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    01-15-2012, 11:24 PM
Is my feeding regime acceptable?

I board my gelding at an agistment property, he's on a shared paddock arrangement with one other horse, on about 2 acres. There is heaps on grass and he's keeping good weight on just the grass so far (but he's only been there about a week so too early to tell.) However I would like to add a ration balancer to his diet just to make sure he's getting all the good stuff. But, my boarding place doesn't do feedings, I have to do it myself.

My plan is to give him the ration balancer every time I go out to see him and ride him. This would be about 3 - 4 times a week. I know ideally ration balancer should be fed everyday, but its not possible for me to make it out there everyday because of work commitments etc. Would be it be alright just to give it to him every 2 - 3 days? He's on Hygain Balanced if that makes any difference. Thanks for any advice
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    01-15-2012, 11:26 PM
How often & hard is your horse worked? Any special needs, such as young, or in foal, etc?
    01-15-2012, 11:26 PM
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Is the grass going to be available year round - I only ask because if the boarding facility doesn't do feedings and your work keeps you from going out more than 3-4 times a week I am left wondering what will happen when grass goes off-season.
    01-15-2012, 11:32 PM
Hes mostly just for pleasure riding, a 30 - 45 minute workout every few days. The have mentioned to me that they will feed hay when the grass is getting low, eg in winter. They also rotate paddocks frequently when the other paddock gets low.
    01-15-2012, 11:34 PM
Then he doesn't need anything else. Keep it simple, he has the grass which should be sufficent roughage, fiber & protien.
    01-15-2012, 11:42 PM
So quit with the ration balancer? Im assuming it wont really be helping if its not fed as directed.
    01-15-2012, 11:47 PM
Doesn't really sound like he needs it.
    01-16-2012, 01:25 PM
The quality of the grass in the pastures is only going to be as good as what the land allows and how it is managed. Most pastures are over used so they are low in certain nutrients and you need to supplement. Do you know if your pastures have the variety of grass that is exteemly high in P? Certain regions of the country are dangerously high and supplemental Ca must be added.

Your horse doesn't have any extreem demands but I would always add some type of mineral and vitamin supplement. Even 3-4 times a week is better than nothing. If he needs it, he'll use it. If he's low, some will be stored for use later. If he doesn't need it, he'll excrete it.
    01-16-2012, 07:55 PM
Yeah im not sure of the quality, it seems quite well managed though, they have alot of land and only about 10 horses total, paddocks are given holidays for like 6 months at a time or something. Im in Australia if that makes a difference. Thanks for the advice, he seems to like it too after a ride so I don't mind giving it to him :)
    01-16-2012, 09:54 PM
There is a variety of grass that I have only heard of grown in Australia that has dangerously high P levels. Can't think of the variety. It probably only grows in a certain area but you should know what it is and what it looks like.

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