Sunday evening we'd turn the ponies out onto endless acres of lush meadow grass, where they'd gorge themselves silly for a week until the following Saturday morning, when us teen helpers would bring them all back in again for the weekend's lessons.

Not once was there a hint of footiness or lameness; not one of those ponies was ever unsound in any way.  And as for laminitis, let alone IR/EMS/Cushings, or the all-too-common practice today of having to keep our horses off the grass … these were all words and labels we'd never heard of back then. Those truly were the days.

So could today's horse feed industry have something to do with it?  Hmmm, food for thought, maybe ...