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post #1 of 19 Old 07-10-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet Feed questions

I can remember when I was about 8 and got a pony for xmas and i remember the smell of the sweet feed and loved it lol. Well now I am about to purchase an 8 yr old paint gelding and they were feeding him pellets. I know i can mix the pellets with sweet feed then transition him over to full sweet feed but my question is what percentage of sweet feed do i need to consider? I will more than likely get from tractor supply company but have heard that certain percentages of sweet feed will have the horse too hyper. So being that I will have him in the stable yard for about 2-4 wks, hand grazing him some and feeding hay till i get the pasture complete, what would be a good advisable sweet feed percentage to go with? Just going to be a pleasure riding horse for me and my family thats all
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I wouldn't go with sweet feed. It's basically horse candy. There are so many other better options out there than sweet feed.
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I wouldn't go with sweet feed. It's basically horse candy. There are so many other better options out there than sweet feed.
give me some so i can google them and get more info on them
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I wouldn't go with sweet feed. It's basically horse candy. There are so many other better options out there than sweet feed.
also, what if i got the pellets or another feed, and sweet feed and just mix them all the time I feed?
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Just a few brands. I will wait on the feed experts to weigh with better advice.
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Do you know what type of feed the old owner was feeding? If not, find out.

ETA and by type I mean brand.
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Just a few brands. I will wait on the feed experts to weigh with better advice.
more than likely i will get from tractor supply since i heard their's are cheaper. i will also be getting 2 50 lb bags at a time. Going to their site now to see what they have, but i still need to know about them
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Do you know what type of feed the old owner was feeding? If not, find out.

ETA and by type I mean brand.
not sure but will find out. I know it is pellets though. He said he can give me enuff for a few days to mix with whatever i switch to
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What we suggest for feed depends on a lot of factors. Hay quality and amount, pasture time, current condition of the horse, etc.

By the way, TSC isn't always cheaper. My local feed deal is cheaper than TSC is.
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Agreed with ND, sweet feed is not the best choice, especially for an occasional pleasure horse.

Truthfully, most horses do wonderfully on nothing more than some kind of hay. Mine are fed either grass, grass/alfalfa mix, or straight alfalfa and all of them stay slick, shiny, and healthy. If baled hay is hard to come by in your area then some form of hay pellets are a good option. You can get pellets of alfalfa, timothy, and orchard grass in my area plus combinations of them. You would need to check with your local feed store to see what they carry.

Also, horses need roughage to maintain a healthy gut, that means some kind of long stem fiber in the form of grasses or hays. If you don't have any, beet pulp is a good option to use as a replacer.

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