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    10-18-2009, 09:48 PM
  #1
Foal
Grain - What's in it?

Hey guys just wondering what everybody feeds their horses and why?

Sweetness:
1/4 scoop perfomance horse pelleted sweetfeed
1/4 scoop woody's show n go sweetfeed
1/4 scoop alfalfa pellets
1/4 scoop oats
1/4 scoop corn
1/4 cup corn oil

She gets this since it will soon be winter and I am trying to get a few extra pound on her.
     
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    10-18-2009, 10:01 PM
  #2
Weanling
Cutter gets for AM:
1 small scoop Safechoice pellets
Daily Strongid
Daily PLATFORM joint formula
3 big handfulls HighFiber Gold hay subsitute. (only because I won it in a raffle at the new dover saddlery in NH and cutter LOVES it

PM:
1 scoop Safechoice
     
    10-18-2009, 11:38 PM
  #3
Started
Mare:
1 scoop davis 12% pellets
1 handfull soaked alfalfa cubes
1/3 cut ground flax seed
1 scoop glucosamine 99s

Weanling:
1 scoop davis 12% pellets
1/3 scoop soaked beet pulp
1 handfull soaked hay cubes
1/3 cup flax seed, ground

Plus as much has as they can eat, as the grass is now dying
They are on almost the same diet despite the 10 year age difference.
The weanling gets beet pulp, for fiber, to keep his stool from being too loose.
     
    10-18-2009, 11:48 PM
  #4
Started
Beau:
Am - 2lb. Blue Seal Carb-Guard
Pm - 2lb. Blue Seal Carb-Guard, Grand Flex sweet hearts (joint supp.) & Winner's Daily (mulit-vitamin that's good for hooves)

Daisy:
Am - 4lb. Blue Seal Carb-Guard
Pm - 4lb. Blue Seal Carb-Guard, 3lb. (dry weight) soaked Blue Seal Hay Stretcher, MSM joint supplement and Cool Calories.

Cavalina:
Am & pm - 2lb. Blue Seal Contender

The Carb-Guard is 12% protein, 8% fat and is high in fiber and low in starch and sugars. Beau is 9 and Daisy is 16 and both are doing well on it.

Beau gets a joint supplement because he creaks, literally, without it. And a hoof supplement because his hooves chip very easily and he used to have trouble holding a shoe longer than 4 weeks in the summer.

Daisy gets the hay stretcher and cool calories to help her maintain her weight (TB) especially going into the winter. The MSM is just to help her joints a bit since she's older - even though she's a pasture puff ex-broodmare for now.

The Contender feed is 16% protein, 4% fat and is full of nutrients for growing horses, so I feed it to Cav who is 5 1/2 months old. It's pretty complete and Cav does great on it!
     
    10-18-2009, 11:48 PM
  #5
Started
Maddy:
2.5-3 quarts of Strategy
Scoop of select 2 (a horse at the barn got pigeon fever so I upped her vitamins)
Smartpak smarttendon
Smartpak easy keeper
Handful of flax seed

Brodie:
2.5-3 quarts of Strategy
Scoop of select 2
Smartpak bug check
Handful of flax seed

Once I use up all the Strategy I have I am thinking about trying LMF super supplement which will enable me to take out the select 2 and smartpak easy keeper.

If I switch to the LMF I am going to give them both that as well as get some Cosaquin (i think) as well as the flax seed.
     
    10-19-2009, 12:33 AM
  #6
Started
My beau- I was just a a local feed store, I saw a banner for blue seal. I was thinking to myself I've never used/ herd of that brand. Do you like it? Do they have a full array of feeds, like purena or nutrena?
     
    10-19-2009, 12:53 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I feed a forage based diet. Since switching, my horses are healthier, calmer, and they hold their weight better. They rarely get rain rot, thrush, or sick at all (I haven't had a runny nose in two years!). My mare's heats are a lot better, they have a better work ethic, and they're more "peacable" when we have a new herd-mate.

Even my "hard keeper" TBxArabian does great on this diet, with no varriation from the "air fern" easy keeper .

1st, free choice grazing or grass hay, depending on the time of year.

Next, their "goodies", once a day:
  • 1/2 scoop of Alfalfa pellets (about 1.5-2 lbs, 3qt feed scoop)
  • 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (cheap walmart brand)
  • 1/2 cup of Milled Flax
  • A vitamin/mineral supplement that is high in amino acids and "complete"
I have been using a custom blend from HorseTech.com of flax and vitamins/minerals. It's been working great! Their feet are coming in even better and their coats are shiney, even with their woolies showing up with avengence, lol. The cost is $0.87 a day for just the supplement, which is a bit high, but it's worth it to feed just one "thing" (flax and vitamins together) and see the good results. HorseTech.com will make custom blends for no extra charge, including adding "flavoring" if you have a picky eater. They're agreat company.

This natural approach seems to help the horses' metabolism return to normal, which makes weight loss and gain a LOT easier than before. I used to pump my TBxArab full of food just to keep his weight on, 6-8 lbs a day plus mega fat. And I tried all of the good ones, even some of the locally produced mixes. Now, he keeps his weight on 1/3rd the food I was feeding before and is a LOT better behaved, lol.

I won't ever feed a commercial horse feed or grain product again., if I can help it .
     
    10-19-2009, 01:04 AM
  #8
Foal
11 year old Arab, Gypsy- 3/4 quart rolled oats and 1/4 quart strategy PM with biotin and 3 flakes grass hay AM & PM
19 month old POA, Chex- 1 quart rolled oats and 1 quart strategy PM with biotin and free choice hay.

Im going to start adding horse guard as well as maybe alfalfa pellets for Chex? Can anyone recommend a complete feed that will keep their energy levels down? Gypsy is an easy keeper and both can be hot at times.
     
    10-19-2009, 01:07 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Starryeyed    

Im going to start adding horse guard as well as maybe alfalfa pellets for Chex? Can anyone recommend a complete feed that will keep their energy levels down? Gypsy is an easy keeper and both can be hot at times.
See my post above.

Feeding less than the recommended levels of feed is a waste of money. Your horse isn't getting enough vitamins and nutrients to make much of any difference. You're better off feeding just the oats with alfalfa pellets and vitamins. Or, if your horses are still a bit hot, remove the oats and feed only hay pellets with vitamins. My half-Arabian will get hot on even just 1 lb of plain oats a day...
     
    10-19-2009, 08:13 AM
  #10
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
my beau- I was just a a local feed store, I saw a banner for blue seal. I was thinking to myself I've never used/ herd of that brand. Do you like it? Do they have a full array of feeds, like purena or nutrena?
I love the blue seal feeds. My horses used to be on Nutrena's Life Design Prime, but it was getting hard to find around here. And no one seemed to carry Life Design Mare & Foal for my weanling. Blue Seal had really similar feeds and they're cheaper than Nutrena.

They do have many types of feed, including extruded, pelleted and sweet. I also like that they don't change their ingredients to use whatever is the cheapest for them to buy, like Purina and Nutrena do.

Here's the site :)
Blue Seal Feeds, Inc. – Equine Feeds
     

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