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  • Basic feeding regime for weanling horses
  • Regime of food for horse

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    10-08-2012, 12:39 AM
  #1
Weanling
New Feeding Regime

So I just wanted to share what I have decided to put Junior on for the winter. Every winter has been a struggle with his weight no matter what we have tried.

This year he is on -
AM:
1 flake alfalfa hay
Free choice orchard grass hay
4 qrts beet pulp [which is around 15 qrts once it is soaked]
4 qrts Purina senior feed

PM:
1 flake alfalfa hay
Free choice orchard grass hay
4 qrts beet pulp [which is around 15 qrts once it is soaked]
4 qrts Purina senior feed
1 scoop MSM
1 scoop Glucosamine
2 scoops Biotin

NOTE: He finishes all of this feed. Never leaves any of the "mash" behind or the alfalfa. The orchard grass hay is in a hay bag that I just keep full for him. It takes him like 3-4 days to go through 1/3 of a bale. It is free choice, so he decides if and when he wants it.

He will be put on U-Gard as soon as it arrives in the mail as well.

As the winter gets colder I will up his beet pulp. He was being fed about 30 qrts of beet pulp twice a day plus 4 qrts of senior grain twice a day and then his supplements. I added in the alfalfa and orchard grass once I took him back from the lease he was on and cut down the beet pulp cause he wasn't finishing it anyway. Pretty sure the mini horse that was with him during his lease was eating some of his food.

I have my fingers crossed that he will maintain his weight this winter. Just want opinions and support I guess. It is always a long and hard battle with Junior. I got him a blanket liner for when it gets colder as well.
     
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    10-08-2012, 01:18 AM
  #2
Green Broke
If that's what you've got to do to keep weight on your horse then I'm glad you're doing it (and beet pulp is a great choice, btw), but I have an easy keeper and reading those quantities of feed just leaves me like
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    10-08-2012, 01:24 AM
  #3
Weanling
My horse is an EXTREMELY hard keeper. I swear he can drop weight overnight.

To give you an idea, this is him in March/April of this year. This was right after a bad winter. During this winter, he was stalled, blanketed and being fed two flakes of orchard grass hay twice a day along with 4 qrts of grain twice a day. That right there would be enough for a easy keeper lol, if not more than enough


This is what he looks like right now, after changing his feed.
     
    10-08-2012, 01:26 AM
  #4
Weanling
I love what he looks like right now. I just hope he keeps the weight. I hate it when he comes out of winter looking like an emaciated horse even though I am trying my butt off lol. He has been vet checked, had blood work done and had his teeth looked at. He is up to date on worming and everything.

He is just one of those horses that really makes you work.
     
    10-08-2012, 01:31 AM
  #5
Weanling
WOW! He looks great! I think your feed regimen is about right, more roughage than grain. ++1 on the beet pulp, too. Hope your boy continues to look good going into the cold winter months.
     
    10-08-2012, 01:33 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thank you. I have looked into weight gainers just in case this regime doesn't do as well as we are hoping. SmartGain4 is an option. I have tried cool calories in the past and they don't work for him at all. As bad as it sounds I am almost hoping that he has ulcers because then at least I will know why he drops weight randomly like he does :(
     
    10-08-2012, 01:50 AM
  #7
Foal
If your looking for something to add for ulcers you may look into Ulc R Aid. It works wonders on my ulcer prone gelding and youngsters in training. Its really affordable too. Wish I had before and after pics of a 2 yr old I had in training, his behavior and appearance were amazing after being on it for a few weeks. Do you have plans of getting him scoped?
     
    10-08-2012, 02:03 AM
  #8
Weanling
My horses are on something similar.

Sadie & Her colt Polo:

AM:
1/2 Flake alf
1 flake oat
12lbs stable mix
1/2lbs Equine Focus (1qt)
1/4 lbs Wet Cob (1qt)
2 scoops wheat bran mash (6qts)

PM:
1/2 Flake Alf
Another flake of oat (if she needs it)
12lbs Stable mix
1/2 lbs Equine Focus
1/4 Wet Cob
1/2 bucket of beet pulp (1/2 gallon? I need to look)
1 scoop MSM
1 scoop salt
2 scoops ground flax seed
2 cups veggie oil

Tina & Her colt Marco:

AM:
2 flakes oat
8lbs stable mix
3/4 lbs Equine Focus
1/4 wet cob
1/2 scoop Mash

PM:
2 Flakes oat
10lbs stable mix
1/4lbs Equine Focus
1/4 Cob
1/2 bucket pulp
1 scoop MSM
1 scoop salt
2 scoops flax


Tina is a pretty easy keeper. I upped her rations for the baby. She is a bit fat right now cause I am prepping them for the winter. =] She is older now so she doesn't do as well in the cold. Still is a tank but not quite as well as she yooster ;]
     
    10-08-2012, 02:05 AM
  #9
Weanling
I don't have plans of getting him scoped only because it is extremely spendy. Maybe when I have the money to. I was able to get blood work done on him and a full physical and he came up 100% healthy. I do want to have him vet checked again soon but it just depends. I just got a job after moving and being unemployed for 2 months.

I have read great reviews for U-Gard as well and have ordered some. I am hoping I will see a difference He has a great attitude his weight is just very shifty. One moment he will be great and then he will drop weight even though his feed hasn't changed. All my fingers are crossed for this winter lol.
     
    10-08-2012, 02:07 AM
  #10
Weanling
Have you had this teethies floated?


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Originally Posted by NordicJuniper    
I don't have plans of getting him scoped only because it is extremely spendy. Maybe when I have the money to. I was able to get blood work done on him and a full physical and he came up 100% healthy. I do want to have him vet checked again soon but it just depends. I just got a job after moving and being unemployed for 2 months.

I have read great reviews for U-Gard as well and have ordered some. I am hoping I will see a difference He has a great attitude his weight is just very shifty. One moment he will be great and then he will drop weight even though his feed hasn't changed. All my fingers are crossed for this winter lol.
     

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