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    11-02-2010, 03:40 PM
need diet advice for my colt

5 months old just weaned. I took advice from a friend on feeding chaff,pasture mix,speedy beat. After looking into it with more detail I see the speedy beat is a no no. What about the chaff and pasture mix??
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    11-02-2010, 08:53 PM
Speedi beet is fine as long as you soak it

What is your pasture mix??
    11-02-2010, 09:44 PM
Yeah, beet pulp, so long as it hasn't got extra sugar(molasses) in it is fine. According to my nutritionist, it doesn't actually need to be soaked. I too would be more concerned with what is in the 'pasture mix' as these sort of feeds generally contain grain & molasses, which are 'no-nos' IMO.

Very basically, horses are best off on grass hay/long stemmed grass, with the addition of good nutritional supplementation. Youngsters also need more protein, of which lucerne/alfalfa is a good source. Especially with such a youngster that you want to ensure to set up well for life, I would suggest you consult an equine nutritionist for specific details. I personally subscribe to a fantastic service called which has a custom diet analysis program as well as nutritionists at your beck and call.

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