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post #1 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Need to feed as little grain as possible to a performance pony...suggestions?

I have a 14.1 qh/tb/arab pony mare that I compete in pony jumpers with. However, I am feeding her 8lbs a day of Strategy... and I don't like for her to have to eat that much grain.
She is turned out 24/7 in a small-ish field(short grass) and has 24/7 access to ok quality hay (barn feeds this hay; I can't change it., even though I REALLY want better quality hay)
...What feed should I get to feed her less???

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How is her weight right now? Is she underweight? Overweight? Just right?

If your having problems keeping weight on her, maybe cut back on the grain and use beet pulp?
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She is in alright weight right now, a little underweight for my taste.
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I would try to cut back on the grain, and add soak beet pulp into her diet. And I'd recommend a Omega-3 fatty acid supplement to her diet. That will help with skin/coat issues and get a really good shine for the show ring.

Obviously, the best thing to do is get a better quality hay into her diet, or better pasture, but I completely understand how that is probably impossible unless you move her someplace else.

Is she on a regular deworming schedule and her teeth are in good shape?

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I'd switch off of strategy...just personal taste, I don't like it...
I REALLY like Safe Choice as a feed. My horses hooves are darker and stronger, coats sleeker and putting on weight out the wazoo! And I don't have to feed as much.
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I would try to cut back on the grain, and add soak beet pulp into her diet. And I'd recommend a Omega-3 fatty acid supplement to her diet. That will help with skin/coat issues and get a really good shine for the show ring.

Obviously, the best thing to do is get a better quality hay into her diet, or better pasture, but I completely understand how that is probably impossible unless you move her someplace else.

Is she on a regular deworming schedule and her teeth are in good shape?
That's ironic, because the other month I finally weaned her off 4lbs of soaked beet pulp/day! (I feed that in winter b/c it makes me feel better when she has a hot mash!!)

She was on Stablized rice bran this winter, which was wonderful, but the feed stores suddenly stopped carrying it. ):

As for the hay; I really wish they would get better hay. The owner doesnt (or so I assume) like to pay a lot for the hay, as they feed it to their goats as well.

Her teeth are good, and she is on a rotaional de-worming schedule currently.
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I'd switch off of strategy...just personal taste, I don't like it...
I REALLY like Safe Choice as a feed. My horses hooves are darker and stronger, coats sleeker and putting on weight out the wazoo! And I don't have to feed as much.
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Yes, I had her on that when she was a filly... I just find it doesnt do the job I need a feed to do now. I need more of a performance horse feed, with high fat/protien content.
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LoL, Funny.

How old is she? I put my 13 year old gelding on LifeDesign Senior and he's doing very well on it. It has beet pulp, rice, bran, omega 3's, and 14% protein, 6% fat. Biotin and prebiotics/probiotics for better absorption and digestion.

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I really like it because I don't have to mix so many things together and he's still gaining weight on it. He's become a hard keeper, sad to say...And I only give 4 pounds a day.

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LoL, Funny.

How old is she? I put my 13 year old gelding on LifeDesign Senior and he's doing very well on it. It has beet pulp, rice, bran, omega 3's, and 14% protein, 6% fat. Biotin and prebiotics/probiotics for better absorption and digestion.

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I really like it because I don't have to mix so many things together and he's still gaining weight on it. He's become a hard keeper, sad to say...And I only give 4 pounds a day.

She just turned 6 in March(:
Lol, would it be appropriate to feed a senior feed to her ? XD
There is a mule at my barn who is 5 but is on Purina Senior something... Apparently recommended by his vet!

I would LOVE to only feed four pounds a day!! You are lucky! Haha.
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What's "appropriate" completely depends on the horse. I've known lots of OTTB's that have been fed senior feed and most of them at under 4 years old. There isn't anything in a senior feed that will hurt her. If you read some of the reviews, there are all types of horses that are on that feed and lots of different ages.

I am lucky. But we also feed 2nd cutting alfalfa hay and I LOVE my hay supplier. It's gorgeous! He also doesn't get worked all that much so that helps because he's not really burning the calories that your horse probably does.
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