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    04-28-2007, 04:19 PM
  #11
Foal
Morning 7am : 2 kg hay ½ liter oats(300 g)
Midday 12am: 2 kg hay no oats
Evening 6pm: 3 kg hay ½ liter oats(300 g) and 50 g Racing Mineral
Night snack 11pm: 4 kg hay no oats
     
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    04-30-2007, 08:17 PM
  #12
Weanling
:) Wow Susanna, You are committed to regular feeding! Does your horse live out at grass too? Why do you feed oats? Energy? Do you find them heating and how did you come to that amount? I'm interested as I havn't fed oats in years, wonder if I should take another look at that.
     
    05-01-2007, 12:03 AM
  #13
Foal
I feed twice a day.
Breakfast: 1 flake orchard grass.
Dinner: 1 flake orchard grass, 1/2 lb. Purina Farr XTN, 1/2 cup Boss (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds), 1cup rice bran. Until I use up what I have, 1/2 qt. Oat hay pellets. And, 1 tsp. Probios

Why: I live in the desert, no pasture at all. I like to feed grass hay. Orchard instead of bermuda because I am allergic to bermuda. :(
The XTN, is for a little grain and minerals, although I may just start giving some mineral supplements.
The boss and rice bran are for sand clearing. The sand in my area as well as in Palm Springs and Australia does not mix with Psyllium. It turns into a green glue (I'm not kidding,) that actually causes colic! So, since Christy lives on dirt... And loves to just eat the stuff... I give boss and rice bran. She has not had any sand for the last 2 months, since I started giving them. And she has a very nice shinny coat, mane and tail. :)
The probios is because she has had sooo much diarrhea in the past, that her system has not yet had a chance to develop a good intestinal digestive enzyme system. So, I help out a little. Will cut out when she has a chance to develop her own bacteria.

She is getting the oat hay pellets because she used to have super soft feet, and it is kind of left over from a previous diet that didn't work out well. I have a little over 50 lbs. Left... So I just give her a little/day.

I also give oat hay pellets in the winter to help keep her warm. She has a corral with run in shelter, and I don't blanket, as I don't need to. She is a nice toasty girl. :) (And yes, I did go out at 4 AM to check and make sure the night it got down to 8 deg. Burr.)
     
    05-01-2007, 10:56 AM
  #14
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by tumai
:) Wow Susanna, You are committed to regular feeding! Does your horse live out at grass too? Why do you feed oats? Energy? Do you find them heating and how did you come to that amount? I'm interested as I havn't fed oats in years, wonder if I should take another look at that.
Hmm..here at the moment no to use anything else grains like oats. Others use concentrates. It's energyfood. Here also usually to feed horses three or four times at the day.
Horses are at grass from the beginning of June end of October. Now she has not been at grass yet cos she just desensitize to grass.
I'm not intrested my mare's heating...why sholud? Do I misunderstand something?
     
    05-01-2007, 02:33 PM
  #15
Foal
Quote:
Hmm..here at the moment no to use anything else grains like oats. Others use concentrates. It's energyfood. Here also usually to feed horses three or four times at the day.
Horses are at grass from the beginning of June end of October. Now she has not been at grass yet cos she just desensitize to grass.
I'm not intrested my mare's heating...why sholud? Do I misunderstand something?
In the US, we usually feed twice a day. Some feed only once a day. And a few feed three times a day, if their horse has medical problems and has trouble with an empty stomach. So when you said you feed four times a day, it's like wow! Not a bad thing, just different.
Also, we use grains including oats as a "hot" food. Since as the horse is digesting this it creates a lot of heat in their belly. This helps to keep them warm at night when it is cold. And with many horses, especially if they are getting quite a bit of grain/oats, it can make them have a lot of energy (somethmes too much ) It's called having a "hot horse." Just means they have too much energy from all the sugar and starch. :)
     
    05-01-2007, 06:01 PM
  #16
Foal
Do you have a some web information pages where telling horses feeding? As you care for it.
     
    05-01-2007, 06:26 PM
  #17
Foal
Here are a few.
http://www.esc.rutgers.edu/publicati...tion/FS038.htm

http://www.admani.com/AllianceEquine/

http://www.nutrenaworld.com/PageTemp...rsePortal.aspx

You can do a search for equine nutrition and probably find some others.
:)

When I got Christy, I talked with a Vet. About what she should eat, he set me up with what and when to feed her. It didn't work well, as she apparently has some problems. I changed vet's and now he and I are working out a feeding plan that will work for her. She is mostly quarter horse, and has probably some tying-up problems. We arn't sure yet. He needs to do a blood test when she is in pain and colicing. (And right now he is recovering from an injury and is not available. :( )

The gelding a 1/2 appy, 1/2 morgan I had before I got Christy, was just fed 1 flake orchard and 1 qt. Bermuda pellets in the morning, and 1 flake alfalfa and 1 qt. Oat pellets in the evening. He did great. Christy, does not tolerate alfalfa, so she needs the grass hays. (And I am allergic to bermuda grass... :( )
     
    05-01-2007, 08:12 PM
  #18
Foal
I don't like to grain my horses because grain jsut gives horses mroe energy and they get hott unless im about to do a barrel run I will grain them once a day two or three days before the race then I instantly stop and take them on a trail ride

I feed 3 of my horses half alf and half oat my other a flake of grass hay
     
    05-02-2007, 05:05 AM
  #19
Weanling
Sorry Susanna to confuse you! Yes I mean't does the oats make her have too much energy or hot as in hot headed or maybe a bit too energetic, just as Desert Gal described (thankyou! 8) ).
I also don't know many people who feed more than three times a day other than endurance buddies. I mean't WOW you are dedicated and from what I know about equine nutrition it is better to feed little and often but it is not always practical for most of us to do so we feed less often. It is unusual for me to hear that some horses don't live at grass or pasture most of the time, but not a bad thing. In the past when we fed our horses grains like oats I did not mind the drama involved with riding hot headed horses but I am older and I don't bounce well these days so have avoided feeding them. I do have a couple that could do with more energy so I may look into feeding oats again.
I am finding the feeding habits of others really interesting, and am learning some new ideas so keep your posts coming.
     
    05-02-2007, 12:05 PM
  #20
Showing
I give 12% sweet feed (locally mixed) half-scoop morning, half-scoop evening (small scoops) to both. Plus 2 flakes each morning and evening of timothy. They are both very young though, so need grain to grow etc.
     

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