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post #1 of 4 Old 10-06-2009, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Feed help! What do YOU think of this.

I have a 16.1hh tb gelding who doesnt seem to be growing a winter coat but he is at a wonderful weight right now and im blanketing him since its been between 10 and - 3 degrees celcius for the last 2 weeks. I am also looking into his food to help keep him comfy this winter. So what do you think of this feed schedule:
Breakfast: Hay (about 3-4 flakes or around 6-8 lbs i think)
Lunch: Alfalfa cubes (no idea how much)
Supper: Hay (about 3-4 flakes or around 6-8 lbs i think)
Supplement: 1.5lbs of pelleted beetpulp soaked + 1.5 lbs of alfalfa/ timothy mix cubes soaked + 1 cup stabalized rice bran + minerals.

The breakfast, lunch and supper are fed by the boarding facility which is why im not sure the exact amounts. I would be feeding the supplement, However i would not be able to feed every single day or at the same time. So is it okay to feed the supplemented food 3 or 4 days a week around the same time?
What do you think?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-06-2009, 04:33 AM
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It really depends on the pasture and horses workload...how often is he ridden each week? the type of work he does and how long. How much grass is in the paddock? is he stabled?
If his weight is fine i wouldnt worry about it too much..
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-06-2009, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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He hasnt been ridden in about 2 weeks but he starting back in full work about 4-6 days a week on walk and trot flat work for now for about an hour to and hour and a half. He has no grass in his paddock, its a dirt lot. and he is not stalled, he is out 24/7.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-06-2009, 09:44 PM
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He should be fine on that diet...atleast I would think so....

My boy is part thoroughbred and I have to work to keep weight on him....he gets top quality costal hay evey morning and every night and he gets a quality horse rated sweet feed with a weight builder suppliment for dinner....he also doesnt get feed at the same time most of the time...lol

So I would think your boy being 100% tb and already at a good weight would stay nice an plump on what you said...since it sounds like about double what my hard keeper gets lol

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