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post #1 of 27 Old 08-06-2008, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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What horse feed do you use?

And why?

My reasoning for asking this is I'm currently feeding my 2 horses 6 1/2- 7 lbs of strategy with a little beet pulp thrown in each. This isn't exactly economically friendly on my pocket book. I'm willing to still continue to do it, but is it the best available option for my 2 horses? My TB is a hard keeper so I'm continually having to increase his grain or add certain weight building suppliments (ie- increase beet pulp, add oil...)

So I want to hear what you feed and why.

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-06-2008, 05:53 PM
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I used to use Safechoice which is better than Strategy and a lot of others bc you can feed less of it but the price for that went up as well, its now like $13 a bag, so now i've been feeding something called Select, which is like Triumph only cheaper and it's a pellet and only costs $8.60 a bag and I don't have to feed a whole lot and I add some beet pulp to it to and even my stallion is keeping his weight.

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post #3 of 27 Old 08-06-2008, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! The last bag of strategy I bought was over $15/bag! Its making feeding spendy! Especially since training has started again and I'm going to have to increase amounts.

Mercury - 2002 bay tb gelding
Cobalt - 2006 bay sw warmblood x QH gelding
Cricket- 1996 chestnut tb gelding

Bella Blues - 2007 Australian shepher/Blue heeler mix
Titan W. - 2008 Jack Russell Terrier
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post #4 of 27 Old 08-06-2008, 06:25 PM
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I was buying a store brand (atwoods) feed but when I figured out the store brand was only 40 lbs and strategy was 50 lbs for only a dollar or so more I went to the strategy. I figure that 10 extra lbs was worth it. You should make sure the cheaper feeds are in 50 lb bags, Strategy is.
I don't feed that much though. I only give 1 lb per day of the Strategy and 24/7 pasture/hay. We are only pleasure riding though, I'm sure for a more aggressive work load they should get more.
All our girls are around the 900-1000 lb range.


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post #5 of 27 Old 08-06-2008, 06:54 PM
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Re: What horse feed do you use?

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And why?

My reasoning for asking this is I'm currently feeding my 2 horses 6 1/2- 7 lbs of strategy with a little beet pulp thrown in each. This isn't exactly economically friendly on my pocket book. I'm willing to still continue to do it, but is it the best available option for my 2 horses? My tb is a hard keeper so I'm continually having to increase his grain or add certain weight building suppliments (ie- increase beet pulp, add oil...)

So I want to hear what you feed and why.
We really need more info to know how much your horses are worked, where/how they are kept etc.. Full pasture, no pasture.. etc..

My horses are on pasture 24/7 and they are not fed any grain products ever. In winter I feed grass hay and Total Equine
http://www.totalequine.info/Products.html
Which is a highly digestable feed which should be fed without grain. The cost is $15 for a 40# bag but as it is a very efficient feed there is less waste and more absorbsion. I highly recommend it for hard keepers. I have my 29 yr old Appy on it in winter.. I also feed some alfafla pellets or cubes. Mainly to the older horse but they all get some of the combo. All my other horses are easy keepers.
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I feed 1lb per day of Kent's Horsego32 and free choice hay

When my 3yo go threw his growing stages I add beet pulp or alfalfa pellets for the extra calories

Many times if you remove the grain from a horses diet increase the nutrition they are better able to utilize what they are getting ...

My feed is $22 a bag but one bag last a horse 50 days on all but my 3yo and he gets 1 1/2 lbs per day
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this is a website a friend of mine is setting up it is not complete YET but has alot of good easy to understand nutrition information on it already

Hope it helps and you enjoy it
http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/
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I have a 6 yr.old geld Paint 15.2hh and about 1200lbs. He is a pleasure/trail horse and I feed him 1qt. Show & go grain with 2 flakes of coastal hay in the morning and 2 flakes of coastal at night, he is also on pasture 24/7.
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post #9 of 27 Old 08-07-2008, 12:16 AM
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I agree with AppyT. It'd be cool to know what your horse is used for...

I feed beetpulp and ricebran to my Appendix qh, who has a tb physique. He gets two flakes of premixed alfalfa and grass a day and soaked beet pulp and rice bran in the PM. He gets turned out on grass once and a while. He's a lightly worked trail horse at this point, and has a turn out of about 300 acres.

I tried LMF Showtime on him and he went nuts.

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post #10 of 27 Old 08-07-2008, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Mercury is a hard keeping 6 year old TB back in training, so right now it's just light work. He just got off a years layup for a leg injury to his hock. Right now we are working dressage. I'm considering doing competitive trail with him. We would start that training in the fall when it cools off and the bugs diminish (I'm a wimp... )

Cobalt is 2 now and is a swedish warmblood x qh (long story). We have started ground driving and long lining, so he also has a light work load. However he is still growing so when he goes through his growth spurts he gets ribby.

Both are kept in stalls with an attached double sized run (they have seperate stalls but the run divider got taken down so they could be together). They split a full bale a day. The lightest the bales have ever been are 50# so they get a min. Of 25# of hay a day.

I think that covers the questions everyone asked... Let me know if you need more info.

Mercury - 2002 bay tb gelding
Cobalt - 2006 bay sw warmblood x QH gelding
Cricket- 1996 chestnut tb gelding

Bella Blues - 2007 Australian shepher/Blue heeler mix
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