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post #1 of 10 Old 05-22-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling Diets?

What is a good and healthy diet for a yearling?
What kind of Feed do you guys recommend?
Supplements? What Kind of Hay?

He is a TB/Draft Mix

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-23-2009, 10:50 AM
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Free choice grass hay, mixed grass hay, or timothy hay, all he can eat.

LOTS of turn out time, preferably 24/7. Movement is key to growing joints.

For "feed", I like Alfalfa pellets mixed with flax and a vitamin supplement. I'm not a fan of grains or pelleted feeds. Alfalfa has lots of protein for growing horses, and you can buy vitamin supplements geared toward young horses, like SmartPak's SmartVite Foal. The flax gives extra fat. If you do a smartpak, you can use Glanzen, Horseshine, or Gleam & Gain. I use NutraFlax from horsetech.com and really like it. Shipping is free from them.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-23-2009, 01:59 PM
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All of our yearlings get Purina Equine Jr and good quallity grass/alfalfa hay
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-23-2009, 05:18 PM
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I like mine to get all the hay he can stand, Triple Crown Growth, and supplement with dac Colt Grower and dac Bloom together.

dac Colt Grower 160 day supply Build strong healthy bone - Omega Horse Solutions
dac Bloom Weight Gain, Muscle Tone, and Growth

They are also either 24/7 pasture or in a very large paddock.


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post #5 of 10 Old 05-24-2009, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I really like the DacGrower. It sounds perfect.
He is already on 24/7 Pasture (its more like hills and hills of nothing. i couldnt tell you how many acres, its a huge ranch.)
I have heard sooo many things about Pellets both good and bad.

Thanks EveryOne. I'm going to try the DacGrower, and supply him with Free Choice Grass Hay and give Scheduled feedings of either Alfalfa or an Alfalfa mix.

I would use Timothy hay; cause I know its one of the best Hays a horse could have, but I am deathly allergic. Which means I wouldnt be allowed to be around my own horse :[
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Orchard/Alfalfa is a good mix. I also like the big compressed bales of Alfalfa from Larsons (not the little bales - the huge blocks). We would have those in the pasture for them to work on.....1/4 bale lasted my 2 nearly a month.


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post #7 of 10 Old 05-25-2009, 11:18 AM
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Alfalfa pellets are easy to work with, and make it easy to mix things with. a 3qt scoop holds about 2.5-3 lbs of alfalfa pellets. Just be sure to check the feed tag and avoid pellets that use animal fat as a preservative or molasses as a binding agent.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-25-2009, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Alfalfa pellets are easy to work with, and make it easy to mix things with. a 3qt scoop holds about 2.5-3 lbs of alfalfa pellets. Just be sure to check the feed tag and avoid pellets that use animal fat as a preservative or molasses as a binding agent.

Animal Fat? Mollases? Binding Agents?

Could you please elborate more.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-26-2009, 12:37 AM
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Animal Fat? Mollases? Binding Agents?

Could you please elborate more.
Just look at the ingredients on the feed tag. If you see "animal fat" or "molasses", or "Ethoxyquin" don't buy them. My alfalfa pellets just contain: alfalfa and rice bran, that's all that is listed on the feed tag under ingredients.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-26-2009, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ooo Okay. Haha Makes Sense.
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