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        01-03-2010, 07:14 PM
    My 16.2hh perch/tb cross gets 1.5lbs of 12% pellet twice daily, and free feed grass/timothy hay, also is on pasture 12 hours daily

    My sister's 14.1hh welsh x is not as easy of a keeper, he gets 3.5 lbs of purina high fat sweet feed and free choice grass/timothy hay and 12 hours pasture

    In the past my horse was on purina ultium but he ended up with way too much nervous energy so I had to switch him off of it
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        01-03-2010, 07:18 PM
    Free range to hay all year round plus good grass in summer. They only get corn as a snack/reward when they come up. That's how we check all the horses each day. Everybody is on at least 7-10 acres per herd, so they can hide if they weren't so fond of getting a little corn.
        01-03-2010, 07:37 PM
    Actually I have found that our horses have significantly nicer coats than those of the boarding barn I worked at that fed Blue Seal pellets. All that protein makes for a nice and shiny coat. Trial and error, though. What may work for one horse may not work for another.
        01-03-2010, 07:37 PM
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    Originally Posted by kassierae    
    luvs2ride- My horses have always been on Sweet Feed, and my grandmother used to feed 16% SF to her horses. None of them were even the slightest bit hot, as none of ours are now.
    Some horses do okay on it. I just find that mine do better on grain-free diets, with even better attitudes and "glow" about them than before, and on a lot less feed than when I fed sweet feed or pelleted feed. One one of mine gets "hot" on sweet feed.
        01-03-2010, 07:47 PM
    I would love to be able to give them free choice hay and a grain-free diet, but it just isn't feasible right now. They are fed twice a day and there's nobody home to feed throughout the day, aside from the fact that our system works and they are all very healthy and happy, so there is no reason to change our way of doing things. Not yet anyway.
        01-03-2010, 10:04 PM
    Mine are grain free and don't have free choice hay. Things like Speedi-beet and hey pellets can be fed as forage/fprage replacement.

    If you want to do it, it's do-able.
        01-03-2010, 10:19 PM
    Not with the way prices are around here, and as I said, it works for us so there is no reason to change it. :)
        01-03-2010, 10:23 PM
    My pony gets the following:
    AM feed:
    2lbs hay
    1lb horse ration (a soy bean hull based complete feed, high fat, low carb and all the nutrients he needs)
    3lbs hay
    PM feed:
    3lbs hay
    1lb horse ration
    ~1lb(dry) soaked beet pulp
    1/4lb oats
    2lbs hay or cubes
    1lb horse ration

    Our hay/cubes are a grass and 30% alfalfa mix.
    My horse is a fatass lol he eats so much!
        01-03-2010, 10:23 PM
    I can understand that. We have 20 horses in 5 pastures and cut round rolls, so it makes free range easier for me. They have 2 rolls of hay per pasture, and with the temperatures down they are loving it. They are around it all day either eating or bedding down in the trash stuff that they leave.
        01-03-2010, 10:31 PM
    I would love to be able to give them free choice hay and a grain-free diet
    I was simply responding to this. If you want to do it, it's do-able. Normally feeding ends up cheaper when you take out grain and sweet-feed as they need less feed to make up the required energy, minerals and vitamins.

    I'm not telling you to change your horses diets. I was just replying to your comment.

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