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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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The Right Diet ?

What do you think the right diet for a 5 year old eventer is? Like what types of grain should he/she be on, how often should they eat. I'm thinking of buying another horse But, honestly, I don't know a thing about horse nutrition. I know I want something that won't ruin joints, help the coat stay nice and shiny, and overall keep him/her happy and healthy The horse will probably be in medium work 4-6 days a week and will be competing up to novice in the summer. It'll also have access to hay and possibly grass at all times. Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 04:27 PM
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I think that's a very personal thing. Each horse has different needs and many do well on different things.
My daughters horse does dressage and jumping as well as 4h stuff. She eats a diet of small shred molasses free beet pulp, barley, oats and black sunflower seeds. Along with this she gets free choice grass hay and a small amount of alfalfa. This works for HER, no processed feeds are my goal- I want to see what goes into her. I hate molasses-
She looks stellar on this. For some horses I would take the oats out, for some I would add grass pellets in, some would need oil. Ya know?
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I think that's a very personal thing. Each horse has different needs and many do well on different things.
My daughters horse does dressage and jumping as well as 4h stuff. She eats a diet of small shred molasses free beet pulp, barley, oats and black sunflower seeds. Along with this she gets free choice grass hay and a small amount of alfalfa. This works for HER, no processed feeds are my goal- I want to see what goes into her. I hate molasses-
She looks stellar on this. For some horses I would take the oats out, for some I would add grass pellets in, some would need oil. Ya know?
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See that's my problem.. Like I have NO IDEA what your talking about haha. And can you maybe tell me her hieght, breed and maybe put up a picture? I'm very picky about how my horse looks weight wise, I just don't know how to get there and mantain it if that makes sence. And I want to know what the average event horse should/has been eating. But thanks, I'm looking this all up right now.
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Well, she's a quarter. She's training dressage. I'd say she's about 1000 lbs.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 11:25 PM
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A good place to start would be Kentucky Equine Research. Kentucky Equine Research
You can ask them to help you formulate a diet for your horse. As a guide, below are 3 different horses and their diets. All are fed hay morning and night. Angel is stabled at night, Joe and GK are paddocked 24/7.


My friend feeds her 7yr old Pre-Novice (EvA105) TB Eventer
2 1/2 plastic feed scoops of Pegasus Liberty
1 x 5L bucket of Lucerne chaff
1 cup of Omega Feeds Weight Gain.

This is Joe-
Joe1.jpg
Joe3.jpg

What Joe gets fed is pretty much the same as my bosses 2* & 3* horses.

I feed my 15yr old Intro 1 (EvA80) Andalusian x TB/Riding Pony Eventer
1 x 5L bucket Lucerne chaff
1 x 5L bucket Oaten chaff
1 cup black sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups flaky bran
1 teaspoon kelp
1 teaspoon dolomite
1 teaspoon brewers yeast
60ml Apple Cider Vinegar
20g rosehips
and 3 times a week he gets a 2 cups of Millet and 1 cup of Linseed (Flaxseed) boiled up.

This is GK -
GKharv.jpg
GKgidge.jpg

Another friends 7yr old Welsh x Pinto eventer mare gets
1/2 a 5L bucket of Oaten chaff
1 plastic feed scoop of speedi beet (after it has been soaked)
1 teaspoon of garlic
1/4 of a cup of Equijewel

Angel -
Angelcakes.jpg
Angelcakes1.jpg

All of them are in good condition, all of them are fed completely differently.
It depends on the horse, their workload, their breed and their temperament.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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Depends highly on the specific horse and his metabolism. My good friend had 2 horses that she evented (she just sold one of them). Both were in about the same amount of work (alternating days between the two, so each was ridden every other day during the week, usually showing 3 out of every 4 weekends during the summer) One was an easy keeper Morgan, the other a TB. The Morgan got 1/2 lb of senior grain a day, the TB got 6 lbs of the same. They both got Platinum Performance (1 scoop for the TB, 2 scoops for the Morgan) and Cosequin ASU on top of that.
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