So... I have actually spent the last two or three hours researching all that I can on horse nutrition; and I'm not really all that closer to knowing what to give my boy. I need advice!
My boy is a yearling mustang colt whom I recently adopted. He's been primarily eating alfalfa hay without any additional supplementation. His weight is great / fantastic / just where it needs to be without being on the pudgy side. My only concern is making sure that he is getting the appropriate amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals, etc. Also, he's been rather runny in the poo department... so I'm planning to get him on some sort of probiotic or something.
So, given that he doesn't appear to need a lot of feed for the calories aspect, I think it would be best to give him a ration balancer as opposed to mare/foal feed. Is that okay?
Here's a diet that I'm trying to decide will work or not:
-2-3 pounds daily of Elenbaas Equiscience Equibalance (Elenbaas)
- 1 oz of Horse Guard (Horse Guard Details)
- 1 oz of Gut Guard (Bacterial Yeast Inoculant Details)
The Equibalance feed has a relatively high level of protein, which I think should give him the protein he needs... however according to the research I've done, it falls short in providing the amount of Selenium needed for horses in my area. Thus, I am considering giving him a half dose of Horse Guard which is a highly concentrated mineral/vitamin supplement to cover the difference. The Horse Guard already has some probiotics and digestive aids in it, however considering the severity of the runs my colt has been having, I thought I'd give him some of the Gut Guard in addition... at least until he reestablishes a healthy system.
My main concern is, will giving a half dose of Horse Guard in addition to the Equibalance risk "overdosing" him?