Grain Complement

Mixing Lucerne Farms forage at a 3:1 ratio with grain can help increase digestibility and performance of grain and supplements, making sure your horse’s digestive process gets off to a running start.

Here are the Benefits…

Saliva Production

Horses produce double the amount of saliva when they chew forage versus grain. Saliva is 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
  • Improved digestion and absorption of feed

Longer Chew

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 produces 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
  • Eases behavioral issues that stem from hunger

Fewer Dental Issues

Horses change the way they chew depending on the form of their feed. There are a lot of movements involved in a horse’s 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 have a more extended chew, which is why pasture-fed horses have fewer dental problems.

What This Means for Your Horse

  • Less quidding
  • Fewer behavioral issues caused by discomfort and uneven wear in the mouth
  • Lower chances of dental issues with regular checkups