Corolla Wild Horse Fund
What do they eat?? 🍴🌾
We do not provide any supplemental feeding, even in the winter. The wild horses are experts at foraging and can easily keep themselves fed all year round. A skinny horse is not skinny from lack of food. Poor body condition is indicative of a health issue and/or age and may require monitoring and intervention on our part.
This time of year, the horses eat just about anything they can find! There is still grass, and even though it’s brown it still provides important calories and nutrients. They can also be found nibbling on brush like wax myrtles, scrub oaks, and aquatic grass like milfoil. The winter rye grass that you see growing on maintained lawns this time of year is actually not healthy for the horses (it’s got a lot of sugar in it) so green is not always good! They are quite adept at finding natural sources of food...even if it doesn’t seem very appetizing to us!
Extra calories are what keep horses warm in the winter, which is why just about all of the mustangs are nice and plump right now!