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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
our 'large' flakes are only about 8 pounds...far less than he should be getting. My miniature horse eats that much. What do your flakes weigh? If he isn't getting good quality or much grass, he needs 15-20 lbs of hay daily...likely more if you're working him consistently. If he isn't being fed enough, he's going to actually be burning muscle rather than gaining muscle, because he has to get his energy from somewhere other than a food source.
I'd get him on a good suppliment too. His coat is rather shabby looking for this time of year, even if it is still cold where you are- and he's probably missing vitamins.
No, sweet feed is terrible for horses. It makes them hotter and will not promote muscle health or growth. It would be like giving him extra candy bars every day. Try something like Enrich 32 or Omleen 200 if you can't afford it, and maybe some alfalfa pellets.
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Last edited by Endiku; 04-30-2013 at 07:22 PM.