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    10-20-2007, 02:00 AM
It seems to me most of the above people feed so many different things to balance their horses rations so they get the proper ratios of nutrients. I have a hard keeper and he was 300 lbs underweight when I got him and he was growing so I had him on 6 lbs of rice bran 12 lbs of beet pulp (dry) and 8 lbs of LMF showtime as it is high in fat and balanced. Now that he is at an even weight he is getting 10 lbs LMF Gold which is a complete feed and balanced correctly to match the hay in California. For supplements being young all he gets is electrolytes, platinum performance to keep him on top of his game and a vitamin B complex to improve nerve function as he has a tendency to get his mind so full he doesn't know what to do with himself. For roughage he gets12 lbs of grass hay for breakfast, 5 lbs of grass hay pellets for lunch and 6 lbs of grass hay and 8 lbs of alfalfa for dinner. If anyone lives in California or Oregon LMF Gold is a miracle feed I recomend it to any highly conditioned event or endurance horse or a hard keeper. I introduced it into my barn full of eventers who were feeding way to much concentrates to keep weight on their horses and now they all feed LMF Gold and our ulcer rate has gone down, we feed ALOT less grain and our horses seem healthier and happier with more balanced temperments.
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    10-20-2007, 01:40 PM
I feed Poco several different things because he gets more fat from others and he is such a picky eater so anything he will eat he will get. Out of 10 different feeds he will only eat 2 of them. He wont touch his feed if is has alfalfa or any type of powder/crumble supplement. He just smells it and walks off. Electrolytes have to be given in a paste because he wont eat his grain if its in there. HIs hoof supplement is a pellet formula so when I soat his feed it just swells in with it. So I feed a variety because of the way he is. He loves beet pulp and BOS. The cracked corn is just a little extra fat.
    10-21-2007, 03:16 PM
My horses are on 20-80 acres depending on the season. They normally have 24-7 pasture access. I supplement as needed with Alfalfa pellets, BOSS and some Beet Pulp. Cheno, my old Appy gets the big portion while the others each get a bit so they dont' feel left out. Winter I up it accordingly depending on the weather and their condition. They are fed prairie hay as well as pickings in pasture all winter. The App gets Corta Flx and MSM.

I am planning on trying him on Kool & Kalm this winter as it's said to help rebuild lost condition. http://aussielogic.com
    10-22-2007, 03:26 AM
WOW I can't believe what everyone feeds there horses, I have a really good doer who is always fat. My pony just has a couple of scoops of lucerne chaff, a couple of scoops of oaten chaff, a handful of black sunflower seeds and about 100g of Groom (mineral and vitamin supplement) once a day.
Every morning and afternoon he is let out onto a paddock of grass for an hour or two and if we havent got time he has a biscuit of hay twice a day. He can't be left on the grass cause he would get to fat to quick. In the winter when its really cold he just has a scoop of oats added to thet diet. Also lots of carrots!!!
    10-22-2007, 04:59 AM

I feed a "mash" morning and night and they don't have grass to graze on so I get the big round bales of grass hay for constant grazing.

Mash consists of:

1 scoop lucerne chaffe
1 scoop wheaten chaffe
1 small jug of rice bran
1 small jug of millrun (wheat bran)
1 small jug of calm performer pellets
Handful of soaked cracked lupins
Measured scoop of equilibrium b1 cool mix (COMPLETE vitamin, mineral and electrolyte supplement)
Tsp of garlic
Apple cider vinegar

They also get 2 flakes each of lucerne hay with their meals

And that's their menu :)
    10-22-2007, 08:16 AM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco
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. :?
Both mine never seen treats in life before I got them. However I did train them to carrots and later they started apples as well. I found "carrot sticks" treats in local tack shop (they are expensive thogh) and somehow horses love them (all horses I know at least), so I started mine with them. As long as they get used to those "sticks" I moved them to normal carrot. Now they are begging for treats all around. Lol!
    10-22-2007, 08:45 AM
Wow! A horse that doesnt like apples and carrots...i never thought it possible lol the things you learn hey
    10-22-2007, 11:39 AM
In fact, mine didn't eat apples at all for more than year. Don't know why. Suddenly they started to eat them, and now prefer them over the carrot (well, if these are nice SWEET apples). :) So I think it depends on horse a lot. My young one didn't know what grain is as she came wild, so it took her 2 days to learn it's good stuff.

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