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post #1 of 3 Old 09-30-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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best feed for a pony.

I was wondering what you guys feed your ponies.
He is a two year old shetland (I think, I'll post pics later.)
Well, he's bigger than the minis I was around.
Anyway. They only feed him oats and hay.
Not sure what kind of hay.
My other horses are on a 12% pellet and coastal, and tifton 85 hay.
I have a grassless place to put him. Right now he's at a good weight and doesn't need to gain any.

Is the oats fine, or should I change it ?.
Really, does he need any feed at all ?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-30-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Guess no one has a pony on here o.O
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-30-2012, 11:59 PM
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It's been many years since I've owned a small pony, but before I owned my own property, I boarded at a place that had 2 small ponies. Neither my old one nor these two boarding buddies ever got any grain. They survived strictly on pasture and hay and they were fat! In my experience, ponies really don't need it. The one I used to own many years ago we actually bought foundered (her poor little feet were curled, the foundering happened many years before and she was comfortable walking on her curled feet) but anyway, all the more reason to watch your grain with ponies. I would give him a handful of simple pellets once or twice a day, even if it's nothing more than hay stretcher pellets just to give him a little "treat" to look forward to but other than that, hay should probably do it.
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