How much protein for a 3 yr old Gelding?

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How much protein for a 3 yr old Gelding?

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  • How much protein 3 year old horse
  • Feeding my 3yr old horse

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    11-27-2011, 07:35 PM
Smile How much protein for a 3 yr old Gelding?

Right now he is getting 12%. The owner of the stable I board at suggested that he might need more.. to fill out. I agreed, but I wanted to do some research. Thought I'd post on here first :) See what you guys recommend! He is a Quarter Horse too if that helps any. Thanks~

FYI - I am a first time horse owner, so I'm new to the whole feeding thing.
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    11-27-2011, 08:27 PM
I try not to feed more than a 12% protein at any point after they are one year old. If you want him to put on weight, look at a higher fat feed rather than higher protein. Also, a lot of horses just don't build their bulk until they hit about four or five. If he is health otherwise, I would leave it alone and just wait for nature to take it's due course.
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    11-28-2011, 11:59 AM
Don't think of it in terms of percentage. 12% vs 14% means very little. How much he is getting is what's important. People couldn't wrap their heads around ration balancers when they first came out. 30% protein flipped alot of people out. If you feed what the recommenation is 2# of a 30% is .6# of protein where 6# of 12% is more protein at .72#. Depending upon your hay, you might be satisfying his protein requirements with that alone. A 3 year old needs less than the equivalent of 1 1/2# protein a day. Upping the protein content might just be throwing $$ away.

A 3 year old gelding is a teenager. He'll be better off filling out slowly over time and not stressing his joints while he continues to grow.
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    11-30-2011, 05:39 PM
I see what you're saying. You both make good points. It was mentioned by my stables owner. I wouldn't want to put any stress on his joints, so I'll see how he looks a month from now and go from there. Just got him on the 7th of November so he's just gotten use to the new food he is eating now. So I guess I should wait a little while longer anyway. Thanks very much :)
    11-30-2011, 06:20 PM
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I agree, just wait a little longer. I don't like it when people try to fill out young ones, just not good for their joints! Can you see ribs? Any pictures?

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