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hello ma'am, what fodder and forage to feed horses that are likely to suffer from bleeding and breathing problems?

Hello Rohit,

Thank you for your question.  Bleeding in horses (bleeding from nose) is seldom caused by feed or nutrition, but rather is caused by a variety of medical conditions.  There is little you can do from a nutrition standpoint to remedy bleeding in racehorses.  

Breathing disorders, strained or restricted respiration, can be a function of feed quality where dusty and/or moldy feeds can cause the heaves or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  The damage done to the respiratory tract by dusty or moldy feeds is irreversible and difficulty breathing can continue to deteriorate even once feed quality is improved.  So it is important to ensure that any ingredient you choose to feed your horse is free of both dust and mold.  It's not the type of feed that causes a problem, its the quality of the feed.

Keep in mind that a dusty environment can also cause respiratory disorders in horses.  Ensuring indoor spaces are properly ventilated and minimizing dust in the air will also prevent difficulty breathing in your horses.

Thanks, Corlena

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

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