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post #1 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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What do your horses eat?

My horse has only ever gotten hay and whatever she can graze on in the field- usually nice green grass in the spring until they trample it. She doesn't have a hard time keeping weight on, in fact she has a hard time getting it off after a long winter. I know that there is a celenium (sp) deficiancy in the area because a lot of the calves are born with white muscle, so I was wondering what you all feed your horses and why, and if you think it would be good to put willow on a special type of feed or something.
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 04:56 PM
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Rena gets myrestol (for her joints) because her cannon bones arent lined up or something, so we give her that to just make it easier on her legs. and then she gets mash,and oats,and hay. :P

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post #3 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 05:37 PM
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Hay, hay, hay. That's all our mares eat. Natural, good for the gut, and for the teeth.

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post #4 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 06:00 PM
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12 pounds of hay
1 cup flax seed
1 pound beet pulp

And she is on pasture (but everything is dead right now)
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post #5 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 06:06 PM
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Oops! I posted without finishing!

I feed flax seed because (I just copied this off a website lol I am so lazy) it is high in omega-3 fatty acids and enhances overall health in horses. The only natural, unsupplemented source of omega-3's in the equine diet is fresh grass.
It can help reduce inflammation, which can relieve symptoms associated with sweet itch and other skin conditions. It can also alleviate symptoms of allergies.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in cases of arthritis or joint stiffness. In some cases, it helps so much that it can replace the use of commercial joint supplements or regular doses of bute.
It also boosts the immune system and can help regulate thyroid function, making it an ideal supplement for metabolic horses as well as aging horses.

I feed the cocosoya for weight as well as the beet pulp.

I feed the cosequin for her joints and the Grandvite for all the vitamins and she is missing from her diet that she isn't getting from grain.
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post #6 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 06:23 PM
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I have a mix of ponies, a paint and a draft cross so I feed grass hay (Bermuda and orchard) to keep everyone healthy. We're also in CA where the alfalfa is very high in calcium so I avoid it. My guys also get Purina Strategy for horses on grass hay and also a big scoop of flax meal. Keeps them looking nice and shiny, healthy hooves. That's it! Right now we have grass so they're enjoying that but 80% of the year, they're on dirt.....

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post #7 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 06:38 PM
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Hay as the main diet in winter, and pasture grass the rest of the year. Oakey also gets apples every once in a while as a treat. :)
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post #8 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 06:55 PM
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they all get alfalfa and
my weanling gets LMF development
my mare gets LMF senior with Equiberries Choice
my stallion gets Omolene #100 with Equiberries Choice a
my race horse gets Omolene #100 with Equiberries,but he is going to be switched to Purina Race Ready with Equiberries.

I have had good luck with Purina Enrich with vitamins as well.

Also rice bran for weight and BOSS for coat/weight.

buuuuuuttt.....some horses to perfectly fine on just hay

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post #9 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 07:13 PM
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Rosie gets a gallon and a half of Purina Molene 200 in the morning and the evening, along with 3 flakes of orchard grass hay in the morning and evening. Before we found out she's in foal, it was one gallon in the morning and evening and 2 flakes in the morning and evening.
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post #10 of 32 Old 02-12-2010, 07:14 PM
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Alfalfa and only alfalfa. In the summer, sometimes we will get alfalfa/grass combo but that is getting hard to find. They are fed range cubes as treats occassionally.
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