Okay , so... I'm looking for some EDUCATED advice. I am extremely....uhm...O.C.D about what is good to be feeding my horse. I want her to have the most balanced and complete diet possible. I've read so many things and found so many opposing ideas I just want to know some real facts. Please, if you have knowledge about this stuff LET ME KNOW
Right now she's fed :
1 flake orchard,
1 flake alfala,
and 1/2 to 1 oat perday (depending on how much she wants that day) **(All LARGE/HEAVY flakes of quality hay)**
And 1 scoop of Stable Mix.
She also gets Multi - Vitamins, Flax Seed, Beet Pulp soaked in Wheat Germ Oil, and Oats as her "grain" . This is what she's fed for "lunch" or early dinner after I ride. **I'm not a fan of those manufactured "grains" covered in molasses.**
In the Spring after it stops raining i'm planning on either building or buying a large feeder tub to put some free choice hay in. I hate the thought of her going 9 hours between feeding during the day and 15 at night!
I know that the way we feed our horses now adays is really not ideal for their digestive systems. (Large meals far apart in feedings) , so i'm really trying to get her small morning/dinner meals, and free choice to nibble on in between. My thoughts for the free choice hay, are a mixture of Timothy, Teff, Beardless Wheat, and possibly the occassional Bermuda.
So basically my question is, What would you feed? What is the best way to properly "round out" her diet.
And YES *** I always change her diet veryyyy gradually.
I'm a FREAk about water, so she always has fresh clean water, and excess to regular salt blocks, mineral salt blocks, and Himalya salt rocks.
She will also get some Electrolites as well.
Thanks Guys!! Sorry it was so long. TELL ME WHAT YOUR IDEAS/THOUGHTS ARE