Originally Posted by Remi
I have never owned a young horse and don't know anything about their specific care/requirements.
I am helping a friend with the care of hers. She is buying food (Safechoice) and we are using my hay (free choice round bale 30% alfalfa and 70% grass). I have a block of salt and a block of minerals.
Is that about it? At a year, are they basically the same as an older horse?
Def not the sameas an older horse. They are growing and have a larger nutriion need as well as amino acid needs.
That's good that your hay is not mostly alfalfa. An all alfalfa hey diet is not good for a young, growing horse. Mineral balances, particularly calcium and phosphorous are too off which can easily cause growth problems. That doesn't mean NO alfalfa, as some alfalfa is very nice to add calcium to what is typically lower calcium grass hay.
Safe choice wouldnt be *MY* choice of hard feed either. There are better feed options out there that are lower NSC and have totalbalanced nutrition.
A daily dewormer is not a good idea. We de-worm our horses waaay too much these days. IMO, all a daily dewormer does is up the resistance to dewormers. Get a fecals done to see when and what you horse has for parasites and d-worm accordingly.