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  • What do you recommend to feed an easy keeper 15 year old mare to control her weight

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    03-19-2012, 12:23 AM
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Foal
New Horse, Easy Keeper, Daily green pasture, what suppliments are best?

We should be picking up our first family horse in a couple of months. We are in the process of getting our pasture and shelter ready for her. She is 15 and a very easy keeper. She has always been kept in a pasture (day and night) and fed about a coffee can a day of grain.

I am not new to horses, but have never owned one on my property. We live on acreage and can give her a 3 acre pasture to graze. Its just good 'ole K32 country grass.

There are a lot of local families that bale their own hay (lots of alfalfa here in MO). With so many different feeds, grains and suppliments (not to mention hays) on the market...how to I weed through it all to make sure she is getting optimal nutrition? I do a home cooked diet for our Danes so I know exactly what they are getting. I think too much about nutrition I'm afraid.

So...what would you recommend? I imagine she will be ridden 3x per week on average. She is for all of us, but I hope to teach my children to ride (and LOVE) horses with her. Right now, she is used on a cattle farm so when she is ridden, she is worked hard. Life will be much quieter here. I think she is a bit over weight now but until I really get a good look at her its hard to say.

Thank you kindly!
     
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    03-19-2012, 01:05 AM
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You might look at putting a grazing muzzle on her for part of the day to control how much she is eating, especially getting used to the grass in your pasture. If there is enough grass she likely won't need hay in the summer along with the pasture, but in the winter grass hay is your best bet with an easy keeper.
As far as supplements, a low cal ration balancer or loose mineral fed over a little bit of soaked beet pulp (molasses free) will get her eating a balanced diet. Find out what is deficient in soils in your area (selenium, copper, etc..) and find a mineral that is balanced for your area. Your local feed store should e a good resource on this.
After that, regular floats (filing the teeth down) and 24/7/365 access to clean water should keep her happy and healthy :)

Good luck!
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    03-19-2012, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
You might look at putting a grazing muzzle on her for part of the day to control how much she is eating, especially getting used to the grass in your pasture. If there is enough grass she likely won't need hay in the summer along with the pasture, but in the winter grass hay is your best bet with an easy keeper.
As far as supplements, a low cal ration balancer or loose mineral fed over a little bit of soaked beet pulp (molasses free) will get her eating a balanced diet. Find out what is deficient in soils in your area (selenium, copper, etc..) and find a mineral that is balanced for your area. Your local feed store should e a good resource on this.
After that, regular floats (filing the teeth down) and 24/7/365 access to clean water should keep her happy and healthy :)

Good luck!
Great idea...I hadn't thought about a grazing muzzle. Fortunatly, she is only 2 hours away so I think her current pasture shouldn't be too far off from ours. I will go to our local small town feed store and ask about mineral suppliments. We only buy cracked corn and mineral blocks for the deer, but they are very nice folks.

Would you offer hay daily in the summer just in case or leave it out all together as long as the pasture is nice and green?

They give her grain once a day now, but I would probably split that into 2 feedings once she is here.

Do you think 3 acres is enough? She will be the only horse for a while. Once my daughter is older (if she is as much of a horse nut as I am) we will consider getting a second. I want to make sure they have plenty of room.
     
    03-19-2012, 01:20 AM
  #4
Foal
Ditto Anebel..plus salt and maybe mag ox. Does she have a cresty neck?
     
    03-19-2012, 01:32 AM
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Ditto Anebel..plus salt and maybe mag ox. Does she have a cresty neck?
Not that I can tell from photos. I haven't seen her in person yet. She is my husbands cousins horse. I hope to get some more current photos of her soon. She said they just ran cattle with her a few days ago and worked her pretty hard. They said she did just fine, but she isn't ridden as much as she used to be. She is very quiet and loves people, very gentle and great with kids.

ETA: Her current owner said she is getting a little fat. She is a 15 hand 15 year old QH. I imagine she is putting a little weight on if they aren't working her as much now.
     
    03-19-2012, 03:10 AM
  #6
Trained
If horses have grass they usually ignore the hay, or use it as bedding :P if she is maintaining condition she is getting enough to eat, you really have to play it by ear though as every horse is different. If she is losing weight then check teeth, do a fecal worm count and add in forage and possibly concentrates as needed.
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    03-21-2012, 01:14 AM
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Hi,

Take a look at Katy Watts | Safergrass.org & Horse Nutrition Facts and Equine Feed Information for general diet/nutrition info. www.Feedxl.com is a brilliant resource IMO to help work out what particular horses in particular situations need & gives access to equine nutritionists to ask specific questions of. If it's your own property, I'd personally do a pasture analysis to know precisely what is there/lacking.

Basically, keeping her diet as simple & natural, and adding a good nutritional supplement is generally best. Ie horses are built for near constant feeding on small amounts of poor quality(compared to cattle fattening pasture/grain), fibrous roughage. So average grass/grass hay is generally a great base.

Supping either a powdered complete balancer as Annabel suggests, or a (grain free) pelleted 'ration balancer' can be the simplest way to ensure they're getting good nutrition. Eg. My horses are on pasture without need of additional feeding. I've found a suitable low dose, low-cal 'ration balancer' that gives them everything they need in one small handful, aside from being a bit short in sodium, chloride & iodine. So I supply that with a lump of rocksalt with a bit of liquid seaweed emulsion poured over it, free choice in their paddock. Omega 3s/fatty acids are something that don't come up in analysis but I consider important & I supp these with a small amount of freshly ground linseed.

You will see in the above sources that after more recent research, grain & other high sugar/starch feeds are often considered not the best any more. The reason is that horses don't cope well with too much starch/sugar & this can cause a number of health issues. Unprocessed grain is also generally hard to digest and when it's fed in only a few or less meals a day, rather than little & often as the horse's GI tract is built for, it can be even more problematic. There are IMO generally more appropriate, safer forms of high energy feed, such as beet pulp, alfalfa, etc if necessary.

But on that note, my bet is too many calories will likely be her problem & she won't be likely to need extra. Instead you'll likely need to restrict intake. This can be done as annabel suggested, with part time use of a grazing muzzle, keeping her in a grass free area & feeding soaked(to leach out sugars) hay, or keeping her on a track setup. The latter is what I choose, as it also motivates more exercise for otherwise sedentary paddock dwellers. You can get some good ideas of different possibilities & compromises of this type management on SNHC*|*Paddock Paradise Grazing
     

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