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post #1 of 7 Old 06-12-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Need some help with my horses feed

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So I'm trying to put together a good feed for my horse and I have a lot of questions. So I'll start with a quick description of her: she's 14.2hh part arab, 19 years old but sure doesnt think she is, she's forward to ride (really you wouldn't kn
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Since she's getting into more mature years, definitely monitor how well she can chew hay. Older horses tend to need things soaked or even in place of things that younger horses require.

You want to have no sugar in her diet if you can help it. LOTS of fibre, protein, fat, and vitamins and minerals are important.

I recommend talking with your vet about putting her on a good value senior feed.

I loved having Sky on Triple Crown Senior with loose salt and hay 24/7. He now is also on Cosequin (concentrate) and MSM for his joint health. I check his teeth twice a year since he tends to have hooks appear every 8-9 months.

It may also be a good idea to think about running a blood panel on your horse to check for any deficiencies after you begin the new diet.

www.FeedXL.com is a fabulous tool. It costs $50 per year or less for smaller increments of time.

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Now what exactly do you do with her? That could gauge how much grain she requires for energy.

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I'm sorry I had trouble posting this

Hello everyone!

So I'm trying to put together a good feed for my horse and I have a lot of questions. So I'll start with a quick description of her: she's 14.2hh part arab, 19 years old but sure doesnt think she is, she's forward to ride (really you wouldn't know she's nineteen and we are currently doing some re-education). She's at a pretty good weight but I honestly wouldn't mind if she put a bit more on as she doesn't have a lot of fat on her (keep in mind this isn't the purpose of the new feed though). She is on pasture board with one daily feed (sometimes hay as well but she is never terribly interested in this). More than one feed daily is not possible.

Currently I have been feeding her a scoop of oaten chaff (this scoop is about twice a regular ice cream container) and cell provide (it comes with a scoop thing and I give her the big side - which I'm guessing is about a tablespoon). However the barn owners seem to be feeding her differently when I am not there so I would like to change her feed and hopefully clarify A few things. Though I'm not very experienced with feeds, hense I came here.

Here are the grains/supplements available to me:

Oaten chaff
Lucerne chaff
Speedibeat
Canola meal
Copper
Cell provide
Garlic
MsM
Dolomite



If you could suggest what to feed her it would be greatly appreciated and if you could include how much of each thing and why you would suggest it. Also any suggestions of other grains/supplements are welcome.

Thank you!
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What part of the world are you in? Your use of chaff makes me think the UK, Canada, or new Zealand/Australia?

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Hello and thank you very much for your reply Skyseternalangel (also I apologise for my clumsy posting I posted before I was finished).

Currently most of my riding with her is focused on fixing up her straightness and just generally improving her performance under saddle. Rides generally consist of circles for cantering, lots of trot work and plenty of walking breaks. I also do a little bit of jumping but she is very awkward in jumping and will leap far before we reach the jump and then run off afterwards so I am working only on small cross rails.

Thank you for your tips on what to have in her diet/what not to. :)
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What part of the world are you in? Your use of chaff makes me think the UK, Canada, or new Zealand/Australia?
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Also I usually ride 3 times a week (no more).
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