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    10-17-2007, 12:53 PM
  #1
Yearling
What do you feed your horse!

I want a little more idea of what everybody else feeds and how much. I will give you a basic rundown of what Poco gets.

8 lbs of Platform Performance (14% protien, 6%fat)
4 cups Black Oil Sunflower Seeds(25% fat, 3.5 % protien)
5 cups Dried Beet Pulp (13% fat, 6% protien)
1 cup Cracked Corn (5% fat, 1.5% protien)

He also get horse shoers secret supplement. He gets fed twice a day everyday.
     
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    10-17-2007, 01:59 PM
  #2
Showing
I give twice a day

2 small cups of oat
Measuring scoop of Dumor vitamins/minerals pellet mix
2 tbl spoon water mixed with honey (for sweet taste)
1 tbl spoon corn oil

And enough hay. In fact grain most given for vitamins and minerals. They are fat enough not to be fed by protein food.
     
    10-17-2007, 06:46 PM
  #3
Yearling
I give free choice of hay year round because he would rather eat hay. He will not touch oats. If I put it in his feed just as an additive he will not touch it. I will start putting corn oil in his feed here shortly. He gets alot of fat/protien in his diet because of the keeper he is. When winter comes its like an ongoing battle especially because he has never been in a climate below 35 degrees and here in VA it gets down in the single digits.
     
    10-18-2007, 12:35 AM
  #4
Banned
I feed my horse 1 biscuit of hay in the morning and a hard feed which consists of-
4 dippers of lucerne chaff
4 dippers of oaten chaff
1 dipper of no-grain (cracked sun flower seeds rolled in molasses)
1/4 dipper of rice pollard
Handfull of bran
Half a measuring cup of equilibrium mineral mix (i use the measuring cup that comes with it)
Then his feed is dampened with water.
He gets this twice daily.
     
    10-18-2007, 06:47 PM
  #5
Foal
We used to feed our horses three times a day, but then I got a job and coudn't give the lunchtime meal, so we divided their ration into twice a day. Now that I'm home again, I'm going back to three times a day.

So... three times a day a flake of grass hay. Once it cools off for the winter, we'll give half grass and half alfalfa.

(Our young gelding gets a flake and a half since he's a big, growing boy. The baby only gets half a flake. For my mare, I only give her half a flake at lunchtime.)

They get a morning bucket with a scoop of Lakin Lite pellets, a scoop of Equine Senior, and a multi-vitamin supplement. My mare only gets half the pellets and half the Equine Sr. Because she gains weight breathing air, and she also gets a joint supplement.
     
    10-18-2007, 08:24 PM
  #6
Showing
Wow I feel like I'm starving my girls! They get 1 1/2 lb of advanced fomula (its a lifetime feed) horse pellet a day and all the hay they want. They are still getting some grass till the first freeze. They are on grass and pellet in the summer. The babys get 1 lb of pellet and a vitamin mineral supplement. Oh, and a salt block. I only feed once a day. Am I a bad mom? They are all at a good weight and have good feet, coat and attitudes does that count?
     
    10-19-2007, 12:13 AM
  #7
Foal
You sound like a good mom to me. If they get all the hay they want, how is that starving them?

Whenever I've asked a vet or done research on the web, I've found that they say all a horse really needs is good quality hay and clean water.
     
    10-19-2007, 08:01 AM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Wow I feel like I'm starving my girls! They get 1 1/2 lb of advanced fomula (its a lifetime feed) horse pellet a day and all the hay they want. They are still getting some grass till the first freeze. They are on grass and pellet in the summer. The babys get 1 lb of pellet and a vitamin mineral supplement. Oh, and a salt block. I only feed once a day. Am I a bad mom? They are all at a good weight and have good feet, coat and attitudes does that count?
You call it starving! How much weight are they? :) I had both horses on free hay at the last barn plus they got grain twice a day (half scoop), almost no grazing. The 2nd one who came starving became SO FAT everyone (including me) was sure she's pregnant (I ended up consulting the vet). After I moved them to my house I do give hay 3 times a day, cut on grain, and grazing up to 1 hour a day, and they are still rather fat (I don't ride that much though as they are still too young). Lol! However hay is really good and we give them quite a lot. I'v seen starved horses at the other farm and that look horrible. :(

BTW, I have salt block too at all times by the water bucket. They love to drink and spit all water right on top of it.
     
    10-19-2007, 10:03 AM
  #9
Showing
Thanks, I feel better. Guess I just don't get too fancy on the feeding. They are weird eaters, won't eat apples, carrots or any other "good for you" human food and would rather eat the bark and leaves off a tree than grass.
     
    10-19-2007, 10:27 AM
  #10
Foal
Wow! I have always wondered how people in other areas feed.
Where I come from it is not uncommon to just feed hay, unless the horse is a performance horse or very old. My horses are also out on pasture all the time.

I feed two to three flakes of grass hay, and in the winter I add some alfalfa. When we get 15 below zero or more I will make a mixture of bran, molasses, salt and some oats with hot water to help them drink more and poop regular.

All my horses are healthy and have shinny coats, good feet, and are at a healthy weight.
Could someone tell me why so many of you use so much different types of feed? I would like to hear the pro's and con's of it.

Thanks!
     

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