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        05-14-2007, 09:46 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Two square meals of Alfalfa (1 flake each). Maybe 1/2 flake extra for an active horse. 1/2 pound O&B with an electrolyte. Keep it simple. There are 250 healthy happy horses at my stable. That's what they eat.

    If the horse is competing once a week and is worked every day for more than 2 hours.... go see your vet. Be careful. Remember these anmals are designed to carry on at a slow pace and graze.
         
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        05-14-2007, 10:11 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Hey everyone.

    My QH filly is on Acerage in myponga ( not far from me) she is living off grass. She looks amazing and has topline to die for.

    As for my beautiful boy benny he gets fed..

    Oaten hay 2-3 Biccies in the morning ( 8 go out for 3 horsees ).
    At night he gets hard fed which contains - 2 scoops of Completo, 3 of Oaten Chaff (just to bulk it up) and 3 cup sized scoops of Bran.
    Added molasses for a nice taste and mix and serv!.
    He also gets half a biccie of lucern.

    That's what he gets once a day everyday of the week. Oo and can't forget every morning carrots. And at night I give him a coupe hehe.
    Very spoilt horse.
         
        05-17-2007, 08:02 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    8) that's so cute about the carrots ArabianPrincess!
    I have a dilemma of sorts that you all may be able to help with me with especially those of you that have dealt with wild horses......Next week I have 11 wild kaimanawa foals/yearlings coming to my place. (I have become a drop off point before most go to there respective homes) Some will have probably been torn from mum and will be very traumatised Not my choice of handling but the alternative is much worse! Horses for slaughter is still legal in NZ Anyway...none of them will have lived on conventional pasture ever and some if not all will be stressed and I would like some ideas on encouraging apetite? I have ideas of my own but I think you all may have some for me to build on.....PLEASE
         
        05-22-2007, 03:10 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Tumai, I don't think I would do anything to encourage them to eat per se.

    Do you have good pasture for them to graze on? If you do, that's all they'll need. If not, offer them free choice hay. Beyond that, I wouldn't give them anything grain wise. I have 2 reasons for this. 1) As you said, they will be traumatized. Adding grain to their diets could definitely cause them to colic. And I certainly wouldn't want to deal with a wild horse that is colicing.
    2) If they are going to new homes, then do you really want to introduce them to a new grain/feed and then have them have to switch to another brand/type feed when they get home? Once again, asking for them to colic.

    When ever we get a new horse to our ranch, they go for about a week on only pasture and/or hay. Then, once they have "settled down" they are s-l-o-w-l-y introduced to grain/feed.

    It certainly won't hurt them even if they were to lose a couple of pounds.
         
        05-23-2007, 05:17 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Hey TX, thanks for your advice. I wasn't planning on feeding grain as they probably wouldn't eat it having never had it before, I was more interested in herbal ideas that I could add to hay to encourage appetite. Unfortunately I cannot give too much access to pasture until they are quieted a bit as they are wild and have no knowledge of fences....these horses come from living in the central plateau of the North Island of New Zealand amongst two mountains and a volcanoe where there is no or very little fencing, so if I put them straight onto pasture they won't eat but rather run for there lives and likely straight through fences, and I don't want to go there.
    Anyway I do plan to have them live in my cattle yards (7foot wooden and concrete fences) with adlib hay and H20 until they have recovered from there ordeal enough to go with two of my mares into paddocks that are fenced with high tensile deer fencing so any barging will result in bouncing, this applies to the four that I am keeping, the others that will be collected will be straight from the yards. Any how I am looking forward to this challenge, makes a change from looking after the used and abused.
         
        05-23-2007, 11:43 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    My girls are on natural diets, nothing processed.
    2 feeds a day of
    4lt lucerne chaff
    4lt oaten chaff
    3 cups sunflower seeds
    1 cup white millet
    1/2 cup linseed
    2 cups bran
    3/4 cup herb mix
    1 biscuit meadow hay
    1 biscuit oaten hay
    1 biscuit lucerne

    We're still waiting on the grass to come up, which is why I feed a lot of hay, hopefully one day....
         
        05-24-2007, 12:55 AM
      #27
    Foal
    And from the wilds of montana...my two guys (paints) get
    AM two +/- nice flakes of grass hay
    PM two flakes grass hay
    5 c low carb low fat pellets
    strongid daily dewormer
    1 c bran
    1st 7 days of the month, 1 c sandclear

    And regular (brief) turnout on fresh grass (we are working our way up on this, still watching them with a beady eye). And horse cookies (for stretching ) and the odd carrot. Mine get really nippy when hand fed a lot.
         
        05-24-2007, 01:09 AM
      #28
    Foal
    And from the wilds of montana...my two guys (paints) get
    AM two +/- nice flakes of grass hay
    PM two flakes grass hay
    5 c low carb low fat pellets
    strongid daily dewormer
    1 c bran
    1st 7 days of the month, 1 c sandclear

    And regular (brief) turnout on fresh grass (we are working our way up on this, still watching them with a beady eye). And horse cookies (for stretching ) and the odd carrot. Mine get really nippy when hand fed a lot.
         
        05-24-2007, 04:40 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    Hello Frog, what is in your herb mix? Please tell.....and I have never heard of feeding white millet seed before?? What secrets are behind this?? also what sort of linseed do you feed? In oil or powder form?
    Lila, are your paints post wild? (were they mustangs or peviously wild?) Why are you working them up to more time on pasture? Just curious is all.
    Thanks for your posts!
         
        05-24-2007, 08:58 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Well if you'd have asked me a week ago I would definitely have said :wild mustangs" but actually no. As soon as I figure out the pic thing I will post pics of them but one is a loud sorrel paint with blue eyes (note to self, do NOT get a blue eyed horse with no "make up"around his face) and the other is coal black with a bald face and a little white at the top of his tail which is why we call him Skunk ( my very expensive pasture ornament)

    Working up because of founder last year. My pasture is really lush but was told they can be out on it this year (for short periods of time). So we are at about 15-20 minutes at the moment and so far no problelms. Have a grazing muzzle which I hate using but I will if I have to. Cheaper and easier than founder !
         

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