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    10-23-2012, 12:19 AM
Evaluate my nutrition plan.

Horse 1: 8 year old quarter horse. Mild work. Very hyper. Overweight, Mare. 14.2 hands. Lots of FAT.
She gets hay twice a day and grazing.

Horse 2: 5 year old quarter horse. Mild work. FAT and lazy. She is 14.1 hands and looks pregnant but isn't. She only gets hay and grazing.

Horse 3: 13.3 hand paint mare. You can see her ribs, sunk in hips and exposed withers.
4 double handfuls beat pulp.
4 double handfuls alflpha
2 pounds high fat pellet

Any questions to clarify can be posted below

These will change when the grass dies in the winter and I need a good feed to keep my fatter horses on. Suggestions welcome.
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    10-23-2012, 01:01 AM
Hi, welcome to the forum
First of all, I would restrict grazing to the overweight horses. Hay for all three in slowfeeder haynets. Available at all times. That way hay intake is self regulating. It works like a charm( mine went from consuming 25lbs a head free choice on the ground to 15lbs free choice in the nets).
Then, again, for all three, a ration balancer to not gain more weight but still have all needed vitamins and minerals.
For the thin horse I would keep beetpulp and alfalfa, but add ricebran.
Furthermore I'd feed the extras to the thin horse in at least three meals throughout the day, the largest portion in the evening.
    10-23-2012, 01:04 AM
Forgot. Did the thin horse had her teeth checked and was dewormed after a fecal check?
    10-23-2012, 01:05 AM
I can't restrict grazing without stalling them, and that isn't something I believe in. As long as they live with me, they'll be left out 99% of the time.

I can "sort of" restrict hay. I fill up a large feeder that they share twice a day. Hay nets won't do much if they are outside a stall. They just all chase each other away from the hay. And eat the hay nets haha.

What ration balancer do you recommend??
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    10-23-2012, 01:13 AM
Restricting grazing could be done with grazing muzzles for a few hours a day
And for the nets, I have one for each horse, hung on the fence, spaced out. After about a week they'll figure out there is always hay there and there's no need to argue about it.
I was skeptical at first, but it really works. I made my nets from baling twine, different sizes, one for finer hay with smaller openings and one with larger openings for the coarse oat hay.

Which ration balancer to give depends on what is readily available in your area. I for example have a very hard time finding the Nutrena, since all I have close by is a TSC which doesn't carry and will not order it.
    10-23-2012, 07:46 AM
Grazing muzzle... Haha never even knew there was such a thing! And wouldn't hay nets be the same as a feeder? It's like one large hay net, only with wire instead of netting. The wire openings are pretty small like a net as well.

We can't get hardly any type of feed here. I live about an hour from the closest tractor supply and no one else carries nutrena... It's aggravating. We only have a brand called Lonestar here. An I don't think they have a ration balancer, but I will check.
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    10-23-2012, 10:16 AM
The net openings for grass hay should be 2". Regardless if net or other type of feeder. Important, and the idea behind it is that horse can pull out only a little at a time and so eat slowly, but steady, which is the way should be eating. Plus it keeps the amount of wasted hay down.

I see your problem with TSC. If you can't get any ration balancer you could get a good vitamin/mineral supplement, maybe flax in any form (I swear by Omega Horseshine) and mix it with a handful of beetpulp or alfalfa for the round ones and in the skinny one's ration.
    10-23-2012, 10:45 AM
Here are some ideas for slowfeeders:
Slow Feeders - Paddock Paradise Wiki
    10-23-2012, 12:26 PM
I measured my hay feeder and the hole is 2.4 inches, so I am good in the aspect:)
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    10-23-2012, 12:36 PM
If they're still piggin' out you can always get even smaller "closures".
Important is that they always have hay available. They will learn that there is no need to get greedy and will slow consumption.

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