Horse Forage Blends Resources
A Blend for Every Horse
From the Champion in the Show Ring to the Champion in your Backyard…Lucerne Farms has the right horse forage blends for you and your horse
Forage is the cornerstone of the horse’s diet. The equine digestive system is designed to absorb the natural nutrients from forage, and the fiber in forage is vital for keeping the digestive tract healthy. Lucerne Farms provides fiber-first horse forage blends that suit horses of every age, energy level, nutritional need, and health challenge.
Ask the salesperson at your Local Dealer about Lucerne Farms. They’ll help you choose the horse forage blends that are right for your horse. Or contact us — we are always happy to help with feeding and nutritional questions.
Horses with Heaves
Horses suffering from respiratory problems and allergies associated with field-dried hay benefit by feeding our forage feeds. The high temperature drying process eliminates harmful mold spores that can lead to respiratory allergies (heaves), resulting in a chronic cough and decreased physical performance ability. Feeding your horse any one of Lucerne Farms high temperature dried forages will help prevent an allergic cough and keep his airways clear.
The Pleasure Horse
The horse evolved as a grazing animal, well adapted to eating high-quality forage (grasses and hay). Many mature pleasure horses can thrive on forage-only diets. The more nutritious the forage in a horse’s diet, the less he’ll need grain, concentrates, or supplements. Our forages are harvested early and high temperature dried, “locking in” the natural nutrition. Depending on your mature pleasure horse’s nutritional requirements, Lucerne Farms Forage Feed may be all he needs.
Breeding and Young-stock
Correct nutrition of the mare and foal is vital. The increase in the size of the foal during the later stages of pregnancy causes the mare’s digestive system to become “squashed”, resulting in a lack of appetite. Replacing some of the bulky hay ration with one of Lucerne Farms alfalfa-based forages will benefit both mare and her unborn foal. After foaling, continue to feed our forage during the mare’s lactation and the foal’s formative years as the forage foundation to build a feed program.
The Performance Horse
The training and competition schedule combined with transporting to and from events places the performance horse under a level of stress it would not normally encounter in the wild. Stabling and the need for high-energy intake have resulted in the feeding of large amounts of concentrates. A horse must receive at least 1.5-2% of his body weight in forage per day to maintain a healthy digestive system. By feeding one of Lucerne Farms alfalfa-based forages, the performance horse will benefit from receiving some of their energy intake in the form of forage. The alfalfa-based forage contributes a “slow-release” energy during exercise and competition providing a continuous source of energy for the working muscles.
The Senior Horse
Adequate chewing is the first step in the digestive process. As the horse ages, the digestive system becomes less effective because the teeth are worn. This can result in loss of body condition and weak bones. Older horses need highly digestible sources of protein and calcium to make up for these losses. Our short-chopped forage fills this need by making it easier to chew and digest than common long stem hay.