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post #1 of 14 Old 05-22-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding a complete feed

I have added it all up and its cheaper for me to feed my horses a complete feed plus then I know they are getting everything they need at the same time. So what I am wondering is it safe to feed them there required amounts (which is 14.5lbs for 2 of them and 9.5 lbs for the other) in three feedings and still provide a local hay in a slow feeder to keep them happy. This will not over load the will it since a complete feed includes there hay as well. Just thought it would be better to still provide them something to chew on.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-24-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

Depends what the complete feed is, for a start, as to whether it will provide everything they need & be fine to feed over 3 larger meals. I would strive to feed it more frequently in smaller meals if possible. If the 'recommended' amounts you're talking about are manufacturer's instructions, it's a fair bet that your horses won't need that much. Energy requirements for horses are only estimates & often over what is actually required, considering exercise, age, weather, etc, etc, and feed co's understandably want you to feed more - so buy more - of their product too. BUT nutrient levels are based on the recommended rate of feeding, so that may be lacking if you're feeding your horses what they truly need for energy.

Yes, I believe it is always a good move to give horses hay/grass free choice, where possible & where there is no health reason(eg. Obesity) not to.
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I feed my horses complete feed as well and I let them have free choice grazing when out on pasture or I keep a bunch of grass hay in front of them to keep them chewing and busy. They're healthy, happy and nicely round. I would not feed a hay like alfalfa, oats, rye, something that's either high protein or high carb though, I'd think that would be in the danger zone. Bermuda or prairie hay....not a problem. And of course I also feed them salt, 1 oz/twice a day or give them a salt block depending on if the horse likes the block or not.

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Question....what feed are you considering? If it's a complete feed, 14.5 pounds and 9.5 pounds seems pretty high, but I could be thinking of a different meaning of complete feed than you are :)
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I feed my horses complete feed as well and I let them have free choice grazing when out on pasture or I keep a bunch of grass hay in front of them to keep them chewing and busy. They're healthy, happy and nicely round. I would not feed a hay like alfalfa, oats, rye, something that's either high protein or high carb though, I'd think that would be in the danger zone. Bermuda or prairie hay....not a problem. And of course I also feed them salt, 1 oz/twice a day or give them a salt block depending on if the horse likes the block or not.
oh that bringws up another question. My horses do not like a salt block. I bought a large one 6-7 months ago and not even half is gone between three horses. So can you give them regular table salt or is a special type of salt? Oh and it would just be a local hay (orchard,timothy mix)
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oh that bringws up another question. My horses do not like a salt block. I bought a large one 6-7 months ago and not even half is gone between three horses. So can you give them regular table salt or is a special type of salt? Oh and it would just be a local hay (orchard,timothy mix)
If they've got free choice salt(is it just salt or got other stuff in it that they may not want?) and they're not getting into it, I'd say there's a fair bet they're getting enough already.
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They're probably getting enough from their feed. They seek out salt from the blocks when they're lacking it.

I think horses are supposed to be fed plain salt and not the iodized (table) salt. Can't recall why - maybe because of the added iodine?
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its a mineral/salt block. So maybe there is something in it they don't care for? Hmm good point. When I first bought it they were all over it. Now it looks the same as it did 5 months ago when we moved to our new place.
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well right now they are not on the complete feed. I was more thinking that for in the winter (yes I would very slowly get them to the full portion)

How many feedings do you think they should get a day?
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