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    08-06-2013, 07:18 PM
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Feeding A 10 Month Old?

I have a 10 month old, 1/2 Thoroughbred x 1/2 Quarter/Arab, Filly named Twista. She stands about 14hh.

Her dam was a lighter built Quarter/Arab, who was about 15hh.
Her sire was a stockier Thoroughbred who is about 15.2hh.

Right now Twista is on pasture, but we are running out of grass and going to be getting some bales in. She is also getting 3 cups (actual measurement) of 14% Protein sweetfeed once a day. She was wormed in the spring.

When she was 6 months old a vet saw her and said she looked a bit big for her age, a vet saw her today and said she did look a little bit big for her age but not where it would be a concern. The first vet had told me to put her on a joint supplement which I was, but have no stopped it.

1) Hay- What type should I get? Grass or Alfalfa/Grass?
2) Grain- It would have to be available at TSC/Fleet Farm, something that isn't really high priced. I'm just looking for something to give her a little boost of nutrients. Any suggestions?
3) Supplements- Maybe mix a supplement in the sweetfeed (?)

Our sweetfeed is really good quality, and we can buy 85lb bags for $15.

*I can post pics, I just need to get some current ones :)*

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    08-11-2013, 05:29 PM
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Hi, IMO grass hay(pref low NSC) with a little alfalfa is generally good. If she's on the bigger side for her age or is plump, cut down/out the alfalfa. I would also be looking at an appropriate nutritional supp to 'fill the gaps' but it depends on basic diet as to what she may need.

Why are you feeding her sweetfeed? Does she need extra energy? Any grain or such is best fed over a few feeds daily rather than just once. Not knowing what your 'sweet feed' is, can't say whether I'd disagree with the 'good quality' but it is generally rubbish. Of course not always but I have found you do tend to get what you pay for, so $15/85lb may not be a good deal for her as it seems. Even if not, if she needs something more, I'd choose an unsweetened, low carb alternative. Such as upping the alfalfa a little rather than grain.
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