Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
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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