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        01-04-2010, 09:54 AM
    What to feed?

    What would you feed a 20 month old filly if you had one? I live in the middle of no where so very specific stuff, I probably won't be able to get. What I have on hand at the moment is Sweet Stuff, Oat crumble, and alfalpha pellets.

    What would you feed her and at what amounts?

    Please and thank you!!
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        01-04-2010, 11:16 AM
    What kind of horse is she? How big is she (weight)? Does she have access to pasture/hay? If so, what kind? Does she need to gain, lose or maintain her weight?
        01-04-2010, 11:41 AM
    Originally Posted by My Beau    
    What kind of horse is she? How big is she (weight)? Does she have access to pasture/hay? If so, what kind? Does she need to gain, lose or maintain her weight?
    She is a quarter horse coming two year old.
    She seems to be just perfect for weight. (not sure on her weight, but can use a weight tape to find out.)
    She is on regular old pasture hay.
    She needs to maintain her weight I believe.
        01-04-2010, 11:47 AM
    My 11 month old gets 1.5 qts beep pulp 2 qts alf pellets and 2qts 12% pellets along with lots of hay, and he's quite fat.
        01-04-2010, 04:15 PM
    Go with platinum perforamnce if you can afford it. One to two scoops a day depending on weight and you really don't need any extra supplements, and it'll get delivered to your door. I get the 600$ barrel and it generally lasts me a little over half a year and my filly gets two scoops a day since she's worked often. Lots of vets swear by it and most large and even small animal clinics sell it.

    Me and the dogs eat it too. XD Makes my doby nice and shiny. Don't buy the powerbars though, they taste like poo.
        01-04-2010, 04:20 PM
    I would just keep her on hay. That is what mine eat and I have not had issues with them losing weight. If she begins to lose them I would look into suplementing her feed, but she should be ok.

    We have an orphan foal who we had to wean off the bottle after 5 months. He eats hay, and the only problem we have had was that he needed to lose weight...lol.
        01-04-2010, 11:50 PM
    Green Broke
    I would go with Alfalfa pellets, a vitamin supplement, flax meal or stabilized rice bran (most feed stores have it) or "Omega Horseshine", and Tri-Amino (optional, but it will help muscle development and growth). That should be a nice "rounded" diet for her, with most of the nutrient requirements met.

    I would feed 1/2 to 1 scoop using a 3qt feed scoop of the alfalfa pellets. You want 1/2 cup of the flax or rice bran. Go with recommended levels of the vitamin supplement and tri-amino.

    For vitamin supplements, I would recommend Smart Vite Maintenance Grass, GrandVite, NutriPlus (has the aminos, so you wouldn't need tri-amino), EquiBase Grass, Select II, Balance II, or Augment (best starting first).

    I feed my horses a similar diet and they do VERY well on it! I have my vitamin custom blended by horsetech.com, so I can get the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and flax all in one bucket. It costs me $0.87 per day, which is actually cheaper than buying it all separate. I use a little water or apple cider vinegar to mix it in with the alfalfa pellets. If you call them, they can custom blend you a supplement based on your horse's age and feed. I'd request high levels of the amino acids from tri-amino, plus at least 2 oz of flax per-serving, and some extra biotin (I get 10 mg per-serving).

    Good luck!

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