A mate sent me this link, saying it might be of interest – she was right! Thanks Sharyn 😀
Recommended by well known equine nutrition specialist Dr. John Konke, FeedXL Horse Nutrition ‘takes the guesswork out of horse feeding’, allowing you to prepare diets for your horse based on their weight, nutritional needs and the amount of work they’re under.
Taking the tour, it seems you fill in your horse’s details (name, age, breed, weight – you can use a bodyweight calculator if unsure, gender, current workload and whether or not your horse is a good doer). You can also list details regarding their body condition score and if they’re predisposed to issues/diseases such as cushings, colic, founder, DOD’s or tying up.
Once these details are filled in, you go on to fill out information regarding your pasture and how many hours a day your horse has access to this roughage.
The third section is titled Prepare Diet in which you can list the roughage, grain and/or complete feeds and supplements that your horse is on. Based on this information, FeedXL is able to determine what your horse is receiving in the likes of energy requirements, calcium and phosphorus, etc and can therefore determine what they’re getting an excess of or not enough of.
Reviewing these results will tell you what needs to be increased and/or decreased in the diet and what can be adjusted while still taking into account your horse’s issues with laminitis or colic or other diseases that can be affected by diet.
After you’ve taken the tour on the site, you may want to consider a package and pricing plan – http://feedxl.com/pricing.html – for only $15 Australian, it’s possible to have access to the facilities to analyse the diet of five horses. Doing the math, surely $3 per horse isn’t too much to spend to make sure your horse’s diet is balanced?
Check out the testimonials listed on the site to see what others have to say.
The idea seems a great one to me and perhaps will be something I’ll use down the line when I’m managing my horse property.
What a great service to be able to provide for clients, proving to them you’re providing their equine with a balanced diet!
For those of you who are horse and computer obsessed, perhaps the design of such horse related software is in your future?
Horse people love to be able to spend time with their animals and decrease costs where possible. A program such as FeedXL seems to be the solution for many – and we’ll always welcome other programs created with the horse and horse owner in mind!
“Give me food and drink; and care for me. And when the day’s work is done, shelter me. Give me a clean bed and leave me not too small a place in the stable. Talk to me, for your voice often takes the place of reins; be good to me and I shall serve you more gladly and love you.”