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    05-15-2008, 12:21 AM
  #1
Weanling
What do you guys feed?

Willy is my first horse, and I can use any advice/opinions from more experienced horse owners on what to feed. I hay him twice a day and at night he gets soaked beet pulp, rice bran and a glucosamine/chondroiton (sp?) vitamin wafer. He used to get Missing Link Plus, but it is very expensive and I went with the wafers by Majesty instead...thinking of going back though because it really made him shiiiiney! He looks great, and has no health issues...just wondering what everyone feeds....?? 8)
     
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    05-15-2008, 02:17 AM
  #2
Green Broke
A.M.
3 flakes hay

PM
3 flakes hay
1.5 lbs. Packer pellets (purina complete feed)
1 cup Mazola corn oil
2 scoops MSM
     
    05-15-2008, 02:36 AM
  #3
Banned
One biscuit of lucerne hay in the morning (weighs about 2-3kg)

At night a hard feed which consists of:
(i am unsure of the exact measurements, they are written in a book somewhere but I can't remember them of the top of my head)

7 dippers of oaten chaff
Small scoop of oats (i think its about 200g)
Dipper of No-Grain (cracked sunflower seeds rolled on molasses)
Half a scoop of Equilibrium ( about 30.5 g I think..)
1/3 dipper of coarse bran ( I think about 150 grams)
Rice pollard (100-200g)
Cold pressed virgin flaxseed oil (20ml)
     
    05-15-2008, 11:19 AM
  #4
Yearling
Re: What do you guys feed?

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Originally Posted by geewillikers
Willy is my first horse, and I can use any advice/opinions from more experienced horse owners on what to feed. I hay him twice a day and at night he gets soaked beet pulp, rice bran and a glucosamine/chondroiton (sp?) vitamin wafer. He used to get Missing Link Plus, but it is very expensive and I went with the wafers by Majesty instead...thinking of going back though because it really made him shiiiiney! He looks great, and has no health issues...just wondering what everyone feeds....?? 8)
What everyone else feeds isn't really what you need to focus on...rather is your own horse's diet balanced and appropriate. Because what someone else feeds is based upon what is available and what they think works.

What kind of hay? Is it good quality? How much by weight are you feeding of it? How much beet pulp by weight are you feeding? How much rice bran? Why are you mixing-n-matching feedstuffs? This is a good recipe for an unbalanced diet unless you have worked the forumulas to make sure you are providing the appropriate balance fo nutrients. Simpler tends to be a better choice for experienced or professional horse owners as well as new horse owners unless the diet has been designed by a nutritionsist.
     
    05-15-2008, 01:35 PM
  #5
Weanling
Okay :)

For the past two years I've leased him. And he's been eating the same thing for years. Previous owner, who I leased from, always feeds beetpulp with ricebran (2 cups soaked to 1 cup stabalized ricebran). I've read this is a beneficial mix - and they compliment eachother well. Willy is not an easy keeper, and the fat content, I believe, is good for him.

As for hay - he gets high quality hay - 1-2 flakes in the morning, 1-2 flakes at night. Like I said - he's doing great- and I understand I wasn't too specific on what I was looking for.... I'm not too educated in feed, although I know it's very important.

Since he is doing well, I might as well keep him on what he's been on?- he's not a performance horse, just a trail horse at this point, who gets some arena work here and there...
     
    05-15-2008, 02:19 PM
  #6
Weanling
Oh, the reason I think the previous owner mix and matched the feedstuffs is due to the calcium in beet pulp and the potassium in rice bran. I've read they balance eachother nicely? The Missing Link was used for bone/cartilage support, and used for skin/coat.
     
    05-15-2008, 03:15 PM
  #7
Yearling
Yes, rice bran and beet pulp can be used to balance each other out, but the way you are feeding rice bran and beet pulp isn't balanced. The ratio is 3 oz of rice bran to 1 pound of beet pulp (dry weight) to balance the ca:phos. And with an imbalance of ca:phos you often don't see really signs of problems even though they are there. One of the signs of calcium deficiency (which can be caused by too much phosphorus because it binds with the calcium and decreases absorption) is weight loss.

Since what you are really wanting is the fat content from both you would be better off feeding 1-2 cups of vegetable oil per day. And rather than a mix and match feeding program you would do better with just a ration balancer designed to be fed with good quality hay--it would help balance the whole diet's content of protien, vitamins and minerals in one product.
     
    05-15-2008, 03:27 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thank you so much for your advice! The woman who owned him before is not available right now - she's getting out of horses- and maybe wasn't doing the best rationing anyway...

What ration balancer do you recommend? Would I add the vegetable oil to the ration balancer (I'm pretty sure I would, just checking)?

Also, how do you recommend switching diets?

I'm glad I posted this because I thought something seemed off about how the feed was distributed...I didn't see any rhyme or reason to the distribution, but wasn't sure...I thought finding out how others distributed their feed would help me analyze Willy's more...
     

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