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Beyond the Hay Days

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Beyond the Hay Days: Refreshingly Simple Horse Nutrition
Updated & Expanded 2nd Edition
by Rex A. Ewing

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 activities, 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.

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"If this is the only book you ever buy on equine nutrition, you won't go wrong."
The Gaited Horse magazine, Spring 2004

"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. I particularly liked the chapter on minerals, which, in my opinion, is the biggest black hole in the average horseman’s nutritional knowledge. Buy this book, and read it."
— Karen E. N. Hayes, DVM, MS, PLLC for Horse & Rider, December 2003

"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."
— Lauren Giannini, In & Around Horse Country, April/May 2003

"Simple is the operative word. What could’ve been a scientific treatise is instead a user-friendly, easy-to-read equine nutrition guide. In addition to traditional rations, such as grain and hay, Ewing also discusses vitamins, mineral, nutraceuticals and supplements."
Western Horseman, May 2003


Part I: Nutrients That Supply Energy and The Horse’s Needs

  • Energy: Fuel for the Equine Engine
  • Nutrients That Supply Energy
  • Putting Things Into Perspective
  • The Fundamentals: Energy & Protein Requirements
  • (Maintenance Horses; Older Horses; Performance Horses; Stallions; Broodmares; Nursing Foals; Weanlings, Yearlings & Beyond)

Part II: Nutrients That Don’t Supply Energy

  • Enzymes: Catalysts of Life
  • Minerals: Elemental Necessities (Macrominerals, Trace Minerals)
  • Vitamins: The Missing Puzzle Pieces (Fat-Soluble Vitamins, Water-Soluble Vitamins)

Part III: The Extras and The Basics

  • Exotic Nutrients (MSM, DMG, Chondroitin Sulfates & Glucosamine, Bromelain)
  • Closing Considerations: The Basics (Teeth and Parasites; Wood, Sand and Sundries; Feeding Tips; Forages; Grains, Fats and Extra Protein; Basics of a Successful Feeding Program)


  • Guide to Supplemental Feeding
  • Helpful Formulas & Conversion Factors


Rex Ewing’s diverse interests have led him from Colorado to Costa Rica to Alaska, working cattle and horses, mining gold, and formulating equine supplements. He now lives at the end of a bad dirt road in the Colorado Rockies with his wife LaVonne and two dogs. There he writes novels and non-fiction books from his hand-hewn log cabin powered by the sun and wind.


paperback ISBN 978-0-9658098-4-9
hardcover ISBN 978-0-9658098-2-5
5½ x 8½ • 160 pages • illustrated • 2004

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