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post #1 of 6 Old 08-16-2010, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Good type of feed?

Hey guys,

I have a 7 yr old QH mare who is currently idling. She is in a very large paddock with plenty of grass to graze on. I currently only spend weekends with her due to work. When I do go to see her I give her a mixture of wheaten chaff and lucerne chaff with occassionally a drizzle of mollasses as a treat along with apples and carrots. My question is, is there any other better feed or a more exciting mix that I can give her? Also should I be giving her any type of supplements? She is very healthy and does not need to gain any weight at all. I would possibly like to give her something to improve the growth of her mane and tail though.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-16-2010, 12:41 PM
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If it aint broke dont fix it

Meaning from the sounds of it, she doesn't need anything xtra especially if she is just hanging out being a horse.

A good supplement for mane and tail growth is ground flax, but you'd have to feed it daily to really see a difference, that goes w any supplement, feeding it once or twice a week really wont have much affect.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-16-2010, 12:50 PM
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Unless she will receive the supplement or feed daily, then there's no benefit in giving her anything. You may want to look in to a loose vitamin/mineral that you can give her free choice, or a block. Otherwise, just keep doing what you're doing.

If you can have her fed daily, I would look into an overall vit/min supplement to mix with your chaff. Some flax meal (or linseed meal) is good for hoof & hair growth, or any other hoof/coat supplement. The same things that are good for hoof growth will help hair growth as well. I wouldn't use any other feeds or grains if she keeps her weight well on just grass.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-16-2010, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Excellent! Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated!
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I disagree that there's no point in a supp unless it's daily. While it's always better to feed stuff little & often, giving a good quality supplement weekly will still be beneficial & help her gain at least some of what will be lacking in her diet. I agree that flax & oils are good for the coat & hooves, but good all round nutrition is the major key.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-26-2010, 05:56 AM
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mix in "Eas Result" with your feed. They love it, small balls of vitamins and minerals, does not put heat into them, the oils and minerals make their coat nice and it should make her mane nice and shiny, and improve on weight of the hair and the growth etc. Give it a try, it doesnt cost much and is kinda a treat. When feeding give a large scroop, trust me you horses speed of eating will grow faster too ;)
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