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post #1 of 6 Old 12-10-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding Regimen for a Two Year old TWH Filly

Hi. I'm going to be getting a two year old TWH filly and I'm going to be putting her to work and training her pretty extensively. I want her to stay in the best shape possible, so what would you recommend her feeding regimen be? Should I feed hay cubes? There is pasture, but hay is pretty hard to come by here, so what kind of hay cubes should I feed if anything? Any kind of tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-11-2011, 05:58 PM
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Two year old TWH's can be pretty tall but they are still babies and their bones are still growing.

I hope the extensive training is on the ground and not the saddle. I've had TWH's for 21+ years and I don't care who's doing the talking, two years old is too young to be extensively riding anything

Feed a high quality brand name feed for young horses -- that would exclude DuMor.

You have a hay shortage? You must be quite a ways north of me because we have plenty of hay in my area of TN, unless it's all been shipped to those in need by now.

She can have hay cubes but they should be soaked to not only avoid choking but those cubes are disgustingly hard. She will probably start shedding her caps (baby teeth) soon and can shed them up thru a long three year old.

If the caps don't come off by themselves, the vet may have to pop them and sometimes a horse can even get infection underneath them.

Hopefully folks that have raised quite a few babies will come in and comment. It would help folks to know whose feed is available in your area as what someone recommends may not be within your driving distance
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What I meant by extensive training is mainly working with her on the ground, but I will also lightly start her undersaddle to get her ready for her show career starting as a three year old. Our local feed dealers carry anything from just a regular no name brand sweet feed mix to Purina. They can also order anything that I want, but it would be a lot more expensive. She isn't very tall; she's only about 14.3 hands right now but both parents are around 16 hands so she should make a pretty good sized horse. What type of hay cubes could I get for her? They hay we do have available is moldy and not horse quality at all! I wouldn't even feed the stuff we have available to the neighbor's cattle. It's pretty pitiful at what people are selling for hay around here. I currently have 12% sweet feed to give to her for now until I can find some answers as to what the best thing is for her. She's just now being fed any kind of feed. The previous owner was only feeding her the poor quality "hay" and she was only being out to pasture. So, it's time for some much better nurtrition.
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How far up in Kentucky are you?

I know of a guy on the SE side of MTSU that raises fantastic hay and his prices were reasonable the last time I was up there. He raises mixed grass hay, bermuda hay and might even raise alfalfa.

I can PM you his name and phone if you think he's in reasonable driving distance.

Your other hay option might be to buy bagged hay at Tractor Supply, if you have a TSC close enough. They sell Standlee hay and hay cubes. I am really happy with Standlees hay cubes even if they are rock hard and I have to soak them. Standlee Hay Company - Home

As far as grain, I would get her off the sweet feed five minutes ago

It's sad that all you have for a major name feed is Purina. My county was like that until Tractor Supply came to town. We can get Nutrena at TSC now. I live in a Good Ole Boy County and Purina really ruled until a few years ago so I can understand and sympathize with your dilemma.

I don't use bagged feed (I mix my own) and I'm not really a Purina fan but if that's your only choice, that's your only choice. Even if the store does say they'll order something else in; that only works for a short time unless other people buy the product and also like it.

Stores have to buy a minimum amount and that amount can often be "by the pallet". You may find yourself buying a bag of feed six months down the road that actually came off the truck with the very first bag you bought

Their "Equine Junior" product might be worth looking into. It says from weanling to two years old but that doesn't mean the horse can't eat this product for another year os so. Purina Horse Feeds - EQUINE FAMILY

They also have Ultium Growth that looks pretty good. Purina Horse Feeds - ULTIUM

I don't like that Purina never lists all of the ingredients that go into the product.

You might consider adding some flax seed to her diet - it will help with hoof and coat health. Many folks just buy plain flax; I buy Omega-3 Horseshine. It can be bought at TSC but is really pricey. Three of my four horses get Omega-3 Horseshine and a bag lasts me about 5 weeks. They all have solid hooves with a nice natural shine to them.

You could start her out with just 1/8th measuring cup twice daily and see how she does. Omega Fields - Flaxseed and Omega-3 supplements

I hope this helps and because I have three TWH's and am Walking Horse nosey ---- who's on her papers? - lollol
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walkinthewalk, We are in Elizabethtown, which is right in central KY. I would really need to find someone that raises good quality hay here, which is going to be hard to do. She has a pretty good set of papers. Her dam is a direct daughter of Bold Design and her father is a son of Hard Cash Jr., which is direct by Coin's Hard Cash. I don't think that she'll go padded, but I might get her trained for some country pleasure showing her three year old year.
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if you PM me where in KY I might be able to help you find some good feed

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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