I'm getting my horse this week and I'm a bit confounded about what to feed her. In the past I've always done hay and grain with canola oil (that was 10 years ago), now with all my research on minerals, ration balancers, additives, etc, my head is spinning! Add to that, the limited options in my area and now I'm really confused!
The horse will be on constant pasture - super green but low nutritionally because it grows so fast.
I bought a bag of what they are calling Horse Champ at my local feed store - this is produced by ADM, so I called them to get nutrition information because it's not on the bag. Because it's produced by a Puerto Rico subsidiary of ADM they weren't exactly sure, but they said by the description they were "pretty" sure it was comparable to their Patriot line of products:
Pasture plus these pellets plus....? Do I need to add a vitamin/mineral supplement to this? I was going to add a bit of canola oil, but should I do flax seed as well? Where does a ration balancer come in? (would it be a substitute for something like these pellets, not an add on?) A friend recommended Mare Magic supplement since she's a mare.... does anyone use this? (my impression not much for nutrition just helps with heat)
This will be a pleasure horse, ridden 3-4 times a week, but solid 2+ hour rides on hills, etc in the HEAT. Paso Fino, easy keeper. Right now she needs to put on a little weight and some muscle tone. She's only been on the pasture and some low quality hay for the past year or so.
Thank you for any suggestions!