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post #1 of 4 Old 02-11-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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feeding help

Hi, I have a 5 year old appaloosa/quarterhorse/thoroughbred gelding, 15.1hh, around 430kg. I was just wondering what would I feed him? At the moment he is on grass and hay, 2 biscuits of grass hay a day, but I do not think this is enough because he has lost condition/weight, also there isn't much grass. He can be flighty and lazy and stubborn. Also he has a bit of a sway back, a conformation fault I was told.
Any help would be appreciated, thankyou.
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-11-2012, 10:43 PM
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Hi there, what is he used for? Level of activity is a big factor in deciding a feeding program
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-11-2012, 10:57 PM
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I would recommend feeding a diet high in fat and fiber such as beet pulp and rice bran. Have your horse's teeth checked by a vet? Have you had a fecal egg count done on his poo for any worms?

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-12-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Timingline - at the moment I am training him so just riding on the property and roads a couple times a week, 1 hour each session
Caseymyhorserocks - the vet is coming out in may for vaccinations, so will get that stuff checked out then
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