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    03-06-2011, 10:23 PM
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Help me create a good diet for my horse please?

I'm stupid when it comes to feed/nutritional needs of a horse, I just can't get it! :(

Please tell me what you would feed if you were me :)
2001 Arab gelding, 14.3hh, about 1,000 lbs. Pretty easy keeper, but in the Spring when the grass is at its best he has to be on a pretty regular exercise program. Currently, he is a bit lighter than I would like him, but not "skinny". I would say he gets about 10lbs of hay a day. He gets 3lbs of patriot performance/day.

He gets ridden 3-5 times a week, about 20-45 minute rides. We do a lot of trotting to get him in shape, and we've been doing quite a bit of cantering to work on leads & balance etc.

I am planning on increasing his work to condition him for eventing training, same amount of days/week I'd say.

Please let me know what his nutritional requirements should be at this point, and what you'd recommend feeding. There are quite a few mills & feed stores around here, so I shouldn't have problems finding most things.

Thanks!
Liz
     
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    03-07-2011, 05:02 AM
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I personally would increase his hay to 20lbs and go with Patroit 30% supplememt intead of a grain based feed
     
    03-07-2011, 08:23 AM
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Weanling
I also took Peggysue's advice to switch my horse from a grain based feed to a supplement. After talking with her, I did a lot of my own research and I will never feed my horse grain again. The supplement feed has everything that they need and none of the grain or grain byproducts that they don't. I can only speak for myself, but my horse had a lot of "runny" issues and once I took him off of grain, it stopped almost immediately. Grain is not easy for a horse to digest. Some horses can handle it, others can't, but there are better alternatives out there.

THANK YOU PEGGYSUE! Jax is doing so much better on the Triple Crown.
     
    03-07-2011, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by RATHER BE RIDING    
I also took Peggysue's advice to switch my horse from a grain based feed to a supplement. After talking with her, I did a lot of my own research and I will never feed my horse grain again. The supplement feed has everything that they need and none of the grain or grain byproducts that they don't. I can only speak for myself, but my horse had a lot of "runny" issues and once I took him off of grain, it stopped almost immediately. Grain is not easy for a horse to digest. Some horses can handle it, others can't, but there are better alternatives out there.

THANK YOU PEGGYSUE! Jax is doing so much better on the Triple Crown.

Thank you and glad I could help
     
    03-07-2011, 09:50 AM
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Thanks, I was looking at doing something like that and getting him off traditional grains.

Does it come in 40lb bags or what? I googled it and all I found was Patriot 36%, which you feed 5-6lbs/day.
     
    03-07-2011, 10:29 AM
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Shouldn't be 5 to 6 lbs a day that is way too much hold on I will go to ADM site and get the link for you
     
    03-07-2011, 10:30 AM
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Patriot 36% Supplement
Features:
36% protein concentrate
Fortified with GROSTRONG Minerals and vitamins
Contains Prosponse yeast supplement, an aid to nutrient utilization

Benefits:
Consistent, fixed formula
Palatable, readily consumed for balanced nutrition

Feeding Instructions:
Mix with grain to make fortified feed or top-dress 1/2 to 2 lb daily



Minerals and Vitamins for horses.htm
     
    03-07-2011, 04:02 PM
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Weanling
2lbs of supplement xyz
Add 5lbs of abc feed at 32%
Add 2 oz of corn oil
Add some imported kelp from iceland
Mix your own mineral pack.


Why don't you start with the number 1 input that the horse needs/recieves - Good clean water.

The number 2 input the horse needs is forage! Good grass hay is not quantitative. Before you purchase a single supplement for your horse get a copy of the forage test or send a sample of your forage off to get tested!
     
    03-07-2011, 05:28 PM
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Thanks Peggysue! I think I'll check into that.

Thanks everyone else for their input :)
     
    03-09-2011, 02:01 PM
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Trained
Maybe this article will help you Eliz. I found it very informative!


Balancing Act - Designing A Diet For The Modern Horse
     

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