What do YOU feed your horses? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 434
• Horses: 14
What do YOU feed your horses?

I asked this a bit ago inside my hoof post, but I am sure I will get a lot more feedback asking it in its own post.

What do you feed your horses IF you do not feed grain or a sweetfeed mix?

Sweetfeeds are all I've ever know to be fed locally, and I've seen most do great with their weight and condition, but I have read many articles against them and saw many opinions here that mirror those articles, and since I am having issues with one gelding's hooves, I thought I would see what my options are for a pasture kept horse that needs some weight (not a great deal. You can see a pic of Happy in my barn photos) and is rarely ridden. Currently, he gets about 6 lbs of sweetfeed spread out in 3lbs each feeding, a few flakes of hay and 24/7 pasture with mineral block (which I am looking to get a tub from Tractor Supply of Equine minerals and try that instead of the block, though he does use the block). He has put weight on with this since I brought him here in April, but his hoof condition has gotten poor with cracking and overall dryness - though the other horses have great looking feet (all are on some amount of sweetfeed except the very poor rescue mare, and she is on a senior feed).

Thanks for feedback!

Last edited by deineria; 07-27-2009 at 09:18 PM.
deineria is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:23 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,226
• Horses: 5
Baring any medical problems, a horse on a maintenance diet (rarely ridden) shouldn't need any feed at all. We ride our mares all the time and they get free choice hay and only a cup of SafeChoice a day.
We've always followed to add weight, add quality hay; to add muscle add feed+work/excercise.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 434
• Horses: 14
Well, in our pony's case, I give her about a handful of sweetfeed twice a day, plus a little hay and pasture, but I am sure she would maintain well without the feed added, but she loves it so, I do give it to her. The two rescues have to have something more - the pasture and hay will not do it, and in the mare's case, even the senior feed isn't doing it.
deineria is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:50 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Posts: 2,470
• Horses: 8
Both my horses get a cup of soaked alfalfa pellts and a cup of corn daily. My horses are 3 and 15 and are in good health.

My cousins horse, who I am feeding right now, gets four cups of Senior Horse Feed daiy. My cousins horse is about 15 and healthy, but thin... we're working on getting his weight back up.

They'll start getting free choice hay 24/7 in a few weeks (we only feed hay in the winter) and they're on 50 acres of pasture.

Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)
Britt is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 10:29 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Australia (NSW)
Posts: 693
• Horses: 1
just lucernce hay twice a day and all day pasture

Boxer Diligent, loyal, strong
boxer is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 10:34 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Posts: 2,577
• Horses: 1
Morning and Evening:

Hay: 2 flakes or Bermuda
Grain: 1 pound whole oats
+ half cup veg. oil, but not for Sunny!

Hay: 2 flakes Bermuda
Grain: 1/2 pound oats
+ 1/4 cup veg. oil

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
Sunny06 is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 11:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 0
All my horses are on pasture 24/7 and in the summer, they have free access grass/alfalfa bales (the big square ones). In the winter, we switch to full alfalfa bales just for the added nutrients. They have access to salt blocks and get cake (I don't know the proper name for it) as treats. Since he is not in work, I would advise against feeding any type of grain or sweet feed just because it does increase his chances of colic. He should do fine on a strickly forage/roughage diet. Since you are having issues with his feet, you might include a supplement designed to grow healthy and strong hooves but nothing else.

For horses who are hard keepers, there are supplements and whole feeds designed to keep/put weight on them that work so much better than sweet feeds, they are too high in sugar and are generally not the type of nutrition that is needed by a rescue.
smrobs is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 04:17 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 96
• Horses: 1
Here is my current winter recipe:


.Mare Nuts
.Good Quality Hay


.Barley (good quality)
.Mare nuts (for mums and mums to be, contain vitamins , my gelding still not producing milk!)
. full fat soya (to keep his weight on over winter as he lost quite a bit)
.Pure organic seaweed. (the wonder vitamin and mineral supplement)
. chopped carrots (to garnish)

.load of good quality hay.
yankee doodle is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 09:17 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
I already told you what I feed .

1/2 to 1 scoop of Alfalfa pellets, a vitamin supplement, and some flax. My horses do very well on this diet, even when they're being worked pretty heavily. I feed nearly free choice grass hay, about 20-25 lbs a day.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 11:31 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rochester, New York
Posts: 2,763
• Horses: 1
My mare gets 3 cups of pellet feed in the morning and evening along with about 4 flakes of hay throughout the day.

When God Made Horses, He Painted The Good Ones.
"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day."
Jillyann is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Who decides what you feed your horses? bucky123 Horse Health 1 07-17-2009 05:23 PM
What feed do you use to keep your horses happy and healthy? PersonalAwe1084 Horse Health 11 05-29-2009 11:12 PM
Help feed the horses who lost their feed in the PNW horsesandponies Horse Health 1 01-14-2009 12:04 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 11:35 AM
Horses got into building w/ feed..... Missi Horse Health 25 01-29-2007 11:31 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome