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post #1 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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post #2 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:23 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 09:50 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 10:29 PM
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just lucernce hay twice a day and all day pasture

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post #6 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 10:34 PM
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Morning and Evening:

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

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

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post #7 of 20 Old 07-27-2009, 11:25 PM
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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.

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post #8 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 04:17 AM
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Here is my current winter recipe:

BREAKFAST

.Chaff
.Barley
.Mare Nuts
.Good Quality Hay

EVENING MEAL

.Chaff
.Barley (good quality)
.Mare nuts (for mums and mums to be, contain vitamins , my gelding still not producing milk!)
.copra
. 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.
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 09:17 AM
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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.
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 11:31 AM
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My mare gets 3 cups of pellet feed in the morning and evening along with about 4 flakes of hay throughout the day.

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