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    01-30-2013, 11:23 PM
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Foal
Pony folks need advice?

I recently became owner of my first pony. The people I bought him from were feeding him around 4lbs (2 ice scoops) of alfalfa 2x a day. He is a bit under 12 hands and probably weighs between 400-450 lbs. They said he had alfalfa hay before without problem.

I am feeding him alfalfa hay 4lbs 2x a day.

Do I also give him monthly psyllium treatment? Should he also get a salt block? A ration balancer?

My horses get the above and individual supplements as needed but I do not know if you do the same thing for ponies???????
     
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    01-30-2013, 11:36 PM
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Yearling
My pony and the minis get similar diets, just smaller rations. All horses, ponies, minis, etc. should have free choice access to a salt block or loose salt. If the pony isn't underweight, I wouldn't worry about a ration balancer. I would also try to get a nibble net or slow feeder net so his hay lasts longer, unless he's on pasture.
     
    01-31-2013, 01:05 AM
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Trained
Is that alfalfa pellets or baled alfalfa? If it is baled alfalfa "separated", the ice scoop must be really large. If it is high quality alfalfa, I would say 8 lb a day is on the high side for a 400 lb pony, unless he is worked.
     
    01-31-2013, 05:44 AM
  #4
Yearling
IMHO ponies are just smaller horses. I treat them the same as my horses.
     
    01-31-2013, 01:47 PM
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Foal
Ok good then I will do the monthly psyllium and get his salt block.

He WAS on 2 ice scoops, approx 4 lbs of alfalfa pellets 2x a day at last home.

He had been on baled alfalfa previously and tolerated well, since that is what I already feed my others I just converted him from pellets to flakes.

I will try to get a net for him, I was worried as I had read about horses getting tangled in nets and I am not home during the day to supervise.
     

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