For those whose horses live outside, do you add any supplements to their diet because of this? Extra bug or electrolyte protection or anything? And any specific recommendations? My new horse is my first who will live outside (his preference!) Any thoughts appreciated - thanks!
I would think a horse that needs electrolytes needs them because of his workload, not because of that fact that he lives in or out. For bug protection, fly sheets, fly masks, and fly spray always seem to work better than "bug protection" supplements, which I'm convinced do little more than stink like garlic. Actually, most horses prefer a run-in shed during the heat of the day and buggiest times of the day. I think that would make them more comfortable than any supplements.
Usually it's a good idea to try to minimize the number of supplements you are feeding an outside horse, due to the risk of pasture buddies eating your expensive supplements instead of your horse eating them.
All 11 horses here are out 24/7 and none are on supplements because of pasture. If you think about it, keeping them outdoors is much closer to what a horse "needs" than keeping them in a stall with more grain and hay.
Sorry- I also meant to mention that the pasture he's in really has very little grass, but free-choice hay, and he also is a big draft that only gets half a scoop of grain per feeding. I wonder if he's getting enough of the vitamins/minerals too.
But I am also pretty sure I am just being an overly concerned mama bear