Feeding Lucerne Farms chopped forage in the feed bucket with grain and supplements can help ensure your horses digestive process gets off to a running start. Here’s why.
Horses produce double the amount of saliva when they chew forage versus grain. Saliva is essential an essential element for proper digestion. It helps moisten the feed to ease the passage from the mouth to the stomach, protects vital amino acids from the gastric acid in the stomach, and aids in the digestion of carbohydrates.
What this means for your horse: Less chance of choke and bolting of grain and improved digestion and absorption of feed.
Horses chew forage up to four times longer than grain. This increased chew time increases the time during the day a horse is eating. Because a horse’s stomach continuously produced gastric acid, it is important horses have access to forage every two to three hours. By increasing the time it takes to consume grain, you’re reducing the amount of time your horse spends hungry due to the continuous production of stomach acid.
What this means for your horse: Reduces the risk of injury to the upper portion of the stomach lining and eases behavioral issues that stem from hunger.
Horses change the way they chew depending on the form of their feed. There are a lot of movements involved in a horses chew and these movements change depending on what they are eating. When horses are chewing grain for example, the sweep of their jaw in shortened and doesn’t fully grind the outside of their teeth, which can lead to uneven tooth wear and dental issues. Horses chewing forage however, have a more extended chew, which is why pasture fed horses have fewer dental problems.
What this means for your horse: Combined with yearly dental checks, feeding Lucerne Farms forage mixed into your grain ration can help lower chances of dental issues, quidding, and behavioral issues caused by discomfort and uneven wear in the mouth.