Beyond the Hay Days

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

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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

Author Rex Ewing

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.

Foreword by Cherry Hill

Foreword - Beyond the Hay Days

   Ahhhh.....that was a good read. Now when was the last time you said that as you finished a technical book?
   One of the reasons I enjoy Beyond the Hay Days is because Rex Ewing is a cowboy poet trapped inside the pages of an equine nutrition book. Lucky us. What better combination for bringing a tough subject to life?
   When you read about chelated minerals—you'll learn that the Latin "chelae" means "scorpion claws". Rex suggests that you imagine a scorpion holding a BB between the tips of its claws to get a picture of how the metal ion is held fast in a ring of electrons. Who else would tell you these things!?
   I've long been a fan of combining art and science, no matter what the subject. Science can help make ethereal subjects materialize. And just the right touch of art can help demystify technical subjects, making them more accessible and even fun!
Our horses need to be fed properly. It's a big responsibility and just as with training, there is no one formula or plan for all horses. That's why it is essential to understand a certain amount of the science of nutrition so you can make your own intelligent, informed decisions.
    If you've been looking for a down-to-earth equine nutrition reference, start reading and feeding.

- Cherry Hill


Beyond the Hay Days: Refreshingly Simple Horse Nutrition

Rex A. Ewing

$18.95 paperback SALE $12.95
$26.00 hardcover SALE $19.95
ISBN 978-0-9658098-4-9
5.5 x 8.5, 160 pages
published 2004

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