Feed for a 2 Year Old

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Feed for a 2 Year Old

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    08-16-2012, 01:32 PM
Feed for a 2 Year Old

I'm currantly looking to buy/rescue a 2-3 yeard old, and im just curious as to what kind of feed I should be feeding.

The place where I will be keeping her/him feeds 2 flakes in the morning, puts them out in groups to graze for 6 hours, then feeds 2 more flakes in the evening.

Is this enough? Or should I be giving her supplements too?
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    08-16-2012, 01:40 PM
It all depends.

Depends on the quality of hay that's being fed. Quality of pasture. Work schedule of 2 year old. Etc.

A rescue would more then likely require different/more feed then a healthy 2 year old.

Most horses do not require supplements if their diet is good.
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    08-16-2012, 01:41 PM
As she is growing still I would supplement to make sure I give my youngster a complete pellet and a small amount of Dr. Reeds. Unless you do testing you don't know what she is getting, and also what she needs is also dependent on her work load as well.
    08-16-2012, 01:52 PM
That makes sense. I think I'd let her stay on the grass/hay for a month, and see how's she's doing before I add supplements.

I'd be working her lightly 3-4 days a week
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    08-19-2012, 08:41 PM
Only 4 flakes of hay & only 6 hours out doesn't sound great to me. I'd be looking at somewhere with full turnout, that doesn't keep horses cooped up as a matter of course, and allows free choice hay when grazing isn't adequate.

While I agree that *IF* a horse's diet is good, they shouldn't(generally) need a nutritional supp, from what I've learned, I would imagine it's an extremely uncommon occurence for especially a domestic horse's diet to be that good. They are generally imbalanced/deficient in a range of nutrients. Also you're talking about a rescue &/or growing horse, which are further considerations re appropriate supplements & diet. Feedxl.com is one awesome resource for working all that out.

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