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post #1 of 5 Old 07-30-2010, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Feeding a belgian filly...

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I am considering purchasing a 4 month old purebred belgian filly. If I do, I'd like to get her started on a feeding program so she can grow and develop to her full potential. I was looking at Purina's "Evolution; Juvenile". I was wondering if anyone has used this product. Pro's and con's, or any other suggestions.
Looking at the content, I was a little concerned by the high protein content for such a young horse (15%). I don't really want a weight gain and I especially do not want her to get hot off of her feed. Just a little something extra to give her so she can mature and fill out nicely.
Any opinions on the subject are welcome. As well as suggestions for other products or contents for a young horse's diet.


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I would not feed her ANY grain based feeds... look into Purina's Equalizer :) it is vitamin/minerals supplement with added protein to help with delevolping good muscles structure

Babies NEED high protein content to help with proper growth :)
Stay away from grain based feeds or feeds designed to be fed in high amounts


Free choice hay/pasture plenty of fresh clean water
And a good vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Thanks so much. I will pass along the message. I told her to look into the Equalizer before but I will tell her you suggest it.
Although, if she is feeding the equalizer, will she still need to feed an added "vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids"? Or is that all in the equalizer?
Thanks again.


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We have two drafts and one we raised from a foal. We fed her just regular oats and afalfa pellets along with high quailty grass hay and pasture. She just turned three and is a hair under 16 hands, we believe she will out grow her parents who were both 16.2. Drafts don't stop growing until they are 5 years. A lot of professionals, especially halter people, like feeding just regular oats (along with supplements and vitamins to fit the horses needs) because they are generally easy on the horses system, they are high in fats and proteins, its also high in calcium for proper bone growth which is very important to drafts. Since oats are full of nutrients it can cause them to feel good and have a little bit more energy =]
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the equalizer will be all she needs be sure to read and see how much she needs to feed... it goes off of weight and age... the equalizer is a ration balancer which is a vitamin/mineral supplement with amino acids added and designed to "balance" the average hay

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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