A nutritious diet? Advice wanted

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    06-06-2012, 11:21 PM
A nutritious diet? Advice wanted

I have a Quarter pony who probably stands at about 13 1/2 hands. He is boarded at a ranch and they used to feed him only alfalfa/bermuda bellets day and night. Then last month they switched the horses To just Burmuda grass hay day/night. I also Feed my horse 2 scoops of Alfalfa burmuda pellets in the middle of the day everyday because grass hay just is not enough. I also give him wheat bran once a week.

Does anybody have any opinions on anything I should be doing different or adding to his diet? I want him to have a full nutritious diet but don't know enough about feed to completly do so. All opinions appreciated
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    06-06-2012, 11:25 PM
Does it have the ingredients or mineral information on the bag of pellets?

Does he have access to a salt block? Is he on any supplements?
    06-07-2012, 12:27 AM
I have not thought to lookf for the minerals and ingredients on the bag. I may or may not have it But I will look tomorow. What things should I be looking for on that? And yes he does have access to a salt block and no on the supplements. He is a pretty healthy horse but Sense is main diet is mostly grass hay,being the ranch changed thier feed. I am worried he may not be getting enough of the things he needs.
    06-07-2012, 12:31 AM
Well a horse should be getting Omega 3 from grass. Salt will cover his sodium. Not sure what the pellets have but you want to make sure he has magnesium, some copper, zinc, fiber, some fat, calcium, vitamin a too. I probably didn't name all of them, but the major ones. Biotin helps with hooves.. generally all horses should be on a hoof supplement.

You know how people have their vitamins that they need in their diets? Horses do too. If there are deficiencies then you need to supplement. If they're getting too much of something, then problems arise.

If your horse is over 10 years old, you need to think about a joint supplement.

There is a site called FeedXL that gives you the nutrition info (basic) of things in your horse's diet. It helps you get an idea of what is missing or what he's getting too much of. Talk with your vet too; they are experienced as well but it doesn't hurt to get a second, third, or fourth opinion.
    06-07-2012, 12:42 AM
Thank you so much that is really helpfull! I will be sure to look on that website and make sure I know everything he's getting and everything he May possibly need. I did not know that about age and joint supplements so that is good to know. Your advice was much appreciated. :)
    06-07-2012, 12:44 AM
Well I'm glad I could help! Don't go crazy on the supplements though haha
    06-07-2012, 12:50 AM
:) ill be sure not to go over the top on those supplements.
    06-07-2012, 12:52 AM
You're vet would be a wonderful place to get information that is specific to your area. Ask him if he has recommendations or knows of deficiencies in your area. For example, I know that our are is very selenium deficient, so I provide a selenium lick for my mare.

Here is an informational website about horse vitamins: http://www.healthy-horse.com/products/ref/vitamin.htm
It outlines the vitamins that horses need (minerals are a completely different subject). It doesn't specifically say how much to provide for your horse, but it will help make the owner more conscious of what they give their horses because it outlines the harms of deficiency and toxicity.
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    06-07-2012, 01:11 AM
I live in the desert where it is nothing but dirt, asking the vet about recommendations is a very good idea. And thank you for the website ill be sure to check it out, that helps alot:)
    06-12-2012, 02:33 PM
Is your horse a hard, easy, or average keeper?

For many easy to average keepers, just grass hay fed in sufficient quantities (1.5-2% of the ideal body weight) is enough to meet their energy needs. However, it's also a good idea to feed a ration balancer because dried grass doesn't contain all the nutrients of fresh grass, and even if it did, it can still be mineral deficient.

For harder keepers, you can feed the same grass hay and ration balancer, but you will probably need to add some beet pulp and/or rice bran to supply additional calories.

Ask your stable if they've had their hay analyzed, and if they haven't ask them to do so. Many local extension offices will do hay analysis for very cheap, so it might even be worth doing it yourself if they won't.

If figuring out whether or not your horse is getting enough minerals, Ca:Ph balance, etc. is a little daunting, look into FeedXL.com, which is incredibly helpful in balancing your horse's diet.

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