Nutrition & Management



WHEN IT COMES TO GROWING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHY HOOVES on our horses, I believe in taking a holistic approach. While a balanced, physiologically correct trim is absolutely important – because by trimming hooves we are mimicking for our domestic horses the wear they would get if they moved many miles a day over abrasive terrain, such as the horses of the U.S. Great Basin do – the bottom line is that a proper trim isn’t enough on its own. We have to consider the bigger picture, and by that I mean our horses’ nutrition, their environment, and how much and what sort of movement they get. 

Nutrition & Management Resources


Pete Ramey
“Feeding the Hoof”

Carol Layton, Balanced Equine Nutrition
“The Art and Science of Feeding Horses”
“What Is a Balanced Diet?”
“Mineral Interactions”

Eleanor Kellon, VMD
“Hay Wars – Which Is Best?”
“Matching Feed to Activity Level”
“Alfalfa for Horses”
“Does Your Horse Need Grain?”
“Do Any Horses Benefit from Grain?”
“Do You Really Understand Protein?”

Kathryn Watts,
“What Feral Horses Eat”
“When Excess Carbs Create Problems in Horses”
Carbohydrates in Forage: What Is Safe Grass?”
“There Is Sugar in Grass and Hay”
For more articles by Kathryn Watts, head over to

Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association
“Testing for sugar/starch in feeds: glycemic carbs in hay and feed”


Balanced Equine, Carol Layton
The Naturally Healthy Horse
Equi-Analytical Laboratories
Soulful Equine

FOR SLOW FEED HAY NETS, I really like Hay Chix nets. But there are plenty of other ones out there, and it’s pretty easy to make your own. For my DIY nets, I like to get the netting from Hay Burners Equine, LLC. You can also get DIY netting from Hay Chix. When it comes to slow feeders, you are only limited by your imagination.