You want your horse to be as healthy as possible.
Equine nutrition is an essential part of that. The
quality of food a horse eats is reflected in his performance,
appearance and demeanor. However, much of what horses
are fed nowadays has been roasted, steamed, extruded
(pressure cooked) and force dried. Through processing,
beneficial enzymes and bacteria are destroyed.
Cuts of hay, meanwhile, can be inconsistent depending on
climate conditions, harvest and supplier, and hay intake
depends on the digestibility of the forage. A horse may
feel full even if the forage is inferior; but if it is not quickly
passed, it actually inhibits nutrient absorption because he
does not continue to eat.
To get back to a natural, effective feeding program, you
need to give your horse live green food.
Creating a natural diet
A horse’s digestive system utilizes small quantities of food
eaten over long periods. In the wild, horses are migratory.
They graze a little, walk a little, graze a little, walk a
little. While they are walking, they are also digesting.
This process is difficult to simulate with domesticated
horses because they are generally fed large portions of
hay morning and evening.
What if your horse had a pasture of fresh homegrown
sprouts to graze on throughout the day? This green
food would be packed with vitamins, minerals and
enzymes and formulated to be naturally balanced and
highly nutritious. This is where hydroponic farming
A new feeding system offers livestock owners “acres in
a box”. It uses a portable hydroponic biomass chamber
to force-sprout dry grains and seeds such as barley, flax,
soy and wheat. Two quarts of seed produce a 15-pound
mat of fresh sprouts called a “biscuit”. There is no dirt,
herbicides or pesticides. The setup promises “seed to feed in six days”. It also promises
increased vitality, reduced recovery
time after work, anti-inflammatory
properties, no ulcers, colic or
laminitis, and improvements in
behavior, appearance and coat gloss
as well as stronger hooves.
Three case studies
In January 2010, a 90-day Equine
Observational Study was done at
Fieldstone Riding Club, a show
barn in Moorpark, California, using
Fodder Solutions green feed. Three
performance horses were fed barley
and flax seed sprout biscuits. Each
horse was chosen because of various
infirmities. The chosen horses also
represented a cross-section of breeds.
1 Rubicon is a 14-year-old Oldenburg
jumper. He had been a
champion performance horse
but his jumping career was over. He had
acute ringbone in both front hooves,
sore feet, swollen legs, an old suspensory
injury, anemia and arthritis. He
had not been in training for months.
2 Dixie is a Quarter horse mare.
She had a hormone imbalance
that was making her mean and
extremely aggressive toward other
horses. She was not on hormone therapy.
She had been nerved in the front
hooves three years before because of
navicular. Now, inflamed neuromas
were causing lameness. She also had
a tendency toward obesity.
3 Pippin is a ten-year-old Thoroughbred
gelding. He had ulcers,
a bad attitude and could not
gain weight. He was sulky under saddle,
his ears were constantly pinned and
he did not get along with his neighbors
in the barn.
All three horses were taken off their
regular feed regimen of orchard
grass and alfalfa hay. Additional
supplements of rice bran, senior
pellets, oats and molasses, coat and
hoof conditioners were also stopped.
The only supplement they were
allowed was a trace mineral block.
The feeding program involved half a
barley and flax seed sprout biscuit in
the morning and half a biscuit in the
evening. With that the horses were
given a ten-pound flake of oat hay.
The philosophy behind this was to
simulate grazing. The horses would
eat the biscuit as a main course and
graze on the forage hay until their
next feeding. This made them salivate
more, creating more beneficial flora
in their intestines and better nutrient
absorption. It also made the horses
feel full. Once ingested, the seed
husks worked on the intestinal tract
in the same manner as psyllium, and
the water-soaked root mat provided
good fiber and hydration.
A veterinarian monitored the horses’ progress throughout the study, and blood
tests were performed every 30 days.
Back to wellness
Within the first 30 days, all the
horses in the study showed a
marked improvement, especially in
their hooves. Their coats acquired
a blush and started to dapple. They
had more energy without being
crazy. None showed any difficulty
adjusting to the fresh food.
1 For Rubicon, the green sprouts were like water to dry
land. Within the first two weeks, he became active and
energetic. The light returned to his eyes. Always a smart
horse, he turned into a prankster. The ringbone cooled off. The
soreness in his hooves and the swelling in his front legs were
gone. Within 60 days, his anemia was resolved without medication.
His muscle mass increased by four inches. He started back
in full training. At 90 days on the biscuits, Rubicon had found his
form again and was happily jumping a three-foot course.
2 Dixie’s sore hooves stopped hurting within the first month.
Within two months, there was no evidence of lameness
from inflamed neuromas. She immediately started to lose
weight without sacrificing endurance. She portrayed a good attitude
toward work. Her bucking fits during lessons and her inclination
to attack other horses were gone. By the end of the study,
she was sleek, calm and sound.
3 Pippin’s ulcers diminished within 60 days. He was given
no medication. Stimulating the salivation process did exactly
what it was supposed to do. Pippin had no symptoms
of any gastrointestinal problems. Gone was his malaise
toward work. His ears went up. He became bright, attentive,
energetic and even started to get along with his neighbors. While
he initially dropped weight, he quickly started putting it back
on. After 90 days on fresh sprouts, he was well toned and exhibited
a higher level of performance and endurance.
This study clearly shows that your horse becomes what you
feed him. A natural diet of fresh sprouts offers greater health
benefits than any combination of processed or dried feeds.
Equine nutrition can seem complex, but when it is broken
down into a fundamental, natural way of feeding, the results
can be amazing.