Originally Posted by Firefightermike
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.
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.