First time with horse at home, help with feed.

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    09-20-2013, 05:12 PM
Red face First time with horse at home, help with feed.

Okay so I've been working with horses for over 10 years now and am planing to keep a few horses of my own at my farm. All the horses that I've previously owned have been boarded so I didn't worry much about feeding but now I am looking at doing it myself.

I know that a good quality hay is important but I would like opinions on which kind if hay is better. (Timothy, alfalfa, grass hay, ect) How much to feed? (Roughly of course)

Salt and equine mineral is also very high on my list as important nutritional factors so any help with what brands and types are preferable.

Also I would like some help with kinds of grain to feed as well.

And any other additions I have forgotten XD

Thank you for the help!
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    09-20-2013, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
First of all, how exciting for you! My first horse was boarded when I got her, and I couldn't wait until we built the shed and fencing to bring her home! Everything you've listed is perfect, (many ppl don't consider a loose mineral) - as for the hay : Timothy or Grass Hay absolutely, unless you have a hard keeper. Anything with alfalfa causes all of my mares to blow up like balloons, and one of my Morgans almost foundered this spring because of it! Definitely keep grain off your list unless you have a horse with a special diet need and a Vet recommends something specific...Grain in a horse's diet is unnecessary aside from that fact, and we humans tend to complicate their lives with too much of that sort of thing. I'd personally (and do for my mares) choose : 1) Timothy or Grass Hay, 2) A daily loose mineral such as GroStrong, 3) Free-choice salt blocks, (mineral/Himalayan), and of course all the fresh clean water they can drink. The best of luck and have fun! Nothing compares to having your horses at home :)

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