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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Forage Supplements

Read an article about cribbing and one of their ways to reduce was:
"....To reduce cribbing...
Provide companionship
Allow time to graze and roam
Train and handle consistently and intelligently
Feed less grain concentrate (consider using higher-fat rations)
Feed more roughages (consider using forage supplements)"

My question is what are forage supplements?

Where are you from? Ontario,3

How did you locate this forum? search

Re: Forage Supplements

Hi Shelly,

Forages are high fiber sources:
1. Hays – both grass (such as coastal, timothy, orchid, etc.) and legumes (such as alfafa, clover, and peanut hays).

2. Chaff – the outer hull layer of grains – high in fiber, but has little nutritional value.

3. Brans and beet pulp – high in fiber but also highly digestible, therefore provide energy (calories) without the risks of starchy grains.

When we speak of “forage supplements” we’re talking about forages other than hay. So, some examples of forage supplements would include:
* Alfalfa pellets or cubes,
* Haylage,
* Wheat or Rice Bran, and
* Beet pulp.

Thanks so much for the excellent question!

Dr. Getty