Some advice on nutrition? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By verona1016
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 292
• Horses: 1
Some advice on nutrition?

Hey all,

So this is my first horse and I've recently changed coaches, so I'm not really yet comfortable with my new coach, although I was going to bring this up soon with her. But hey, I like hearing opinions.

My horse is a 6 year old Andie cross. Probably considered an easy-medium keeper. Maybe?

Anyways, he's around 1300lbs and at a good weight for where he is right now. But it just seems like I feed him sooooo much more hay then anyone else at my barn does! So I'm wondering if I need to cut down a little on the hay and introduce something else, like beet pulp?

Right now he's eating about 30lbs of timothy a day, plus a ration balancer pellet. Maintaining weight well right now, but his work is fairly easy, so it'll definitely change as we increase the intensity...

Just seems like a lot of hay to me? Is that right?
teamfire is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 03:23 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,398
• Horses: 0
That sounds about right if he doesn't get any grazing. Horses should get around 2.5% bwt daily in roughage for maintenance & no less than around 1.5-2% even if dieting - their gut needs near constant small amounts passing through. Yes, you could feed him part of his ration as beet pulp, chaff, lucerne/alfalfa or such, but it will likely add to the amount of calories, which it sounds isn't needed, and may add to the $$(if you're not in drought at least) which is definitely not needed!
loosie is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 292
• Horses: 1
Yes, no grazing.

Well, since he's doing such light work right now but will be increasing slowly, doesn't seem like a terrible idea to start adding a few extra calories soon, since he's just holding his weight. I think he'd start losing weight if I really bumped up his work and yet did nothing to his diet.

I have no idea what beet pulp costs around here, but I know that a ton of timothy cost me $400 last time, and he's eating it so fast lol.

But it's just so strange. The horse next to mine is way bigger than mine, but he only gets what looks to me maybe 5 flakes (lighter hay, local stuff. It makes mine cough sadly) and some sort of grain mixture at night. Seems so little? But then he was fat when he came, so maybe he really is an easy keeper.

My old coach kept telling me to reduce his flakes, but he was beginning to lose weight... I need to take a recent picture. Maybe he`s gaining weight and I can`t tell. This is him a month and half or so ago:

Last edited by teamfire; 08-12-2012 at 03:36 AM.
teamfire is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 08-13-2012, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
It sounds like you're doing the right thing for your horse. Forage really is the best thing to feed, along with a ration balancer as you're doing, and 30 lbs doesn't sound too high to me for such a large horse. If he's currently maintaining weight on that, I'd stick with it.

If he starts losing weight with more riding, I'd look into rice bran, beet pulp, or alfalfa hay/cubes/pellets for extra calories.

And I wouldn't worry about comparing to the horses around him- I feed at my barn, which has 75 horses, and it's amazing how much difference there is in the amount of feed between some of the horses. They're all at healthy weights, though.
loosie likes this.
verona1016 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 08-13-2012, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 292
• Horses: 1
Hm, looking back on my notes from when he first came, he might not be 1300. The number stuck with me for some reason?

Looks like he's probably more like 1200, but probably not that huge a difference.

Haha, yeah, I should know better not to compare, but it astounds me... Mostly because i'm always the one running out of hay first in my hay order group. Sigh!
Posted via Mobile Device
teamfire is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nutrition help? Snizard93 Horse Talk 10 01-09-2012 05:37 AM
Dull, sunken, lethargic horse...Nutrition advice? missmellow Horse Health 11 09-19-2011 12:02 PM
Nutrition Blazer1484 Horse Health 3 07-23-2011 11:05 AM
Please Need your advice on new horse and his nutrition GiddyGal Horse Health 1 03-09-2011 10:02 AM
Nutrition wild_spot Horse Health 0 08-24-2009 01:30 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome