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post #1 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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critique my feeding regime

5 year old quarter horse about 14.5 hands. He definitely isnt skinny. Im bringing him to the vet for a checkup and will get a better idea of his conditioning.

Twice a day he gets the following:

1.5 quart of sweet feed 10%
1.5 quart of Dumor Equistages Horse feed
16 oz cup of rice bran

He is in a pasture with a round bale of hay, and also we seeded with rye grass since the regular grass is starting to die now.

We also give him about a pound of rye grass cubes every few days, more as a treat than anything else. Along with sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, as treats. Also has a mineral block.

Is this too much, too little? Just trying to get an idea. This is my first horse.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-19-2012, 12:58 AM
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Hi,

If he 'definitely isn't skinny' I'm interested to know why you feel the need to feed all that at all? Generally healthy horses do fine on just grass/hay, with the addition of a nutritional supplement to make sure they get all they need.

If you do need to 'hard feed' him - perhaps he's in hard work &/or losing condition - I would avoid feeding sweets to him as a regular meal. I don't know what the Dumor feed is, but I would be avoiding grainy, high starch feeds too, especially if you can only feed a couple of times daily.

Horses usually do OK on free choice grass/hay, but if he's fat & stays that way, you may have to be careful of how much he's getting, particularly with sugary grasses like rye. Horses can suffer a similar 'disease' to type 2 diabetes in people, so as with us, it's best to stay fit & healthy, not overweight & underexercised.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-19-2012, 06:43 PM
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Hi,

I don't know what the Dumor feed is, but I would be avoiding grainy, high starch feeds too, especially if you can only feed a couple of times daily.
Ohhh that would be Tractor Supply's brand of feed --- that, at one time, was made at a Purina Plant but NOT in the same facility as Purina actually makes their feeds

It may still be mfg'd at a Purina Plant. A DuMor rep told me that 8 years ago when our TSC first opened

I held his feet to the fire when he tried really hard to INFER the feed was made at the same plant as Purina's feeds; it took about ten minutes but I finally wore him down and he confessed it wasn't

And I thought I was the only one that could never find the "ingredients list" for any of Purina's feed. Thanks for saying you couldn't either - at least I know I'm totally losing it - lollol
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Equistages is pretty decent feed actually. I would cut out the sweet feed and add a little more DuMor personally, just because the sweet feed nutritionally probably isn't doing anything for him. In the winter it's probably fine, but in the summer I'd not even bother.
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well I went to the vet with him today and he said he looks great, to keep on feeding him like I am unless something changes. He does have worms though. We had been checking his piles, but didnt see anything, but apparently the ride stirred his stomach up and he had a runny pile and it was full of worms. So I went ahead and wormed him.
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I'm just worried about the potato part. I know that potatoes are part of the nightshade family and are poisonous to horses. I have not found any information that sweet potatoes would be classified differently, and as such, I would not feed them to my horses.

I also agree that the sweet feed is not great for your horse either. It is generally best to feed a good quality fortified blend in the correct quantities. This way you ensure that your horse is receiving all of the vitamins/minerals that he requires without the excess sugar/starch found in sweet feeds.

Round bales are ok as long as they are kept in such a way as to prevent mold and rot. I know people who's horses have ended up with heaves from constantly eating from dusty, moldy round bales, so this is just something to look out for.
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I'm just worried about the potato part. I know that potatoes are part of the nightshade family and are poisonous to horses. I have not found any information that sweet potatoes would be classified differently, and as such, I would not feed them to my horses.
Good point, but sweet potatoes/yams are indeed a different plant & I don't think they're toxic or part of the nightshade family. Be interested to hear more from others who know tho, cos haven't looked into it re feeding to horses.
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I'd ditch all that you're feeding and just buy a good complete feed. A good feed already has everything in it. Change him over slowly if you do... TSC carries Nutrena and Purina. I'm assuming you shop there since you're feeding DuMor, which is not on the same level as Purina even tho they'll try to tell you it is (as mentioned above)

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