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        06-25-2010, 12:35 AM

    Hi! Just would appreciate any input on what the best feed for my 2 new horses would be.

    We have always fed our horses sweet feed but I am not sure if this is the best thing to feed horses.

    I have two new Belgians (16.2 hands each and 1600 and 1700 pounds respectively. They are in beautiful condition and are great weights.

    Just wondering if sweet feed is the way to go.

    Right now we have them on 2 scoops in the morning, 2 beats of hay in the afternoon, and 2 scoops in the evening. They also have plenty of grass to graze (8 acres)

    And if sweet feed is good, should I be supplementing?

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        06-30-2010, 10:05 PM
    It would be good to mix in some pellets, Like 50:50.
        06-30-2010, 10:07 PM
    How much to they get worked? If only lightly and they have all that grass and hay, you really don't need feed at all.
        06-30-2010, 10:35 PM
    Solon would be the best person to talk to about that, you might be able to PM her. But I do have some experience with drafts and sweet feed is really not very good for them. There is way too much sugar and since most drafts are really easy keepers, it predisposes them to insulin resistance, founder, colic, etc. I would say that they could likely get by well and keep their weight with just the grass to graze on with maybe some good quality grass hay to supplement. If they were in heavy work, maybe add a bit of higher protein forage like alfalfa.
        07-01-2010, 08:07 AM
    Drafts tend to need high fat , low starch diets so sweet feed is out and look for a good higher fat feed like Triple Crown's Low Starch

    If they keep their weight well on pasture I would go with a good vitamin/mineral supplement and some rice bran or BOSS

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