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    12-26-2011, 07:13 AM
suggested rates of feed

Am I right in think the rate/amount of feed on the back is increased as most feeds lack nutritions + vitamins? I was talking to my farrier about feeds to help put weight on our tb mare, I mentioned I feed what is suggested and give a general supplement. He suggested cutting down her feed down and changing it over to a different feed. It has put weight on her but I was wandering whether I need to feed up to that amount or not.
I hope that makes sense!
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    12-26-2011, 07:00 PM
Um, telling us what/how much you feed would be a good start, if you want our opinion on it.

I'm guessing you are talking about feeding as per rate suggested on packaging? That is usually higher than necessary. Depends what it is *& how you're feeding it* as to whether it may be helping or hindering weightgain - more is not necessarily merrier!
    12-26-2011, 07:03 PM
Between two feeds, 700g bailey's everyday high fibre nuts, alapha chaff 1kg and 400g of beet. I'm in scotland so it will be different from your feeds, she's gets oil in her feeds too.
    12-27-2011, 12:30 AM

First thing first, I'm presuming this is supplementary feeding & she's getting free choice hay/grazing too? If not, I'd definitely be feeding her that. Horses need tiny amounts of roughage going through their system near constantly, so free choice or little & often fibrous feeds are very important.

I would personally not be feeding the 'everyday cubes'(are they cubes or small pellets?) as a main feed, but I would choose something low starch/grain & wheat free, and if it's more than for a treat/supplement carrier, I would consider non-pelleted a better option. Especially if feeding starchy ingredients, I'd be feeding it over at least a couple more meals daily. Little & often is always best, but esp important to reduce potential probs from those type feeds.

Do you mean 'Alfa chaff'? If so, is it straight alfalfa/lucerne chaff? This can be a great ingredient for added energy & nutrients, but I wouldn't feed the sweetened variety and I would feed it as around 1/4 of the daily ration. It is high in a number of nutrients that can be problematic if fed in excess/out of balance.

Oil shouldn't be fed in large amounts - up to half a cup seems generally OK - and horse's guts don't have the enzymes to digest fats in this way, so it is extra important to build up to the full measure very gradually, say over a couple of weeks, and feed it little & often, so the gut can develop & keep alive those necessary enzymes. I would choose a good quality nutritional supp that balances whatever else the horse is getting in it's diet. Services such as are great for help on that front.
    12-27-2011, 02:46 AM
She gets adlib hay as our grass in winter is shocking. Cubes is about the only thing I can get here, its the normal alpha. She gets feed twice a day as this is all I'm able to do with work.
She's on rape seed oil but not a big amount about 60ml a day, so far this winter she's holding her weight but I'd like a tend more on her.
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