Beyond the Hay Days: Refreshingly Simple Horse Nutrition / Edition 2

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An easy-to-read, common sense handbook for all horse owners, from greenhorns to old hands. BEYOND THE HAY DAYS covers everything from simple hay-and-grain basics, to vitamins, minerals and supplements, including the latest word on glucosamine, Omega fatty acids, bromelain and more. Learn how to meet the nutritional demands of horses at various ages and levels of activity, from pleasure horses to mares, foals and yearlings, to stallions and performance horses. Handy charts and tables put the information at your fingertips, and helpful formulas for calculating feed rations make this the one book on equine nutrition you'll read and refer to again and again.

Reviews of the 1st Edition

"If you'd like to get a handle on equine nutrition, but the subject tends to make your eyes glaze over, add BEYOND THE HAY DAYS to your horse library...Ewing will answer most, if not all of your questions." - HORSE & RIDER magazine

"This fascinating and folksy book takes a very dry subject and makes it interesting. For those of us not seeking a doctorate in equine nutrition, this book pretty well covers what we need to know." - THE QUARTER HORSE JOURNAL

"....this pleasant little primer contains an impressive amount of science and a healthy dose of common sense from a man who's been raising and feeding horses successfully for years." - EQUUS

"This thin, easy-to-read book uses common sense as its guiding force and knits in those complicated equations so the readers learns - and enjoys while doing so. It's lively, full of fun and gets the information to the reader in a hurry....I highly recommend this book as an inexpensive, reliable and easy-to-swallow guide for experienced and green horsemen. For those of us who hate science and complicated dissertations, this is the book of choice." - NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY

About the Author
Rex A. Ewing spent several years as CEO of the John Ewing Company, a well-respected equine nutrition firm for over 50 years. He has been published by several equine publications, and has formulated and marketing numerous nutrition products for horses worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
This gem of a paperback is a treasure trove of facts about what every horse-keeper needs to know about feeding horses. Years as CEO of an equine feed company gave him the fodder to write this handy little reference book, suitable for greenhorns and weathered trail hands alike - healthy doses of common sense interspersed with science make it very palatable and easy to digest.
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From start to finish, this book is one of the most accessible tomes I have ever read on the topic of equine nutrition, vitamins and minerals. Whether you have a broodmare, weanling, active sporthorse or a geriatric equine, this book will be an invaluable aid in keeping your horse healthy and happy. Every stable should have a copy in the feed room.
Karen Hayes
Ewing doesn’t strike me as a man who’s in love with calculators and analytical chemistry. He’s a horse lover. He speaks our language and he’s a practical man. On matters of equine nutrition, he cuts to the chase....Ewing hands it to you on a silver platter and makes it downright palatable. Buy this book, and read it.
Pat Ingram
If your feed room looks like a health food store, this book might help you make better use of some of that inventory. The new edition lives up to my opinion of the original version: ‘This fascinating and folksy book takes a very dry subject and makes it interesting. For those not seeking a doctorate in equine nutrition, this book pretty well covers what we need to know.’ The book has a tremendous amount information to offer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965809849
  • Publisher: Pixyjack Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rex A. Ewing grew up in northeastern Colorado’s Platte valley, where he spent most of his time looking after the family’s herds of Charolais cattle and Thoroughbred horses. He learned early about the importance of proper feeding since, in addition to the purebred stock, the Ewing Ranch operated an experimental feedlot for horses, cattle and sheep, where his father, John, tested the efficacy of different feeds and additives.

Following college, Rex returned to life on the ranch, managing the horse operation and assisting his father in the family’s horse nutrition business. When John Ewing died in 1990, Rex became president and CEO of the John Ewing Company, a world-renowned producer of horse nutrition products. Combining his years of common-sense experience with the scientific particulars of horse nutrition, he formulated a number successful products, wrote regularly for horse publications, and talked to thousands of horse owners about their nutrition related problems.

After leaving the family business in 1997, Rex wrote the first edition of Beyond the Hay Days. Since then, he has maintained his contacts and followed the industry closely. The updated and expanded 2nd edition was released in 2003.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Prologue xi
Author's Note to 2nd Edition xiii
1 The Art of Nutrition 15
2 Feeding as a Function of Design 20
Part I Nutrients That Supply Energy and The Horse's Needs
3 Energy: Fuel for the Equine Engine 24
4 Nutrients That Supply Energy 28
5 Putting Things Into Perspective 37
6 The Fundamentals: Energy & Protein Requirements 41
Maintenance Horses 43
Older Horses 46
Performance Horses 47
Stallions 50
Broodmares 52
Nursing Foals 53
Weanlings, Yearlings & Beyond 57
Part II Nutrients That Don't Supply Energy
7 Enzymes: Catalysts of Life 62
8 Minerals: Elemental Necessities 65
Macrominerals 68
Trace Minerals 84
Chart of Daily Requirements 99
9 Vitamins: The Missing Puzzle Pieces 101
Fat Soluble Vitamins 103
Water Soluble Vitamins 110
Part III The Extras and The Basics
10 Exotic Nutrients 124
MSM 126
DMG 128
Chondroitin Sulfates & Glucosamine 129
Bromelain 132
11 Closing Considerations: The Basics 134
Teeth and Parasites 135
Wood, Sand and Sundries 136
Feeding Tips 138
Forages 139
Grains, Fats and Extra Protein 141
Basics of a Successful Feeding Program 143
Acknowledgments 144
A Guide to Supplemental Feeding 145
B Helpful Formulas & Conversion Factors 148
Percent to Milligrams per Day 149
Percent to Grams per Day 150
PPM to Milligrams per Day 151
Total Protein in a Ration 152
Suggested Reading 153
List of Tables, Charts & Summaries 154
Index 155
About the Author 159
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