Managing the easy keeper is anything but easy.
The biggest challenge when feeding an easy keeper is meeting nutrient requirements without overfeeding calories.
Typical easy keeper’s diet
Hay alone, or hay and less-than-recommended amounts of concentrate
Typical easy keeper’s diet equals missing nutrients
Important Nutrients for Easy Keepers
Natural vitamin E
Supplementing your easy keeper’s diet with natural vitamin E can ensure he’s still receiving this critical vitamin normally found in fresh green grass.
Vitamin E Protects Against
- Muscle soreness and stiffness
- Poor immune response
- Neurological disease
Digestive Tract Support
Easy keepers can be at high risk for ulcers and hindgut upset. Nutrients that support a well-balanced digestive tract are essential to good health.
Ingredients for a healthy digestive tract
- Fermentation metabolites
- Gastric buffers
- Gastric coating agents
Omega-3 fatty acids
Easy keepers are often fed restricted diets that may be deficient in omgea-3 fatty acids. Including an omega-3 supplement is recommended to support reduced levels of inflammation.
Vitamins and minerals
Horses consuming a typical easy keeper’s diet will need a concentrated vitamin and mineral supplement to meet daily nutrient requirements.