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post #1 of 4 Old 07-25-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Help with feeding!

I am getting ready to move my four horses from 20 acres where they are grass fed to six with very little graze. I have never been in this situation before and have no idea what to feed and how often to feed. I have a 20 year old mare with a foal at her side, a two year old and a three year old. Do I need to give special feed or will a sweet feed work for them??
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-25-2013, 11:24 AM
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If they were doing well without grain on the 20 acres, they shouldn't need it on 6 either. Will they be out on all 6 acres all the time, or are you splitting into sections to rotate pastures, putting them in a sacrifice area at night, etc.?

You'll probably need to supplement hay (have it available free choice if possible, at least for the nursing mare), and adding in a ration balancer wouldn't be a bad idea either. A specific mare & foal formula might be a good idea for the mom and baby.

I'd definitely avoid sweet feed- horses don't handle sugar and starch very well, and sweet feeds are high in both of those.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-25-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Only three acres can be grazed as the rest is wooded. I have the mare on a special feed already since we are keeping her closer to the house in a smaller pen. I plan on making a holding pen to keep them in overnight and anytime it rains since the main grazing there floods sometimes.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-25-2013, 12:13 PM
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Agree with Verona, provide free choice hay and provide either a ration balancer for the 2 and 3 year olds or a pelleted vitamin supplement.
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