12-20-2011, 08:24 PM
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I give 1/2 scoop sweet feed (12%), and 2 flakes of hay in the morning and late afternoon. In between those feeds, however, I give a generous portion of lightly soaked alfalfa cubes (late morning and early evening). With the alfalfa, are of course a handful of carrot nubs/apple chunks as well.
It seems to work very well for my horse, and gives a well rounded nutritional diet.
I used to give her 1/2 scoop of oats mixed with sweet feed, but in my mare's case, it made her hyper even though I excersised her regularly. Each horse is different, with various needs based upon many circumstances.
This simple formula seems to be working very well for my mare, and with the cold winter temps, is still maintaining a good weight!
1/2 scoop sweet feed, 2 flakes hay : early am
Generous scoop soaked alfalfa cubes : late am (carrots/apples)
1/2 scoop sweet feed, 2 flakes hay : late afternoon
Generous scoop soaked alfalfa cubes : early evening (carrots/apples)
*Now that we're into frigid winter temps, I warm the alfalfa cubes in the microwave, and she loves that as a special treat!