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    12-07-2011, 03:00 PM
Green Broke
Feed questions...Still..

So I posted a thread about this exact problem yesterday which still left me confused and not knowing what to do...so please bare with me as I'm super illiterate when it comes to feeds.

So I am going to be moving Moose in a couple of weeks to a new barn. (we all know im sure...)
Let me just give you the run down on the current feeding situation where I am now..
*Free choice round bail
*Fed 3/4ths a scoop of Equi-Gem High Fiber Pellet 2x a day.
12% Protein
3% Fat
24% Fiber
He is also rough boarded here.

Now where ill be moving he will be on a 50 acre lot get fed 2 flakes of hay in the am and 2 flakes at night as well as whatever grain I provide for him 2x a day.
He will also be rough boarded here but will have a stall incase the weather is bad. He also wont get much hay in the summer as he will have 50 acres to graze.
Moose is also trying to put more weight on as I got him at the end of October skinny (not horrible but wasnt fed great)

So im wondering should I change his grain around? Or, keep him on what he's on now? I wana eventually start barrel racing him but for now I am maybe riding him 1-2 times a week AT MOST.

I was looking at these feeds-

But im not sure. Im lacking in the feeding department
He is also not being blanketed.

Any help is super appericiated!
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    12-07-2011, 03:05 PM
4 flakes of hay isn't very much at all.

We feed the groups not on a round bale 3x per day. Minimum 2 flakes per feeding - more if it's cold.
    12-07-2011, 03:08 PM
Green Broke
Well I can feed him how ever much hay I please but since he will be on pasture 24/7 besides when I bring him in his stall I was going to throw two flakes in there at each feeding depending on how much and how fast he eats it he'll get more once he finishs the two. He will be on pasture 24/7 365 days a year unless its like hurricane force winds or weather related issues along those lines ;)
    12-07-2011, 06:59 PM
Green Broke
I've used Blue Seal's trotter for years with no complaints. I also feed free choice hay and beet pulp in the winter. Won't see my grass until mid April here if I'm lucky.

More hay. Hay is what keeps him warm and regular.
    12-07-2011, 07:06 PM
If he's on the weight gain, you need a feed with higher fat content.
And I think more than 2 flakes of grass during the winter, at least 3 per sitting. As for summer, you might be able to get away with 2 since he'll be on pasture but it depends on how much you're working him.
    12-07-2011, 07:23 PM
Green Broke
They don't feed hay in the summer as they have 50+ acres but I can give him some at night when I feed. I'm seriously so stressing out about this. I might just go to blue seal and talk to someone and see what they say
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    12-07-2011, 08:11 PM
Breathe!!! It shouldn't be stressful! While it is important your horse is kept in optimal health, you need to be healthy too and stress doesn't help!

If you aren't happy with how they do things at the new barn, can you find something else? Or you could provide your own hay to him if you're worried.

That's a great idea, also talk with your vet over the phone and run some ideas by them.

It's okay!
    12-07-2011, 08:57 PM
What state are you in? Do you have hard winters or mild ones? Are there other horses sharing the 50 acres?

I have 4 horses and 2 mini's on 20 acres for 3 months in summer, then our total 80 acres the other 9 months. I do not feed hay during grass season. I do feed it from approximately mid October - mid March. I feed all they can eat each day, but I don't use round bales. Normally they get anywhere from 10 when it's nice out to 30# per horse when it is very cold/snowy etc. I feed Beet pulp/alfalfa pellets at 1/2 of a large coffee can 2x a day. I could feed them a whole coffee can 2x a day as this is not a grain ration. For the most part this means they are getting lots of roughage. That is what keeps them warm in winter. Grain is for those who work hard. Mine don't work much at all. LOL I hope this helps...
    12-07-2011, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
I'm not too worried about him starving to death as he's an easy keeper he just needs to gain more weight as he was skinny when I got him and since I'm illiterate in the whole feed world haha. *deep breaths, deep breaths*

Oh, I haven't moved him yet since I already payed board up until the first. So he is still currently getting the free round bail and equi gem pellet 2x a day. I just wana get this all figured out before I move him. The lady who feeds in the am said they have round bails in back up so I'm not positive if they are out or if they have them in the barn in case. I'm actually going to text her now an see...
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    12-07-2011, 10:23 PM
Also, If he is doing well on that feed, then continue with it.. Then just watch his weight and adjust accordingly.

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