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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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feeding for fitness

trying to get my horse back in shape for trail riding and was wanting peoples suggestions on what would be the best thing to feed him. he is a very easy keeper and a little over weight right now but plan on doing alot of riding .right now i am currently feeding him 2lbs of purina omolene 100 twice a day with the grand coat supplement.i have had him on this for about a month now and started out very easy riding for about an hour a day
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-01-2013, 11:12 PM
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Why in the world are you feeding a easy keeper 2lbs of sweet feed twice a day. He doesnt need grain if over weight sweet feed is junk. All he needs is hay and a vitamin mineral supplement to cover what hay is missing. Ditch the sweet feed and put him to work fat horses are not healthy period. My horses are riden 6 days a week 4 to 5 hours a day thats trotting almost the whole time. They only get hay when the get a bit thin i give them plain oats up to 4 pounds a day. Oh they get a vit/min supplement also that covers what my hay lacks. In winter they get only hay and the supplement no grain at all i dont like fat horses.
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I don't know your riding schedule but I ride my horses 3 to 4 times a week and they have in and out paddocks so they can stretch their legs when needed. I give my horses (not sure in weight as I have never weighed my feed) one and a half to two flakes, twice a day. They get beetpulp for lunch and they have some crunch (type of grain) that my vet recommended. I also give them some oil to help their coat. By doing this they stay the PERFECT weight (said by my vet) I always update my vet on their weight so she can help me with what to feed them. So I would recommend phoning your vet and tell him/her whats going on. She/ he will give you a good idea on what to feed her. (sorry its so long)

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-03-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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he is not obese just more out of shape. i am wanting him to get his muscle tone back. i also dont want to hurt him in anyway so i am starting him out slow by just walking about hour a day at least 6 days a week.i figured i would do this for about two weeks so tomorrow i will start to get some trotting in. my kids are getting older and i am now able to get back into my horses again.i will try to get a pic of him so you can see he is not overly fat
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-03-2013, 11:43 AM
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I'd ditch the sweet feed as well and replace it with wither a multi-vit or a ration balancer. That will take care of the nutrition he'll need to develop his muscles without all the extra calories (and sugar/starch, which are not well digested by horses).

You don't say how much forage he's getting, but if he starts dropping weight beyond what's ideal, I'd increase the forage first, and then consider adding in other non-grain alternatives (alfalfa, beet pulp, flax, rice bran, oil, etc.) before going back to a grain product.
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