Problems with wrong feeding

Problems with wrong feeding

Maybe you recognise this…..

The feeling of making little progress with the development of your horse, recurring ailments, injuries or poor general condition and resistance, the cause of which is difficult to figure out. You may have never thought that unbalanced feeding can be one of the major causes. That's why HorseFoodie wants to show you the difference between feeding and nutrition for your horse or pony. Horses are not grazers, but collectors.

HorseFoodie likes to solve your problems by giving individual advice and a custom made herbal mix for the horse.

The needs or nutrient shortages of your horse are determined by a test with a biotensor. 

Simply the best! 

HorseFoodie completes the food for your horse or pony with the best natural products and has more than 50 different herbs in stock!

Herbs contain:

·       Vitamin

·       Minerals

·        Proteins

·        Fibers

·        Essential Oils

·        Antioxidants

·       Tanning extracts

·       Glycosides

·       Flavonoids

·       Bitter fabrics........ etc...


Each horse has different needs and therefore the "right" diet differs per horse. A horse should be able to eat roughage for at least 16 hours a day, and in that time it should ensure that it gets the recommended daily amount of building materials. This means that the horse always has to have hay (or haylage) at its disposal and take small careful bites, in order to be able to produce saliva. For example, you can use a slow feeder. This gives you the snack-step effect of a grazing horse in the wild.


In practice this often means "back to what it used to be", by feeding the horse with natural food sources such as, herbs, sufficient roughage (hay or haylage), vegetables and suitable grass (no rye grass). If necessary, they are complemented with additional supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, oil, vinegar and possibly a horse feed product suitable for your horse. The goal is to provide the horse with sufficient building materials to make the body healthy, balanced and energetic.

The products that HorseFoodie sells are produced for human and animal consumption and of course, this means, among other things, that no synthetic or genetically engineered products are used.

The symptoms

How can you determine if there is a nutrition issue , when your horse is not feeling well?

The following symptoms can arise when a horse has a nutrient deficiency:


·        Skinny or really fat ( bloated stomach )

·        Not creating muscles or fat

·        Bad fur and/or hooves

·        Drained or stressed

·        Not easy to train and acidified easily

·        Colic, diarrhoea or other intestinal issues

·        Often injured, cramped muscles or cramped and hard body

·        Swollen legs and oedema

·        Too much stomach acidity or ulcers, which causes sucking wind.

·        Or is your horse already really sick - think of eczema, allergies or even worse, laminitis, insulin resistance ( EMS ) or Cushing? 


These symptoms can indicate that your horse has a shortage of essential nutrients and therefore can not function properly. In severe cases we always recommend you to get advice from a vet! Usually “the right feeding” can be a solution, together with the right accommodation and training.

Then and now….

We have been conditioned by society  that in general it’s normal to feed horses concentrated food, grains, muesli or only (rye) grass. Have you ever questioned if this is normal?

What did the average horse eat 40 years ago, before the industry created concentrated food? Before there were green fields of (rye) grass without weeds and a high level of sugars and protein?

Because horses are collectors they ate different kinds of grasses, different kinds of weeds, herbs, roots, leaves and branches

In every season the horses would take what was available and would not eat the same thing every day. They would gather what they needed. One season it was a lot and the other season it was skimpy. The horse would eat all day long, allowing it to chew more and produce saliva, and not being fed a certain amount 2-6 times at rotation.


What do we feed the horse nowadays?

We hear more and more stories within the equestrian sport (also human???) about the influence of the most given power source, namely:

That the carbohydrates and starch of the cereals in the regular feed do not work as positively on the horse body as is thought. The horse has only a limited amount of enzymes in the body to be able to digest starch.

Most grains do not provide a better absorption, but bind essential vitamins and minerals to themselves, which then leave the body unused through the manure.

That there are types of pellets and feed that usually contain too many or wrong sugars, fats, proteins, starch and carbohydrates and that the vitamins in regular feed are often synthetic and therefore difficult to absorb for the horse.

That the ratios between minerals can be imbalanced, so that more than 50% of the horses have a magnesium deficiency.

That the tasty molasses used in many products is actually a residual product of sugar and that most sugars bring the horse’s sugar metabolism into disbalance.

That the corn that is often used in tasty looking muesli is so genetically manipulated, that it no longer offers the good nutrients or cannot be properly digested by the horse.

That often the swelling, crushing and chopping of food, the high heating of the products for  longer shelf life and the use of binding materials in the pellets, do not promote the digestion of the horse over time, partly because chewing lasts less longer.


And then the human tendency to give your horse more (bad) food when your horse already is not doing great…..

Summarising: a lot of pathologies, behavioural issues and injuries arise from feeding the wrong food. 

How does HorseFoodie work?

HorseFoodie measures the need for nutrients in the form of herbs and supplements for your horse individually, because each horse (or pony) is different in breed, age, sex, construction, use in equestrian sports and physical or mental problems. After the measurement, a herbal mix is made with the herbs chosen by the horse, complemented with supplements and an advice on extra nutrients to give. The way of keeping and training the horse also influences the digestive system and the well-being of the horse and is included in the advice. If you want to order a herbal mix for your horse, please register on this site and fill in all information about the horse so that we can measure it.

From feeding to nourishment and from grazer to collector, how does it work? 

You order a herbal mix by creating an account on this site. HorseFoodie measures your horse from a distance using the provided data. You will then receive a herbal mix from 300 to 600 grams for about five weeks and you give a recommended amount of 8 to 23 grams per day to your horse or pony. This advice also includes nutritional recommendations and a description of the striking aspects resulting from the measurement. Think of indications on excessive sugars or that a horse wants detoxifying strongly.


Giving your horse the herbal mix is a different way of feeding, instead it is now nourishing.

Horses do need to get used to this, because you are feeding less concentrated food, mueslis and such.

You are probably thinking: surely my horse needs these feeds, right??? Herbs in combination with enough and good quality roughage will take care of the right fermentation in your horse`s appendix and the horse will be able to maintain itself  by its “own production” of protein and fats taken from the roughage. 

This allows the horse to be in its natural element.

Because the horse is selecting its own herbs and supplements it becomes a collector again.

Measuring is knowing, the sequel

It is not useful to give a certain herbal mix for more than 6-8 weeks. It looses its strength/function because the horse will get used to it (the medicinal effect).

You will receive a herbal mix for about 5 weeks because out of experience, it seems that the horse will want another herb: every season they have different needs

If you prefer this way of feeding you can order a new mix every 5 weeks. The herbal mix will then be functioning as a maintenance to support your horse`s health and condition.