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post #1 of 9 Old 10-11-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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purina miniature horse and pony feed

Does anyone here feed this? I have a pony 42 inches and I don't want to cut out all grain but she's gotten so fat since she came home. She gets all she can eat coastal hay, half a scoop of alfalfa/ oat cubes once a day and a little less than half a scoop of crimped oats morning and evening and a third cup of manna pro rice bran pellets with her evening oats. She's fat and very sassy. Wondering if this " pony" feed would be better for her?
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What makes you think she needs any grain at all?
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On that same^ note, if it's a jealousy thingy (ie, you have to feed big horses near the mini and she throws a fit, etc), why not get a bag of Timothy or Orchard (fewer calories that alfalfa) hay pellets and give her half a pound (or less) when you give everybody else their stuff?
I have an easy keeper mare that I feed 1/4lbhay pellets+a little water to (plus her supplements, day and night) and it takes her some time to finish it all - the water makes it SO much harder to lick the bucket clean fast.

That way, she'll feel like she's eating something but what she will be eating is nothing that will dramatically increase her caloric intake (like alfalfa, rice bran, and oats all do).
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She probably doesnt but the people I bought her from were feeding her a little gtain and she can see me feeding the horse and she'd be having a coniption if she didnt get something too. Was just wondering if this purin feed really is better for ponies in particular. And no she doesn't do any work at the present time.
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Have you looked into ration balancers? A great way for horses to get the vitamins/minerals they need, have a little "treat" and not get a lot of extra calories.
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I fed it to my chubby Arab. He really liked it!
What you could do is give her a tiny handful when the others eat, in a big flat bowl so she has to really take one morsel at a time. Keeps her busy and happy
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There is a reason that your mare is fat- you're way overfeeding her!

Do you know her breed? Many ponies- especially shetlands and miniature horses (which, ofcourse, are technically not ponies, but are very small and often cross bred to result in mixed ponies) are notorious for having finicky stomaches and for getting fat on air. Giving them rich or sugary feed such as pure alfalfa, sweet feeds, and additives such as oats, corn, etc can be detrimental to their health.

That being said, I honestly think that you need to take your pony mare off of everything that you're feeding her- save for the costal hay- and make some changes.

We have a horse farm with over twenty minis and ponies of all life stages and occupations. Show, breeding, companion, therapy, you name it- and we feed very little grain. Most of them are on free choice 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa hay, a few are rationed a flake and a half to two flakes daily. Those that need supplimented with feed (mostly our show and breeders) are given either a Purina Miniature Horse and Pony feed or SafeChoice Special Care Horse Feed from Nutrena. I personally prefer Nutrena, but you have to find what works best for your mare.

Once you select a feed (if she needs one at all- MANY ponies are VERY healthy on just quality hay), you need to calculate just how much to give your mare. The crimped oats are not good for her, and while rice bran is not bad- it is not for easy keepers. My guess is that she doesn't need the alfalfa pellets either. I would start her on 2 cups of a well balanced feed twice daily with nothing else except hay, and see how she does. We have a shetland pony gelding who is 42 inches like she is and, I admit- rather overweight, and we only feed him that amount dispite the fact that he is ridden for therapy 3 times a week. My miniature horse mare eats even less than that- she is on free choice hay normally and is at a perfect weight usually. She just foaled a month ago though and is now on the Nutrena feed- 1/2 a scoop twice a day- and she looks phenominal. They really just don't need much!

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Thank you all for your input. I was originally going to look for something like a pelleted hay extender but then I saw the mi I and pony feed and it sounded like good stuff. So I'm going to switch her to 1/2 scoop twice a day and her coastal hay for now and see how that does with her. She will still get a fresh carrot or apple with her meal however, its those little touches that make life worth living :)

When I learn how to post pics to a thread I'll. Post some of her. She's got a couple of pics on my user profile page. She's the short black one and is just about twice the width now that she was in these photos. I was told she's a shetland/welsh cross but I don't know for sure.The biggest difference I see in her and the shetlands I remember as a child is that she has really slender legs, may have to rethink barrel racing, and I think her head is a little more refined but definitely that thick pony mane :)
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