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    01-08-2012, 08:58 PM
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Green Broke
What Do You Feed?

Just for pure curiosity and interest, what does everyone feed their horses?

My ten year old ex-racer who I event and show jump who is currently taking a bit of a break and building his fitness is fed:

Grain mix:
3 x scoops - Lucerne Chaff.
1 x scoop - Protein Pak (Containing only Full Fat Soybean).
1 x scoop - EasiResponse
Containing: Barley, Wheat, Millmix, Fababeans, Calcium Phosphate, Lupins, Salt, Canola Oil, Limestone, Minerals & Vitamins, Lysine.
1 x scoop - EasyResult
Containing: Barley, Molasses, Sunflower Seeds, Sorghum, Limestone, Soybean, Lupins, Vitamin and Mineral mix, Salt, Canola Oil & a few other things.


His also given several biscuits of Hay and full turnout.
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    01-09-2012, 06:09 PM
  #2
Weanling
Amber gets moderate workouts 3-4 days a week, but she stays fat off air.

Right now I'm trying to take some off her, she's about a 4 on the 1-5 body score scale.

She gets:

AM
2/3 of a solo cup Nutrena Complete
2 scoops of her joint supp.

PM
2/3 solo cup Nutrena Complete
2 flakes hay

And during the day she is turned out. There is free choice hay, which she doesn't really touch, and they have winter grass planted.

She might get a full cup depending on how much she loses. I'm definitely keeping a close eye on her, because I don't want her dropping weight too quickly. Complete has quite a bit less fat % than the barn's grain. The barn gets a customized grain which is a 14/6, and there was no way I could reduce her any more on it, and she needs at least some grain with her supplement. So hopefully with something with less fat, I'll have more room to adjust, especially in the summer!
     
    01-09-2012, 06:38 PM
  #3
Green Broke
To me, hay is the most important part of the diet. Which is also what most people seem to neglect mentioning the most. People often say "hay." But what kind of hay?

My horses get approx. 50/50 alfalfa/bermuda hay. Actually, I probably lean a little heavier to the alfalfa side. Here in Arizona, those are about the only two hays we can get consistently. A lot of people knock alfalfa, but it is a good hay. No need for extra protein or calcium supplements when you feed alfalfa.

Then with their dinner meal I will give them a "treat" of grain. If I have coupons I might buy them something by Purina such as Strategy. But other times I might just buy some sweet feed. They are fed according to need and energy level. The riding horses get 1-2 pounds of grain and the long yearling gets only about 1/2 pound. Just enough to mix in a couple scoops of vitamin/mineral supplement. They only get their "treats" once a day. The riding horses don't even get the vitamin supplement. Just the yearling because he is growing and I want to make sure he isn't lacking any nutrients.

I do sometimes pour a little vegetable oil over the grain on the riding horses because it gives them a lovely coat.

So I really focus on feeding a good mix of quality hay, and then their grain is more of a treat.
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    01-09-2012, 06:49 PM
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Green Broke
This is what I give :
Early a.m. - 1/2 scoop sweet feed, 2 flakes hay
Late a.m. - 1/2 scoop moistened alfalfa cubes w/apple or carrot nubs

Afternoon - 1/2 scoop sweet feed, 2 flakes hay
Early p.m. - 1/2 scoop moistened alfalfa cubes w/apple or carrot nubs

Free choice hay at all times, and lots of carrot nubs for special treats! :)
     
    01-09-2012, 08:14 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
So I really focus on feeding a good mix of quality hay, and then their grain is more of a treat.
Same here...pasture, free choice hay (typical area hay is orchard/fescue) and their 'treat' grain is a 14% protein performance grain/pellet mix from the local mill.
     
    01-09-2012, 08:18 PM
  #6
Trained
Chinga, out of curiosity - Why do you feed both Response and Result?

My horses are easy - 24/7 pasture which meets (Most of the time exceeds!) their energy needs. If any are lacking that 'spark' or energy, they get a base of either Lucerne cubes, Maxisoy, or Speedibeet and a bit of feed, usually Hygain Showtorque or some oats, and a vitamin/min supplement. Lucy is a picky girl so she gets some Livamol to make everything taste yummy.
     
    01-09-2012, 08:18 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Free choice mixed hay, all they can eat.

2 cups stratagy/ 2 cups crimped oats, morning and night.
     
    01-09-2012, 08:58 PM
  #8
Foal
My two thoroughbreds usually get 2 flakes of alfalfa in the morning, (If I can get away with it at my parent in laws boarding facility) I'll give them two flakes of bermuda for during the day, then two more flakes of bermuda at night. And during the day, they each get 3 cups of soybean meal with 4 oz of vegetable oil or just water mixed in with it.
     
    01-09-2012, 09:10 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Divided into two meals
4 flakes of Alfalfa
6 flakes of grass hay
1 1/2qts of a 10% grain
3qts soaked beet pulp
Vitamin/mineral/probiotic supplement
Joint supplement

He also gets a mid-day meal of grass hay but it's not measured, a couple armfuls are tossed in his private turnout.
     
    01-09-2012, 09:12 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Chinga, out of curiosity - Why do you feed both Response and Result?

My horses are easy - 24/7 pasture which meets (Most of the time exceeds!) their energy needs. If any are lacking that 'spark' or energy, they get a base of either Lucerne cubes, Maxisoy, or Speedibeet and a bit of feed, usually Hygain Showtorque or some oats, and a vitamin/min supplement. Lucy is a picky girl so she gets some Livamol to make everything taste yummy.

We're planning on taking one out - we're in the process of swapping from the muesli to the pellets. As we have noticed that he responds to this better. , But with Chinga we have to be very careful because he can very easily colic from changes in his diet. So, we'd rather do it slowly and be safer then sorry.
     

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