What do YOU feed your horses? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 01:03 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hawthorne, FL
Posts: 852
• Horses: 2
my horse/s are on 24/7 turn out on bahea (sp) grass. i used to use safechoice when i ran my own barn, then they had some special seminole feed at the boarding stable i was at. Right now i'm trying something called Cool Balance that is supposedly comparable to Safechoice and my horsie loves it! lol anybody have an opinion on that feed?

i also feed 1/5 of corn oil and apple cidar vinegar and 1 cup of beet pulp each feeding

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
FoxyRoxy1507 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 20 Old 07-28-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 434
• Horses: 14
Thanks. I wondered today at Tractor Supply about buying oats, but I was not sure if I should bother. I think I will try a slow transition to Alfalfa pellets, rice bran and beet pulp from the sweet feed I buy currently. With the two underweight, should I bother with oats? Looking at what everyone here mentions, I am guessing not. Their pasture is a bit sparser than most, as a pony and the gelding are on one 3 acre lot, so I do give about 2-3 flakes of orchard grass hay in the morning and evening. The very thin mare is on one acre, and the grass is still so high, she didn't eat the hay I was providing in addition, so I stopped offering that to her (she is on a senior feed, no sweet feed).

My Arab mare is stalled and not turned out (I have electric fence, and her prior owner was against turning her out in it because she felt sure she'd go right through it), and she gets about 15 lbs of hay a day (or 1/3 a bale) and about 6 pounds total of sweet feed (split up through the day), but as I mentioned, she looks so great, I hesitate to mess with what I feed her since coats, weight and hooves are fantastic.

It was only recently we got a local Tractor Supply, and until then the only options were small feedstores, and they didn't sell option in feed really. You could buy sweet feed in 10%, 12% and 14% and an equine senior feed, and that was it.

Thanks again!
deineria is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 07-29-2009, 11:48 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Vermont
Posts: 23
• Horses: 1
My girl is on pasture almost 24/7,(in with 2 flakes hay if the weather is bad) and would maintain a healthy weight on just that (VERY easy keeper). However, she cannot have mineral blocks, so she is on a multivitamin and mineral supplement plus a joint supplement, so she gets just enough Charger to mix her supplements in for her evening meal. In the morning she gets just a handful of Charger because all the other horses where I board get fed 2x daily and it would be cruel to not give her ANYTHING.

...ride like there's no tomorrow...
TequilaSunrise is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old 07-29-2009, 03:15 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indianapolis, In
Posts: 10
• Horses: 3
My farriar raves about the improvement my horses feet since using the TSC mineral loose. The one I recommend is the horse minerals, the brown back w/ green writing. I can't remember the exact name. I hope your TSC is better than mine. They are not real consistant about what they keep in stock and as a result I am looking for a new place to buy grain.
Gutzzyhorse is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 07-29-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 434
• Horses: 14
I was going to pick up a bag of the TSC minerals, but they were out yesterday. We've just been going to this one about 1 month, so I hope it end up keeping the few things I can get no where else locally.
deineria is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old 07-29-2009, 08:11 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Posts: 601
• Horses: 8
I guess I'm old school. I feed sweet feed (Vitality 10%) and hay, whatever hay I can get that is good, mostly Coastal Bermuda. I also feed Alfalfa cubes, soaked.

The only time my horses have colicked was due to HAY not sweet feed, so I don't know where that idea comes from (as mentioned in an above post). I rarely have horses colic. I think a lot of colic is more management practice than what you are feeding (of course I'm not talking about feeding moldy or bad feed).

Also, I have to wonder, those of you feeding just hay all seem to use vitamin supplements? Why? Why not just include a well balanced feed with the hay?
7Ponies is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old 07-29-2009, 08:40 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 886
• Horses: 16
RACEHORSES:

Purina- Horsemans Edge Sweet Feed
3x per day- use a 2lb folgers resealable can to scoop size
+1 scoop Bounce Back per day (basically just baking soada and some vitamins)

3-5 pads of hay/day depends on how much the horse tends to eat

BROODMARE:

Vintage Charger when not in foal 2X/day in 2lb folgers can size
OR
Vintage Mare And Foal when in foal and until foal is weaned 3X/day folgers can size

as much hay as she wants + some grass in turnout (the season has been so bad that our pastures are just mud!!!)
AlmagroN is offline  
post #18 of 20 Old 07-30-2009, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 434
• Horses: 14
Well, the 8 yr old Arab mare I have is in flawless condition, and she has always been fed 10% Sweet Feed and hay, nothing else. I will say, the sweet feed seems to be failing the gelding, but that is likely due to the neglect he came from prior. Thanks very much for the answers.
deineria is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old 07-30-2009, 12:32 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
What is sweetfeed? I think we might call it something different in AUS...

My horses are on pasture 24/7, but due to the drought it is very sparse and dry pasture. They still only get a biscuit of lucerne/alfalfa at night, plus one scoop of vitality plus (mix of grains, pellets, nuts, chaff, molasses, + trace minerals and vitamins). In summer when there is actually some feed we drop the biscuit of hay. They maintain fine on this, even when in heavy work.

wild_spot is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old 07-30-2009, 01:13 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
My horse is on grass all day, he is fed in flakes (my barn - not me) and gets 1-2-1-2 which really varies depending on who is feeding. He gets a 30% alfalfa hay.
He is also fed 2.5kg of a complete mineral ration (Hoffman's horse ration) and a handful of oats, spread out over 3 feedings.
He is ridden hard 6 days/week and is a very good weight with good muscle.

With poor feet, you want to stay away from starchy foods (so oats or sweet feed). If you absolutely have to give him something then give him some complete feed and he'll at least be getting some balanced minerals and fat/protien out of the whole deal.

Good luck!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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 06:23 PM
What feed do you use to keep your horses happy and healthy? PersonalAwe1084 Horse Health 11 05-30-2009 12:12 AM
Help feed the horses who lost their feed in the PNW horsesandponies Horse Health 1 01-14-2009 01:04 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 12:35 PM
Horses got into building w/ feed..... Missi Horse Health 25 01-30-2007 12:31 AM

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