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    08-21-2011, 08:55 AM
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Green Broke
What do we feed and why?

Feeding is such a confusing thing for a lot of people. So many things out there, so many different brands and not to mention all the supplements. I used to throw all kinds of stuff into a mix and almost never saw a result I liked.

So many different horses and disciplines, ages, health issues that determines how and what we feed.

If you have a rescue horse and it is severely underweight, what would you do to get this animal back on track?

A young horse you want to have grow?

A young horse starting some training, light to hard?

To maintain a riding horse used 2-3 times a week? Again, light to hard work.

A show horse that you are getting ready for show. Be it Western pleasure to barrels to racing?

A senior horse?
Hard keeper?
Easy keeper?
Teeth or no teeth?

My point to this thread is some people don't know the answers to these questions. Having a thread based on just feeding and experiences may be very helpful. One thread to look everything up.

There doesn't need to be Any arguing as Everyone has what works for them. Just like your clinicians for training, its nice to take a little info from each clinician and do what works for them.

In my opinion, I think there is way too much crap being fed to our horses. I believe that its not about the health of the horse but about making money off of people. Things that aren't really necessary. I only want the best for my horse and I'm sure the rest of you do too. But how far and how much are we spending when maybe we really don't need to?
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    08-21-2011, 09:03 AM
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Showing
I think this is a great idea mb! I'll share when I get a chance to get on my pc. I have at least one in all categories except rescue.
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    08-21-2011, 12:22 PM
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Foal
Great thread!
I use nutrena's safechoice for my horses ranging in age from 5 months-7yrs old. I know some people don't like it, but like you said..to each his own. It has done great for my horses. I don't have horses with any kind of metabolic disorders, so I do feel that it is safe for all classes of horses.

I also like to mix in soaked alfalfa cubes to supplement them with. They are on pasture 24/7 and have round bales when weather gets cold or grass is sparse.

I have one mare that I am working on putting weight back on. She gets farnam weight builder and it's working great. I have also used empower boost, but felt that she wasn't gaining like I had hoped after a month.

They also get omega horseshine added to their feed. I like that it is flax based and has omegas 3, 6, and 9 in ratio's. I just started to use this, but like the results I get with flax based products like the weight builder. Puts a nice, healthy sheen to em.

That is what I feed in a nutshell. I'm intrigued to see what everyone else feeds too!
     
    08-21-2011, 12:35 PM
  #4
Green Broke
It is very interesting. The info given might help the next person. That's why I started it.

I have a 21/2 year filly. I thought of mixing a whole concoction of things to get her weight back but I listened to my bf and went with just rolled oats. Plain nothing else and within one month she gained about 100lbs. Never in my life would I have thought that just oats would put on weight but it did and I didn't have to spend a bunch of money on other useless feeds. However, I am using a dressing of some sort of supplements that someone gave to me.

Plus some salt blocks.
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    08-21-2011, 12:53 PM
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Foal
Oh yeah...forgot to mention the mineral/salt block that is always available. Usually after they eat dinner they gather round the block for a few minutes.
     
    08-21-2011, 01:03 PM
  #6
Yearling
Access to a mineral block, timothy/alfalfa grass hay, Purina Healthy Edge for my 5-9 year olds and Triple Crown senior for my 16 year old mare. I'm happy with both products.
     
    08-21-2011, 07:48 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by mbender    
In my opinion, I think there is way too much crap being fed to our horses. I believe that its not about the health of the horse but about making money off of people. Things that aren't really necessary. I only want the best for my horse and I'm sure the rest of you do too. But how far and how much are we spending when maybe we really don't need to?
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I certainly agree with this. We very much believe in keeping it simple. Our mares (lightly worked, easy keepers) have a mineral block, pasture, free choice hay, and a couple cups of a performance grain mix from the local mill. They have never been sick, have good feet, are ready to ride anytime, and can go all day with energy to spare.
     
    08-21-2011, 10:29 PM
  #8
Showing
Mine all get pasture that is timothy/orchard/bluegrass. Stallions, mares/foals & outside training horses come in at night. They all get free choice minerals & free choice grass hay. Mine are easy keepers for the most part and all get regular exercise (some more than others). Any supplements are split amongst feedings.

The mares get Enrich 32 ration balancer to supplement pasture, no hard feed needed. Buttons also gets MSM & Yucca as she has mild arthritis.

Hondo (ridden 3 x's wk) He is our oldest at 29 & gets chopped alfalfa/timothy instead of grass hay, 4 lbs Strategy GX, desert yucca & DAC foundation formula twice daily.

Dynasty - 15 yo stud, daily pasture 2 lbs Strategy GX twice daily.

Lacey (has 14 wk old stud colt on her side) Daily pasture, Ultium Growth 4 lbs 3 times a day. Merit is now being fed on his own a small amt as well.

Woodstock - 5 lbs Strategy GX twice daily + electrolytes & SmartTendon for support of an injury sustained last fall.

Pella - yrlg filly - 3 lbs Ultium Growth + DAC foundation formula twice daily.

Outside training horses are fed owner's choice.
     
    08-21-2011, 11:49 PM
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Foal
All 4 of my boys get 2 gallons of feed per day, 1 gal in the morning and 1 at night. They are turned out from 8am to 8pm on pasture and have a mineral and salt block that they can access anytime.
My gaited paint Sunny(11yrs) gets straight sweet mix. He's a super easy keeper and doesn't require much. Heck, he's too fat now! Lol
The Appendix Joker(7yrs) gets half sweet mix and half oat pellets.
My APHA halter gelding(6yrs) Cisco gets straight oat pellets with 2cups of Nutrena Empower Boost. I LOVE that stuff. It put weight on him in no time at all and never once made him "hot". He was at least 100lbs underweight and if you look up his pic in my barn, you can tell he's at a good weight now! :)
My appaloosa Blue(24yrs) gets half Purina Equine Senior and half oat pellets, plus the supplement SeniorFlex.

All of them are ridden for hours on the weekends on woodsy trails and each performs like a champ. They also get high quality bermuda hay with each meal as well.
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    08-22-2011, 12:01 AM
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Trained
Aires gets about a flake and a half of alfalfa morning and night (going to ask the BO if he can feed more due to the growth spurt Aires is going through), plus a scoop and a half of bermuda/alfalfa mix pellets for lunch.
     

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