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post #1 of 8 Old 08-14-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Good type of feed and supplement for my horse?

I have an all around horse so she does lots of different stuff but i don't ride her every day, maybe 4 times a week at most. She's fairy little too, only 14'3HH and in good shape. What would be a good feed or supplements to give her maybe once a week to give her extra vitamins etc. I was thinking maybe just getting her some plain old oats then putting some supplement in it but i don't know what kind. Any advice and tips you have is welcome! Thank you!
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-14-2010, 10:54 PM
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What is she being fed now? Often times, horses don't need additional supplements, and people give them to their horse. Is there anything she would need them for? For instance, does she need to gain weight? Are her hooves in bad condition? Does she need a joint supplement (arthritis, old age)? Just giving her a supplement for the heck of it can end up being a waste of money.
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She has been looking a looot skinnier than usual lately, which is odd cause her feed is the same. You can kinda see her ribs which has never happened before. i started giving her a bit of sweet feed after i ride but it hasn't made her hyper yet and she doesn't look quuuit as thin. i was thinking about getting a supplement for her coat tho
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Feeding once a week isn't going to help her nutritionally. If you want to just give her a treat once in a while, plain whole oats is fine. Just 1/2 or 1 scoop (3 qt feed scoop) is great for a treat.

If you want to give her something to help her condition and health, then you need to feed her daily. 1/2 scoop of oats daily along with an all around vitamin like GrandVite would be a good choice. GrandVite is a quality all around supplement with enough "goodies" in it to notice a difference in your horse's condition and appearance after a month or two. You need to be good about feeding it daily though.

Alfalfa pellets are also a good choice if your horse is on grass hay or pasture. That's what I feed my horses.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-14-2010, 11:38 PM
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Also, if she's dropping weight, you might want her teeth looked at by a vet and have a fecal egg count done to see if she's shedding a lot of worms. Increasing her hay would be a good idea as well.
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Thanks i'll check all of that. when i see her graze or eating she seems fine though and she eats normally and happily. i'll check though, just in case
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-16-2010, 02:54 AM
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How long has she been looking "skinny"? I find all my horses loose weight in the summer months...not alot, but enough to trim up a it.
First off they all are quite fat from winter of not doing as much and eating a lot more to stay warm.
Also I find that in summer w the bugs n heat, and increased excersice they do drop a bit of weight,
Now this inst bad in my case, as I say its jst more or less thier winter weight so to speak....nothing that would send alarm bells.
However some horses can loose alot of weight in "bug season" and may need a bit more calories to help keep an adequate weight.

If you're concerned about weight...adding some beet pulp to her diet is helpful, and a good supplement for her coat is ground flax.

Now if youre just wanting to add vitamins and minerals "just because", then throwing a trace mineral block into her paddock or stall is the easiest way of accomplishing that.

Horses are like can never just have one
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-22-2010, 11:49 AM
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If you are feeding her everyday anyway, you may want to look at feeding her a complete feed, that way you don't have to add any extra supplements. Purina offers several versions of complete feeds, and you can select the appropriate one for you based on the horses work load and your preferences. I would suggest Strategy, if you have an aversion to sweet feeds, or Omolene 200 if you don't. Purina's sweet feeds do not make horses hyper. I have used it for years without any effects on the horse's hyper levels.
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