I have 3 totally difftent types of horses. I have two 3yo's, one is an air fern and the other.....uses his calories, and one 17 yo that seems to be a hard keeper. I have been caring for horses my whole life and don't have a problem with sweet feed per say, but I do know there are better things out there.
My feed plan has a good amount of sf in it and I would like to get them on a better diet. Please give some thoughts on ration balancers, I've done some research, but Im not sure what is avaliable to me. I can get stuff from TSC and I also have access to Kent products.
Everyone is on turnout and have free choice hay. These feed schedules are broke down into 2 feedings.
How would YOU feed my horses?
Char, 17 yo, high energy, rarely used, semi hard keeper. She is a big girl...easy 17 hands. She is getting 9qts of kent senior and 3 qts of sweet( just to break up the senior...its much stickier than the sf?!) I also add 1/2 cup cocosoya and 1 scoop of omegatin. She seems to be at an ok weight now, but I know it could be better.
Cole, 3yo, high energy, in training. Saddlebreds are a late growing breed and I am concerned about bone and joint development. Also going to be a big guy, 16 hands now...I expect him to get 16.2 - 17 hands.
He is was getting 3 scoops a day of sf when I got him. I have switched him to 2 scoops of mare and foal ( neturena) and a scoop of sweet to get him to eat the powdered vit's.
And.....the air fern
Suzie, 3yo arab, in training
She is getting 1 1/2 sweet feed a day. She was thin when I got her, but that was a while ago. She also has issues with rain rot, from my research, I've learned this may be from a copper deficintcy?
They all also have access to a mineral block, but I know it may not be enough.
Any thoughts would be greatly appriciated.