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What Does Your Horse Require to Be Healthy?

All mammals need the basics to survive: food, water, shelter, and warmth. But what do horses specifically need to not just survive, but to be healthy?
1. Exercise

What Horses Need:
– space to roam, a horse is meant to walk for approximately 20 hours per day

What Could Happen If this Need is Not Met:
– unhealthy joints: stiff, painful, swollen
– mental issues
– behavioral issues
– being confined to a small area can lead to stress and eventually ulcers as well as weight gain
– when a horse suffers from joint issues and obesity, often times this leads to laminitis, an inflammation of the hooves, making walking extremely difficult

2. Healthy Diet

What Horses Need:
– a whole, organic diet (this can be challenging to find, can substitute with non-GMO oat and barley as a second option, if need be)

What Could Happen If this Need is Not Met:
– most horse feed is high in sugar and uses genetically modified foods, both can lead to a number of health issues as the nutritional needs of the horse will not be met, inflammation in the gut is a huge issue for many horses
– find hay that is not sprayed, pesticides and herbicides can get into the horses body and create a build up of toxicity
– weight gain which can lead to obesity, joint issues and eventually laminitis

Concerned about the nutritional health of your horse? Concerned that they may suffer from joint issues, digestive issues, or have a heavy toxic load? For more information, contact PetMedella at 612-812-9121 or email us at