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    03-17-2011, 09:55 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Hi Guys!

Yes, I guess I forgot to mention that we don't have pasture. I would guess 2/3 of the horses in Arizona, if not more, don't have pasture, so sometimes I forget that in other parts of the country you are blessed with grass.

It's hay year-round for all 3 of our horses, but this is my first time raising a foal. I have a couple friends with foals and they just feed alfalfa (well, one feeds oats too, but I don't know how much). I actually thought I was doing better for him heath-wise to try to give him half bermuda hay instead of straight alfalfa, which is most common here. But maybe it is lacking in calories.

Actually, another person got me afraid to feed him too much. She was telling me she has had problems with ephysitis. That is the reason I wasn't feeding him straight alfalfa to begin with. Because lord knows it's the cheapest, best hay around these parts. Maybe I just have been listening to the wrong advice. The friends who are feeding straight alfalfa haven't had any issues with ephysitis or anything else.

Purina is the most common brand of feed here, although I did see a brand new feed store that carries Nutrena a few days ago. Selection is always good!

He does have access to a brand-new Purina 12/12 Vitamin and Mineral block, which I bought especially for him after I weaned him:

Purina Horse Feeds - NATURE'S ESSENTIALS

Do you guys think that is adequate, as far as vitamins and minerals go? Maybe he just needs more calories, such as more alfalfa and less bermuda?

Our local feed store used to carry the Purina Nature's Essentials ration balancers, both the Enrich 12 and Enrich 32, but now they are only special order because the store owner told me they didn't sell well. ( I can still order them, they just don't stock them normally.) But then if he has the mineral block, that is rather redundant? I don't know. He does lick his mineral and salt blocks.

I guess what I was trying to accomplish with the Purina vitamin/mineral block is that it would last a long time and it would make up for not feeding him huge amounts of hard feed. The Ultium Growth is around $25 a bag. According to the bag, I believe he should be getting about 7 lbs. The mineral block was $32 and lasts a long, long time. And he is getting pretty much free choice hay, so I thought that would be fine. That was my logic anyway.

There is really no reason I can't feed him more grain or hard feed, but if I do, I don't think it will be the $25 a bag (gasp!) Ultium Growth. What do you guys think of Strategy? I could even switch him to straight alfalfa and go with the Strategy AX. Or keep feeding him some bermuda hay and go with the Strategy GX.

The vet saw him in December when he gelded him and will see him again next month when he comes out and does vaccinations. I don't think my colt is unhealthy in any real way, honestly. I was just wondering if it was normal for him not to gain weight in the month since he was weaned.

This was him 3 weeks ago. They are the most recent photos I have, but he looks the same now as he did then. He's not thin. I am also kind of afraid of getting him fat because of his joints. What do you guys think?

I'm kind of thinking he is growing UP instead of OUT. But I don't know for sure, because I didn't measure his height right before weaning.
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    03-18-2011, 12:18 AM
  #12
Green Broke
The blocks are hard enough that they really don't work that well. Most horses can't or won't chew off enough to supply them with all of the minerals they need. If you want to go that route, then the loose minerals would be better. That and at least a half ration of the Ultium Growth should be enough, with free choice alfalfa/bermuda hay. It's hard to say though, since you don't really know how much of the loose or block minerals he's consuming.
     

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