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post #1 of 5 Old 08-16-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 5 Old 08-16-2012, 12:40 PM
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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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post #3 of 5 Old 08-16-2012, 12:41 PM
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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.
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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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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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