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Feeding My New Horse:Advice Appreciated!!

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    08-01-2008, 09:23 PM
Sorry, Mayfield, I am one to disagree with you. Atleast in my area (Texas), a horse can survive on hay alone and do fine. No supplements, no grain. Our hay, which has been tested by Texas A&M, an agriculture college, states it's more beneficial to feed hay than grain since it's the "natural" or more highly digestible thing to feed. NOW, saying that, the hay HAS to be of good quality. We only feed Jigs or Coastal hay here. Our horses do fine. We do supplement with a grain at night. Safe Choice is our feed. It's a complete feed that addresses all of our horses needs...from our collicky horse to our senior to our horses with Cushings. It TRULY depends on the part on the country you are form and what you are feeding. Get your hay teste at your local university (Most will do it for $10 or less) I have a lot of opinions and research on this if you would like to hear it.....
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    08-01-2008, 09:26 PM
Sorry, MayField, I reread your post. 15 lbs. A day is unheard of. That must include forage. Are you sure you are reading this correctly? Most feed bags will tell the average you are to feed plus forage so it's difficult to know the difference betweeen the two. JMO
    08-02-2008, 12:22 AM
Oh no, I'm reading it right! He's also NOT getting that much, I refuse to give him that much feed! Get this: when he's 2 years old, the bag says to feed him TWENTY-FOUR POUNDS.
Purina is a bunch of crap.
    08-02-2008, 10:40 AM
Holey SMOKES!!! Purina is on drugs. You would colic a horse easily feeding that much grain. Is it 15 lbs. A day separated into 3 feedings? If so, I can understand that a little..... 3 lbs every feeding doesn't sound so bad, but 24 lbs is still outrageous. What was the Purina horse feed you are talking about again?
    08-02-2008, 10:54 AM
OK, so I got curious and went to the Purina website. Their feeding is correct. I put in your feed in their "table" and kept coming back with 10-15 lbs. A DAY. That's spread out into multiple feedings which has to be done for weanlings/foals, etc. (As I'm sure you already know) This figure does not include forage.
    08-02-2008, 02:16 PM
On the bag, it says it DOES include forage; I don't know if that's correct. The junior feed has 'hay and forage mixed in!' written all over the bag!
I don't care, I'm switching him over to Platform feeds as soon as he settles, lol! 15 pounds a day--thats ludicrous.
    08-02-2008, 02:24 PM
Yes, you are correct, Junior feed has alfalfa mixed in, but they should still get free choice of hay. We all get so worked up in the protein levels these days and research has shown protein is NOT where our concerns should be. With 15 lbs. Of pelleted food a day, your baby will continue to grow and be healthy. (I'm sure you could cut back on this uring the summer when pasture is so great though) That's why you can't always go by the bag. You have to thikn of what the horse is already getting naturally....
    08-03-2008, 01:14 AM
I know I'm going to sound ridiculously simple, but when you say to feed hay "free choice", does that mean to just put a bale of hay in the pen and let the horse eat as much as it wants? I just don't want to do anything different until I'm clear on this.
    08-03-2008, 01:25 AM
I just can't wait until next spring when we get our pasture hot-wired!! I know I'll have to be careful at first about how much new grass he eats, but he will be so much happier being out there. :)
    08-03-2008, 01:27 AM
Green Broke
My recommendation is to always get in contact with your vet. It's nice to ask basic info on the internet, but your vet will know what issues there are in your local area (low selenium etc.), he'll know any specific healthy isssues your horse may have and can recommend the best feeding program to keep him happy and healthy.

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