Understanding your horse’s feed bag
Professor Jo-Anne Murray
PhD, MSc, PgDip, BSc (Hons), BHSII, RNutr, PFHEA University of Glasgow Veterinary School
Understanding what you are feeding your horse is important in ensuring you are providing the best for your horse. Interpreting a feed bag label can be challenging, European law dictates what can and what information must be written on your horse’s feed bag. Therefore, there is certain information that must be provided on the feed bag:
Some manufacturers may also provide the following information on the feed bag, although they are not legally obliged to do so:
- Other micro-minerals (also know known as trace elements) and whether they have been added or are naturally present in the feed.
- Other vitamins, and whether they are added or naturally present, along with how long they are viable for.
- The total sugar and starch content.
- Other information can also be added as long as it relates to factors that can be substantiated in measurable terms.
- Feed manufacturers are not permitted to claim that a feed can prevent, treat or cure a disease.