Nutritional Analysis and Consultation Service
Your horse’s daily nutritional intake is an essential part of their management. Choosing the right type of feed, in the right combination, to truly suit your horse's needs can be extremely challenging.

Colts Head Veterinary Services now offers an evaluation of your horse(s) diet through an analysis of the different components in your feeding program. During the on-farm visit we will:
  1. Evaluate Forage (hay and/or pasture): This is the largest and most important component of your horse’s diet. Samples of your hay and/or pasture will be collected during our visit. These samples are then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

    The most important components of hay (or pasture) are:
    • Crude Protein: Protein is required on a daily basis for growth, maintenance, lactation and reproduction
    • Neutral and Acid Detergent Fiber content: These measurements tell us how digestible the hay is. The higher these numbers are, the lower the digestibility of your hay.
    • Carbohydrates: Represents the amount of energy (starch) and other forms of carbohydrates in the hay. Higher values may be unsafe for horses with metabolic disease.
    • Minerals: Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and zinc are just some of the minerals we consider important in a horse’s diet.
    • Vitamins: Vitamins A, D, and E are all components in hay that horses need to stay healthy.

    Depending on the amount of hay bales in your supply, we will typically sample 5-10 bales of hay. For pasture analysis, a representative sample of grass clippings can be collected based on acreage and land use.

  2. Evaluation of your grain and supplements: The type and amount of grain you are currently feeding will be assessed by feed tag information and weight. Lab analysis of your grain is also available through the lab upon request.
Interpretation of analysis results once received back from the lab, combined with an overall assessment of your horse(s) health, will allow us to make recommendations for a safe, healthy, and economical feeding protocol.

Please contact the office if you wish to make an appointment for an on-farm consultation.