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post #1 of 2 Old 09-08-2010, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Lots of stuff

Okay so I have been looking around here and see that everyone says to feed by weight not scoop/flake. So this weekend I'm going to be getting a scale and weight taping my gelding to ensure he is getting proper amounts of food.

At the moment he is eating a 3qt scoop of complete feed pellets and 2 flakes of good hay 2 times a day. He is 21 years old and since winter is coming I want to make sure he doesn't loose any weight on me. I have boarded him since I got him and he is a very easy keeper, but we moved to a new barn this summer and this will be the first winter here. It is going to be a cold one too!!!!

So my questions are:
1. Is there anything that I could feed him that will help maintain weight and so he isn't so achy this winter?
2. Is 2-3% of his body weight correct for hay?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-15-2010, 12:15 AM
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Extra hay will help him stay warm and keep his weight up. I feed around 3% in body weight of hay for horses that I feed squares to. My main pasture I give free choice hay with round bales of grass hay.


To help him from getting achy, I would try 10 g's of MSM a day, or a "Senior" joint supplement, like SmartPak's.
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