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post #1 of 12 Old 12-14-2011, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Switching my horses feed!! Please help

So I'm a first time horse owner, and goin crazy getting everything ready for my horse to come in January! Her previous owner feeds her grass hay, and sweet feed two times a day. Well I'm still in school and learning that sweet feed isn't the best! So what feed do you recommend and how do I switch it so it doesn't upset her stomach. Now when I have her she's going to get worked a whole lot more. She hasn't been worked since June of this year. She has almost no muscle in her back end. Anyways suggestions would be awesome!! Thank you
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-14-2011, 07:49 AM
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I'm currently feeding Life Data Inc's Barn Bag for Performance Horses. Depending on their weight, you feed them up to a cup a day and supplement with whole oats for energy. Of course, they need to be on grass or hay. I'm having very good results with this and don't see me going back to anything else. My gelding is only getting 1/2 cup and hay because I am unable to ride him until the New Year, hate having surgery :(
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Wean him on to a better feed over a period of about 2 weeks. Triple Crown, Purina, Kent.....there are a lot of good feeds out there. It depends on your horse....breed, build, age, any health issues, how often ridden etc. Is he going to have access to free feed hay? What type of hay?
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Shes about 14 hh maybe a lil taller, 7 year old quarter horse. She won't be getting free feed hay. The grass that I'll feed her is grass hay.
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I can count on one hand the number of horses who have moved to our barn with current feed to enable a slow switch to our feed. We start with a small quantity of our grain and work them up to the amount required.

Absolutely no issues.
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I can count on one hand the number of horses who have moved to our barn with current feed to enable a slow switch to our feed. We start with a small quantity of our grain and work them up to the amount required.

Absolutely no issues.
I second this.

Pretty common when a horse changes barns or owners.
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-18-2011, 01:53 PM
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Slowly switch over, by adding more and more of the new feed slowly, until eventually she's on it fully.

Do keep in mind though-if she's used to sweet feed, she's likely to find the other quite repulsing for awhile until she gets used to the blander taste.

There's a product called Probios that helps with digestion. It would do her good, as extra protection, to supplement her with that while she's making the switch, to make sure everything goes right. Plus, it's good to have around.

I'm not sure why she's on sweet feed if she's not being worked very often. It's a hot feed for hard working performance horses burning a lot of calories at a time... Anyways, do you know what feed you plan on switching her to? Many good ones out there, with good rations depending on the horses size and work level.

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post #8 of 12 Old 12-19-2011, 12:36 AM
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What feeds do you have available in your area? How often do you plan on working your horse/what is she going to be used for...

Have you looked into a Ration Balancer?

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-20-2011, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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What feeds do you have available in your area? How often do you plan on working your horse/what is she going to be used for...

Have you looked into a Ration Balancer?
I'm actually tryin to do some research on what kind of feed would be good for her. I want to work her 4 or 5 days a week. Ride her two of those days. Trail riding.

So any good ideas for feed?
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-20-2011, 08:09 AM
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Is she at a good weight, overweight or underweight?

I personally am not a big fan of bagged feed. I don't remember the ones we tried. They did help to put some shape to our horses but when we took them off it, they lost what they gained right away. We now used beet pulp with a little bit of sweet feed as a treat. We give them more for the winter to put extra weight on because they are out 24/7. During the summer, we only give it to them as a snack or treat after working/riding. They lean up in the spring and stay at a good weight in the summer.

I do agree that sweet feed isn't the best for horses eventhough they do like it. When you give them anything with grain mixed in, the grain doesn't get digested well. If you look at their manure, you'll see the grain still whole.
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