Equine Advice: Nutrients: How Much?


Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about the nutrients horses need and how much they need.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning. 

Water: the average equine needs 5-10 gallons per day.

Protein: should be 8 to 15% of a horse’s daily diet.

Minerals: 2 – 3% of a horse’s diet.

Vitamins: 1% of a horse’s dietary needs.

Energy:  Energy is not actually a nutrient.  However, there are many energy-producing nutrients including carbohydrates, fat, starch, sugar and fiber.  These should make up 80-90% of a horse’s daily nutrition.


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