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    12-08-2012, 09:13 PM
Question help on getting my horses' feed right

I'm feeding my older gelding STOCK AND STABLE pelleted horse feed:
12% protein, 2% fat, 15% fiber

HOW MUCH should I give him every day?

He was VERY overweight this summer ( prev.owners ) and he has probably lost 100 lbs - he looks nice now and he is on free-range hay now + getting ridden 2 or 3 times each week. So he gets plenty of excercise....

I'm also going to be putting him on 4 oz. Of ground flax, because he has dandruff/dry skin. That's fattening too??

So I don't want too much fat into him, but I need a feed to mix in with the flax.
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    12-09-2012, 11:02 AM
How much are you feeding him now? Is that stock and stable feed a sweet feed? The stock and stable feed that fleet farm carrys is a sweet feed. And its junk wouldnt feed it to my horses. You would be better off feeding a RB or just giving some alfalfa pellets to mix with the supplements. Even beet pulp works well for mixing supplements in. If he's a easy keeper you don't want to feed much of any grain. My easy keepers get no grain just hay and a vitamin mineral mix.
    12-10-2012, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
ITA with Spirit. I wouldn't be giving sweet feed to an easy keeper at all. Adding in a ration balancer or vit/min supplement would cover his nutritional needs (most of these are pelleted and very palatable, so no need to mix it in to anything). If it turns out that this along with free choice hay isn't enough, you can easily add something like rice bran, beet pulp, or alfalfa to the diet to maintain weight- but I'd wait until he's been on the new diet for a few weeks to see how he responds before putting extra calories in there.

feed, flax, health, weight

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