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post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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should i be feeding more

my horses are on pasture all day ,i bring them in the arena at night and give about half a bale of grass hay,thier in there from about 7pm til 7am two of them are minatures two are 4 and 6 years, one yearling and a colt.i have mineral offered to them all the time but it seems l should be doing more..they do look good and seem healthy i havent been working them much at all
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Pictures (recent) would be a great help. Have you done a Body Condition Score on each of them?

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It depends on how good your pasture is. As JDI said pics would be help as we can get a better idea of what they look like right now (or a BCS score). Otherwise the only thing I would suggest is giving them a little more hay at night. Ideally you want your horses to have free choice hay for various reasons (all related to the way the digestive tract is designed and the way horses evolved). 1/2 bale seems a little low for 6 horses (even w/ 2 minis). But you want to make sure it isn't too high quality if you're giving a lot because then they'll just get fat
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-18-2009, 10:45 PM
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Honestly, my horses could be on pasture during the day and dirt at night and not need additional feeding. The joys of having easy keepers! But there are also horses who won't.

If your horses are healthy and happy, leave it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If they look to be dropping off, then increase hay or maybe add some lucerne, or something like a ration balancer to give them all the nutrients and minerals they need.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-19-2009, 01:18 PM
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calorie wise they are most likely fine... but nutrition wise they are most likely lacking

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-19-2009, 01:24 PM
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We feed them some grain mixed with a touch of sweet feed (about... a pound twice a day?) and then they are out in a green pasture most of the day. On days they don't get a whole day of grazing, they get 3-4 squares of grass hay.

I would say supplement the grazing/hay with a little grain. It doesn't need to be a whole lot, and it can be either both morning and evening or just one or the other. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-20-2009, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice i'll try to get some pics up, the horses do look good but i guess i'm alittle worried they need more,i think i'll up the hay at night and give alittle grain too,is it true about grain making them hot i live in iowa and its getting hot and humid right now...
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-20-2009, 01:19 PM
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look for a low grain or no grain formula ...

if you just want to give them something look for a ration balancer they are high nutrition, low nsc(sugars/starches), low calorie and low feed level so cost about 50 cents a day (think Flintstone vitamins or one a days) and no need to worry about them getting HOT at all on one..

If you need help finding one in your area give me your zip code and I can help

Being that you are in Iowa I would bet you can get Kent's Horsego32 which is the one I use

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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