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post #1 of 6 Old 01-11-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my horse's grain ration please.

I know this should probably be posted in the nutrition section, but this concerns his health too! And more people will see it this way. My 6 year old easy keeper APH gelding is 15hh and 1150 lbs. He's currently getting 2lbs of Purina Strategy per day, and about 5lbs of beet pulp per day. He is in light work, only being ridden 4-5 times per week (more or less depending on the weather and my schedule) for about 1- 1 1/2 hours at a time. He gets 24lbs of good quality brome hay per day (more when it's colder) and I'm actually about to bump that up to 30lbs per day for about a month. January is always the coldest month here, and he could use the extra calories (that's why he's getting beet pulp, he's a tad ribby) He has 24/7 acces to clean water and a mineral block (apple flavored ) his grass intake is about .5 - 1 lb per day. Should I bump it up to more grain? Switch grains? I'm interested in trying the DuMor TSC brand, so I'm curious to hear about your experiences with that. Thanks! P.s. HE HAS PLENTY OF ENERGY WITHOUT GRAIN, SO I DON'T WANT TO BUMP IT UP FOR MORE ENERGY.

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I've heard of that before. It seems like a good feed. I'll have to check my local TSC and other Purina dealers to see if they have it. How much does it cost for you?
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Does sound like quite a bit to me frankly. I feed just 1 - 1.5 lbs of low sugar/low starch pellets (Carb Guard from TSC) twice/day (and about same amount of hay: 1 sq bale/day per 2 horses).

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Really? He gets 2lbs per day not per feeding. The Strategy bag recommends 5lbs per day for his size and work load lol.
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Originally Posted by xxGallopxx View Post
Really? He gets 2lbs per day not per feeding. The Strategy bag recommends 5lbs per day for his size and work load lol.
I think 5 workouts of 1-1/2 hours a week is more than light workout depending on what you are doing. A slow trail ride I would consider light but if you do much trotting and cantering I think that more feed is in order. I would think the 5 lbs a day makes more sense if you are trying to maintain or add weight.
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