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post #1 of 4 Old 10-18-2013, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie with Feed Question?

Just joined the forum, looking forward to insights and info from everyone. I am back in the horse business after about a 15 year absence. I got out when my girls lost interest and I opened a retail business. My grand children are now showing an interest in horses, so I recently purchased a 9 year old QTR horse mare. I have been studying feeds, and have decided to stay away from sweet feeds. I have narrowed it to a couple of total feeds, and free choice hay. The mare was only fed every other day with 8 oz of feed and on pasture grass. I have begun a transition to twice a day gradually increasing the amount to 2 qts each feeding with intent on approx a gallon per each feeding. In my opinion she is a little underweight, I will be exercising her daily trying to give her more muscle tone while putting a little more weight on her. I am considering going to the Prime Quality Mega Bite. Anyone have experience with this feed. Any other suggestions.

Thanks Mike!
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Just joined the forum, looking forward to insights and info from everyone. I am back in the horse business after about a 15 year absence. I got out when my girls lost interest and I opened a retail business. My grand children are now showing an interest in horses, so I recently purchased a 9 year old QTR horse mare. I have been studying feeds, and have decided to stay away from sweet feeds. I have narrowed it to a couple of total feeds, and free choice hay. The mare was only fed every other day with 8 oz of feed and on pasture grass. I have begun a transition to twice a day gradually increasing the amount to 2 qts each feeding with intent on approx a gallon per each feeding. In my opinion she is a little underweight, I will be exercising her daily trying to give her more muscle tone while putting a little more weight on her. I am considering going to the Prime Quality Mega Bite. Anyone have experience with this feed. Any other suggestions.

Thanks Mike!
I just have 2 thoughts on your program. First, we feed by weight nowadays, not by volume. So, 2 qts, 1 gallon, don't really tell us how much you're feeding as different feeds can weigh more or less because of the ingredients.

Second, I've never heard of the brand, so I looked it up. Wasn't much impressed with it (personal opinion only). I prefer to stick with name brands, so Purina, Nutrena, Triple Crown etc.

I feed my horses Purina Strategy Healthy Edge, higher fat content and lower starch. I have found that while the feed is more expensive by the bag, I feed less of it to maintain a good weight than I do when feeding lesser quality feeds. I was feeding Strategy GX at the rate of 5-6 lbs per day and now feed roughly 3.5 lbs of the Healthy Edge. Strategy GX costs me $18/50 lb bag and Healthy Edge is $19/50 lb bag, so not that much difference, but I can get more feedings from the Healthy Edge. I have 10 horses so every little bit helps.

Hope some of this is helpful to you.

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Never heard of it either lol. I've seen worse feeds, but also better one's, like the Healthy Edge Dreamcatcher mentioned.
What makes me wonder about that feed..."roughage products"...hmmm. And it contains quite a bit of corn.
I would start out with good quality free choice hay, a vitamin-mineral supplement and soaked alfalfa pellets as a carrier for the supplements. Or a ration balancer, which is being fed at 1lb/1000lbs daily and contains all vit/min, a probiotic, proteins for building muscle.
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I just have 2 thoughts on your program. First, we feed by weight nowadays, not by volume. So, 2 qts, 1 gallon, don't really tell us how much you're feeding as different feeds can weigh more or less because of the ingredients.

Second, I've never heard of the brand, so I looked it up. Wasn't much impressed with it (personal opinion only). I prefer to stick with name brands, so Purina, Nutrena, Triple Crown etc.

I feed my horses Purina Strategy Healthy Edge, higher fat content and lower starch. I have found that while the feed is more expensive by the bag, I feed less of it to maintain a good weight than I do when feeding lesser quality feeds. I was feeding Strategy GX at the rate of 5-6 lbs per day and now feed roughly 3.5 lbs of the Healthy Edge. Strategy GX costs me $18/50 lb bag and Healthy Edge is $19/50 lb bag, so not that much difference, but I can get more feedings from the Healthy Edge. I have 10 horses so every little bit helps.

Hope some of this is helpful to you.
Thanks, I weighed the feed and scoop. I am approx 1.2 lbs per feeding.
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