Originally Posted by cowgirlfitzy
I know there is another thread going around right now on what you feed your horse. I was just hoping someone could give me their recommendations for what I should feed mine.
They currently get almost free choice alfalfa/grass mix hay. I feed a lot and often so they pretty much get to eat all day if they would like. Then they get Purina Ultium (love this stuff!) about 2 lbs a.m. And p.m. Then they get ground flax seed, 1 cup of black oil sunflower seeds, 1 cup of oats and 1 ounce squirt of Coco Soya. They get that a.m. And p.m. As well.
Dallas - 6yr AQHA Gelding - 980lbs, moderate work (usually 4 days a week) All around horse WP, HUS, Speed, the works.
Sony - 3 yr APHA Filly - probably about 900lbs??? Light work ( about 4 days as well just not ridden very hard) All around pleasure prospect.
Dallas seems to be doing well on this program. I guess most of my concern is about Sony. She is young and growing. I have had only for 2 weeks and seems to doing well. The person I got her from had me start the oats, I never fed this prior. So I guess whats good for adding extra calories but is inexpensive?
All that fat is a bit excessive. Horses can only process about 2-2.5 cups of total fat a day. You're feeding more than that when you consider the fat content of the Ultium plus the flax, BOSS, and cocsoya oil.
Personally, I would feed just the ultium and cocosoya, and NONE of the rest (no oats either). If they need more food to keep their weight on, then your hay might not be the best quality OR the Ultium might be too high energy and causing your horses to burn too many calories.
That is exactly what happened when I started feeding it to my anglo gelding. Just to keep barely enough weight on him, he was getting 6 lbs a day plus 1 lb (about 1.5 cups) of rice bran, plus nearly free choice bermuda hay. When we switched him to hay pellets, flax, and vitamins, he GAINED weight on just 3 lbs of pellets (alfalfa since my hay is 100% grass) and 1 cup (4 oz by weight) of Flax, and maintains weight and muscle tone nicely on 1.5 lbs of pellets and 1/2 cup (2 oz) of flax (with added vitamins of course).
So, if your horses really NEED all that feed and fat just to stay at a good weight, then Ultium may not be the right choice for you. Between the alfalfa/orchard hay and ultium, they are getting a LOT of digestible energy, which increases metabolism, which makes them burn more calories, which makes them need more feed/calories.