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Sadly horses all over the country are suffering from issues associated with being fed the wrong foods.....and the feed manufacturers continue to bombard us with careful marketing in order to get us to buy, buy, and buy all their products-good or bad, with very little hard facts to what we are actually buying for our horses.

So we continue to try and test them all through our own independent research in a bid to help more horses get a better deal from their foods. So far the results haven't been that great for most feeds coming out as just ok, rather than good or great for our horses :(

Therefore we have placed our own feeding regime below for you as a guide to help you get the best from your horse's health in a jargon-free and economical way. This is an anti-inflammation diet and works well on all horses to reduce inflammation within the digestive tract, which provides benefits to a host of illnesses and ailments. 

It is also a LOW GI diet so it serves to provide a slow-release source of long-lasting and calming energy to your horse, as to prevent spikes in his/her insulin levels which can lead to causing fizzy behaviour. It has turned hundreds of horses around-from being high energy difficult horses to calm healthy equine friends. With the added benefits that it can be used for at-risk horses too, such as those with high laminitis or metabolic risks. We use the same diet in different amounts to suit many individual horses needs.

All the horses at our centre are on this diet are in excellent health and also of a calm disposition too. The bonus is that we rarely have the need to see a vet apart from for medical needs of our new edition rescue horses.

The amounts shown are suited to a average sized horse in light to medium work.

Please be aware ALL horses are different and you may have to change the amounts to suit your horses individual metabolism and activity levels.


Our low sugar, anti inflammation diet is both affordable and easy to use. It has been carefully put together to provide your horse with everything they need to build and maintain a healthy body and a calm mind. 

We have used it for years with all the horses at our rescue centre to fabulous results, and found it to be excellent for helping with a host of medical issues for horses including Ulcers, Laminitis, Cushing's- Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), Colic, Reflux, Grass Affectedness, Allergies, Skin Issues, Head Flicking and many other ailments, including digestive issues too. 

Every component of our diet has been carefully put together to compliment each other to provide a whole feeding plan to provide balanced and powerful nutrients, for optimum health for our equine friends, With each ingredient bringing its own benefits that are packed with healing and healthful properties. 

It not only serves to provide a healthy food source but helps to heal your horse from the inside out, due to providing a host of great health benefits to all horses, no matter what their size, breed or workload, as can be seen below with the vitality of Missy and Max. 


STAPLE DIET -we use slow feed hay nets -available on this link SHOP-OTHER to provide hay 24/7 to all our horses, and we top up twice a day if necessary...these work well to protect horses from over-producing too much stomach acid, which help to reduce and heal ulcers. We recommend using plain meadow hay without clover if possible. Our own nets are placed all over our tracked grazing system as to encourage our herd to forage for their food and therefore move around more.....but work well placed at a regular feeding station too.


This should not be a big meal ....but is necessary to provide nutrients and supplements missing from your horse's other feed sources...


This component of the feed should be used purely as a carrier to get the other ingredients into your horse’s system. We recommend using a few cupped handfuls (2 hands together) of a low gi forage such as plain meadow chaff, or timothy, or oaten chaff. As long as you don't use too much, you can also use other low Gi forages too such as Equi Fibre Meadow Pro or Fibre Ezi, which we recommend to be used in a handful to mix with the other chaffs to provide a wide spectrum of forages in order to provide a variety of different nutrients for your horse. (PLEASE NOTE: We only advise a few handfuls of these products so do not give as much as the manufacturers advise. This works well as a low sugar carrier and helps to stop the horse bolting down his feed.


Linseed is the American name for flaxseed but they are the same thing. Horses do not have a gall bladder to process fats as humans do, so care is needed when feeding fats and oils and therefore only a small amount is required because it's processed by the liver. We advise drizzling 50ml of cold pressed flaxseed oil over the feed: this is the only oil to use with horses, as it provides so many fabulous nutrients, without furring arteries or causing skin issues as we've seen with many other oils. It works to reduce inflammation in the digestive system due to it being a whopping 58% omega 3's, which is a natural source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, that is a natural anti-inflammatory and serves to help joint, coat, hoof & heart health-it is also a benefit to keeping the digestive system moving fluidly and therefore significantly reduces the risk of colic too. We buy the Acto brand for around $65 for 5 litres from most local farmlands-or we can also highly recommend that sold from Waihi Bush under their Animals section on their website please see below for a photo of the bottles we use-keep it out of the sunlight & use within 3 months for best results.


Use 250G of Flaxseed -this can be either in pelleted form, or in flakes, linseed meal or with freshly ground flaxseeds themselves. Whichever way you choose to give this, these are a great source of fibre & are the best feed to give to your horse, due to being 100% natural with no chemicals or fillers. Flaxseed products do not need to be soaked so are easy to use-they significantly boost your horse’s anti-inflammation diet even further as they are another great source of fibre and omega 3's. They also include recommended levels of daily protein and Vitamin E. 

Please note Miniature horses will only need around 50-75g per day


Please only use straight Apple Cider Vinegar without honey or garlic, preferably with the mother included-see our shop page for our own brand. Use a 10ml capful of our double strength ACV daily added to around a cupful of water stirred into your horse’s food. Good quality cider vinegar contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria, and can also help kill pathogens, whilst helping to reduce blood sugars and insulin responses. It is excellent for digestion and an essential part of the diet for the health benefits it provides.


Use 20-30g of our-Equi-Protect supplement which addresses "Grass Affectedness"

with a separate dose of our Natural Horse Minerals and Vitamin Formula -see our supplements pages for info on our pure minerals....THIS NEEDS TO BE USED FOR A MINIMUM OF 2 WEEKS INITIALLY to mop up all active toxins and address any mineral imbalanced, then we recommend to go onto the ALL IN 1 MIX below for maintenance.

Once a loading dose of the above has been used for at least 2 weeks then feed the ALL-IN-1 Supplement - this is a mixture of all the essential minerals your horse needs blended with our 

EQUI-PROTECT GRASS AFFECTS FORMULA -please see our supplements pages.


1 heaped teaspoon of Himalayan salt- which provides 84 trace minerals-please do not use any other type of PROCESSED salts as they are normally bleached with chemicals. We advise you use salt in the feed in addition to using salt licks too-see our supplements page to buy for an affordable rate


The above amounts are for a average 15-16h horse at approx 5-550kg bodyweight, that is ridden a few times per week. Please be aware that horses who are in full time work may require extra calories. We are happy to help with guidance for quantities for other size horses or different work loads so please just drop us an email for help with this. 

All our horses have access to a tracked grazing system 24/7 with a field shelter and trees to act as a windbreak.

Please note that although we don't use rugs with our horses ourselves, we are not advocating that you let your poor horse shiver by being staunch and totally we understand that not all owners can provide if you cannot provide shelter for your horse/s, and enough of a slow-release food-source for the herd to keep warm as in 24/7 access to hay, you may need to consider a LIGHT WATERPROOF RUG for harsh weather conditions (that was not 6 layers and 3 rugs either :)) . 

User Testimonials​

2/11/2020 Debbie writes

I had to write to tell you how impressed we are with this new way of feeding our horse. Burt has gone from being a grumpy sourface to now seeking us out for fuss and cuddles since changing to this diet. I'm stunned at the difference in his behaviour as he now comes to meet us at the gate, and no more pinned back ears. His poos are so much better too and he is definitely moving more freely on it. The farrier has already mentioned how much better his hooves are and we can see that they are now growing more connected down from the coronary band so we are just thrilled with the benefits. Thank you very much for all your help and advise. This whole new approach to diet has made owning horses so much more rewarding. 

20/11/2020-Charlie writes

I wanted to say how pleased we are with using your feeding plan. It is so easy that we keep thinking we have forgotten something-lol. Our previously fussy horses now devour every last bit of their bucket feed and they look absolutely fantastic on it. We have seen dapples come out for the first time and no more washed out or fading coats. Our older boy is running around like a spring lamb and his joint health has improved tenfold, with the whole herd being so full of health. Thanks so much for developing such a simple but effective way to feed horses. 

20/4/2020-Jodie writes:

I love it , I love it and I love it some more. I started off with this diet due to one of my horses being severely grass affected and I can't believe how much better he is. Not only that but I saw instant results to his body as well as his mind.  I was so impressed that now all four of my horses are now on it and are literally gleaming with health. Plus they are calm in their temperaments, and it's all natural and affordable too. I can't recommend this highly enough.

16/04/2019-Lisa writes:

My horse has been on this diet for just 4 weeks and already we have seen such amazing improvements to both his physique as well as his temperament -he now meets me at the gate and wants to be ridden. I am paying half what I was previously paying but now for much better ingredients and its so easy-thanks so much to the team at Natural Horse


I never knew feeding could be so easy, and wow-the results are outstanding. I love this diet for my horse so much. Plus my gelding is looking the best he has ever done. I cannot recommend using this feeding guide for your horse highly enough. Thank you Natural Horse NZ.

29/1/2019 DAVE:

5 days in and everything changed for the better with our whole herd using this diet. We are very grateful and it is so easy to use. Highly Recommended.


Yay, I have my cruisey horse back for Xmas. We've had an awful time with him being so badly grass affected and all that has gone in just 5 days. I took him to the beach this morning for the first time and he behaved like a pro. That would not of been possible until using this way of feeding-thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for this amazing way to feed my horse-you lovely people at NATURAL HORSE NZ. Xxx

11/11/2018 Amanda writes:

2 Days on this diet and the head flicking just stopped!

5 days in and he calmed right down just like you said he would.

2 weeks on and I'm back in the saddle :)

My boy is calm and connected to me and I can't believe how easy it is-Thankyou so much xxx-YOU HAVE LITERALLY 



Wow, what a difference!!! 

I now realise I was previously feeding my horse a cocktail of total crap which has hindered his health rather than helped it. Now he is on your great anti-inflammation diet he is a changed boy and is so happy and obliging, plus he looks

fantastic on it too. He also has an incredible shiny coat. 


I have paid professional nutritionists, the world over and not seen the excellent results that I've seen from the fabulous anti-inflammation diet which you recommended for my allergy-ridden horse. I'm so impressed with the results that I'm now using it on all of my 12 horses, to equally as impressive results-thanks Tracy-you are a total star in your field, and we all appreciate it :)


This has saved me a complete fortune from all the gimmicky feeds, supplements, lotions and add ons that I was previously feeding my horse before and all only to only mediocre results too :(. The NATURAL HORSE RECOMMENDED DIET is working a treat and I'm seeing tangible health benefits to all my horses who are on it and all without the high price-tag that I've paid in the past. 

We're very thankful-thanks guys.


We cannot shout about this feeding guide enough as it has saved our horses life. We've had a horse plagued by ill health and allergies etc and tried everything available before we finally found this miracle guide, which has changed everything for the better for us. Our boy is now relaxed and happy, and no more head flicking or rubbing himself raw. We are so pleased-thanks NATURAL HORSE NZ.

*The information on this website is intended to offer you written support and should not replace the advice of a registered veterinarian for your horse.

*Natural Horse NZ will not be responsible for the incorrect use of these products as you are responsible for the safety of your equine so please follow the instructions and only use the dose rates provided in the recommended way.