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post #1 of 4 Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Help! in need of help finding the right feed for my 2 year old mare

i have a 2 year old palomino mare, and im in need of some suggestions on what to addition feed i can add in with her oats to help her grow and put on weight
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-21-2012, 01:52 PM
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I reccomend purina strategy foal grow formula... I've posted about it before but I really lovvveee this stuff and so does my filly. She only gets about 2.5lbs a day but she's been growin' like a weed in all directions it seems like... It's also pretty safe, you could if you were crazy feed it as a hay supplement so it's pretty fool proof in my opinion. I add biotin and flax oil to it a couple times per week for healthy hoofs and coat.

not to mention it's pretty inexpensive, approx 20$/ bag

life has no remote control hitch them up and drive them your self
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-25-2012, 07:00 AM
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Why are you feeding oats & what else are you feeding? A basic low starch, high fibre diet of free choice(or little & often) hay/grass and appropriate nutritional supplements to give her what she needs should about do. I'd consult a nutritionist or use something like feedxl.com to ensure a well balanced diet. A proportion of the diet could be lucerne/alfalfa or such, which is high in protein, energy & calcium can be good but may be too much for 'easy keepers'. Health problems(DODs for eg) can arise if you try to 'grow up' a foal too quickly or allow them to become overweight.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-30-2012, 10:50 PM
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Your 2 year old looks to be an ideal weight.

Mother Nature pretty much has been taken out of the equation since horses have been domesticated, unfortunately, but she still knows best. I agree with loosie on keeping the diet simplistic.
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