Originally Posted by sandsarita
Thanks for your help so far guys. I have a couple of other questions. I am going ahead and starting her on beet pulp. Would there be any advantage or disadvantages to going ahead and giving her some alfalfa with it (neither in large amounts - starting out small here)?
Alfalfa is high in protein and has Lysine, an important amino acid. Alfalfa will aid in muscle development and her overall growth. It is also high in calcium. Personally, I would try just the alfalfa and only use beet pulp if she seems start acting more hyper than usual.
Also, she is currently on the pellets but I do have the option to switching to oats. Is there any benefits for a young horse that is in work to being on oats instead of pellets? I have always used the pellets, so oats are not something I am familiar with. Thanks in advance
Oats are a great simple feed that provide a lot of carbs for quick energy. If you feed only oats, you'll need to add a vit/min supplement though as they are not a complete feed. That said, they would be my choice over feed pellets.
I will look into the amino acid supplements some more. Is this something that is not usually in the horses diet? If not, is there a way to put it in through the feed, or does it have to be through the supplement? Thanks.
Grass hay is usually deficeint in amino acids. Alfalfa has some, but not a ton. Horses will get most of the aminos they need if they have quality pasture grazing that is more than just one type of grass. If your horse doesn't have grazing time, then added amino acids are beneficial.
You might consider using a supplement from horsetech.com or Uckele Equine Nutrition. Horsetech has one called High Point that is high in aminos. Uckele will add extra aminos to their Equi-Base Grass supplement (it has some, but not a lot).
I get a custom vit/min from Uckele with added aminos. I needed custom as we are on well water that is high in iron, so I needed something with no added iron. I also wanted extra Vit C, Vit E, copper, zinc, and magnesium for overall health and better attitude (magnesium is good for moody horses). My horses are also turned out all day, so I removed the Vit D from the mix. Here's my breakdown, values per-serving. It costs me $0.41 a day. The last three are amino acids.
Vitamin A 25,000 IU
Vitamin E 1,000 IU
Vitamin C 1,000 mg
Thiamine, B1 100 mg
Riboflavin, B2 75 mg
Niacin, B3 125 mg
Vitamin B12 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid, B5 50 mg
Folic Acid, B9 15 mg
Biotin 10 mg
Choline 75 mg
Iodine (I) 2 mg
Copper (Cu) 200 mg
Zinc (Zn) 400 mg
Selenium (Se) 1.5 mg
Cobalt (Co) 1 mg
Magnesium (Mg) 1 g
Manganese (Mn) 150 mg DL-Methionine 2.5 g
L-Lysine 4 g
L-Threonine 1 g