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post #1 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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What is Your Feed Schedule Like?

Just as the title said: what is your feed schedule like? How many flakes of hay per horse, how much grain, what type, and when, and how often do you feed it? Plus supplements, amount of time grazing, etc. I'm just curious as to what people do, everyone I know does it differently :)

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:14 PM
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My horse's feed is as simple and natural as possible! 2 lg. Flakes Hay/a.m., 2 lg. Flakes Hay p.m. Grazing daily in Spring-Fall. Fresh water in abundance. Plain, mineral, and Himalayan salt always available. *My QH gets 1 scoop Joint Pellets/day for her hocks. That's it!! :)
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post #3 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:14 PM
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24x7 grazing + free choice hay + 2 cups of a performance mix feed from our local mill at noon and evening.
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post #4 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:20 PM
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Three of my four are special needs. They don't quite all eat the same, but everyone is on a low starch diet and they all get fed three times daily.

Because two of them have insulin issues, they are only on pasture 8 - 10 hours daily, as opposed to the 16 - 18 hours they used to graze. One wears a grazing muzzle, the other does not - yet.

Everyone eats orchard grass/mix hay as that is typical for my area. I have scale to weigh the hay for the two metabolic horses. I pull the flakes apart and just do a visual where the other two are concerned. I never say how many flakes I feed because flake size can vary greatly within one bale, much less from bale-to-bale.

Nobody eats grain of any sort or anything with soy in it. They all recieve a vit/min supplement and the metabolic horses also get supplements to aid in stabilizing their insulin.

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post #5 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:36 PM
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5 lbs alfalfa, 5 lbs oathay, divided in am and pm, slowfeeder nets always full with Timothy/Orchard hay
am and pm 2oz alfalfa pellets soaked, the two normal horses 4 oz flaxseed, the metabolically challenged 2oz, 8oz resp. 4oz senior pellet.
lunch 2oz alfalfa 4/2oz senior and vit/min
Of course clean water and Himalaya salt
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:39 PM
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Except Spring, they get 24/7 pasture, 3 flakes of grass hay-alfalfa mix, and 2 scoops Strategy with Horse Manna in the pm. They get clean water AM and PM all year long. They always have a salt block too.
In Spring they are dry lotted with hay tossed in all day as they start to get low on it (pretty much free choice) then 2 scoops strategy GX + horse manna. On super hot days I'll give them a soupy beet pulp to make sure they get enough water in them, but for the most part my boys diet is pretty straightforward.
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 09:48 PM
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Free choice Coastal hay (usually 20-25lbs a day), 4lbs a day Strategy (split into two feedings), Smartpak joint supplement, and free access to both a himalayan salt block and a standard red stockman salt block.

Right now he's also getting about 2 lbs of soaked beet pulp in the evenings because I am trying to get him used to eating it for when we travel or eventually compete. He's getting more and more okay with the idea that it is food, but still not thrilled about it unless I mix his Strategy in.
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 10:01 PM
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2 flakes in morning with some grain and (joint supplement for my gelding). 2 flakes at night with grain and oil. Graze for 5 hours a day. Tons of fresh clean water. Salt blocks always available. I feed them in hay nets also.

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post #9 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 10:09 PM
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Round bale in pasture, pasture grass and they are on pasture 24/7. And a scoop each of complete feed
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-23-2013, 10:19 PM
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Hay 5-6x per day, grain twice.

He's on mostly grass hay, with one feeding of alfalfa. He gets enough Podium to make him feel like he's not being starved, and a vit/min supplement, Mag Citrate and MSM.
The place I'm boarding adjusts the amounts to keep him at his current weight, it's around 10-15lbs of hay/day.

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