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    01-18-2012, 04:10 PM
I'm just thinking about what my horses eat and it's exhausting... Basically three kinds of feed can be found in my barn:

Omolene 400
Erich 32 (fixing to change to Progressive Advantage)
A Custom Mix for the maintenance horses.

Right now I'm trying Equine Senior Healthy Edge on my riding gelding since I HATE breaking apart the Omolene 400. I love that feed but it's a massive inconvenience.
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    01-18-2012, 04:13 PM
My horses get:
2 flakes of mixed grass hay

In the evening:
3 flakes of mixed grass hay
1 lb of 12 % sweet feed
4 cups of wheat bran
1 1/2 lbs of alfalfa pellets

Plus, they both get a joint supplament.
    01-18-2012, 04:56 PM
Green Broke
Here is what I feed my horses.

They all get two flakes (they are huge! 10lb) of klamath grass hay.It has lots of protien in it and very good for them. They have pasture as well.

Gidget has a special diet due to colic so she gets the 2 flakes plus 1 lb of alfalfa pellets with mare magic and her probiotics. I soak it with water since in the winter horses tend to drink less and it's easier for her to eat...those pellets are hard!
    01-18-2012, 07:45 PM
Eddie has
1 scoop lucern chaff
1 scoop triple mix- oaten, wheaten and lucern
2 scoops prydes easi ride
2 cups of equi jewel
Grand prix oil
Apple cider vinegar
Joint supplement

The equijewel is brilliant for weightgain
    01-18-2012, 07:51 PM
Most of mine are easy keepers. The majority get free choice tim/orchard hay & progressive's ProAdvantage balancer. My weanling gets alfalfa hay & balancer. My old man is my hard keeper (lack of teeth) and gets a hot mash of alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, balancer pellets & Boost-it liquid fat supplement and free choice chopped tim/orchard hay. All get free choice minerals.
    01-18-2012, 08:15 PM
Holy cow my feeding regimen is super simple compared to some of these.

Pasture horses/all my personal horses: free choice timothy hay and free choice mineral block.

Customer/inside horses: morning and night feedings of alfalfa but it usually turns out to be pretty much free choice. I try to make sure that they have enough to last until the next feeding with a bit left over. They also have free choice mineral block.
    01-20-2012, 10:14 AM
I have been doing a lot of research of late. Oats are not a bad form of grain for horses. Here is a summary of a study done: Research | Equine Feed Oat Project

As well, sweet feed isn't necessarily a bad feed. If it is overly heavy in molasses, yes, it can be high in sugar but some research I have done shows that the actual amount of molasses in a sweet feed is actually less than what the horses can get in hay and pasture. If you go for the textured sweet feed, look at the consistency. All sweet feed will clump together to a certain extent but how hard is it to break apart? The better sweet feed (ducks the rotten tomatoes) will fall apart easily if it even clumps at all where the more molasses heavy sweet feed will remain clumped unless you drop it. Here is an article about the level of "sweetnesss" in sweet feeds: How Sweet is Your Horse Feed? @ Horse Tack Review.
Here is another link that is a primer in reading the tag on feed: Publication: Basics of Feeding Horses: Reading the Feed Tag

Pellets essentially contain the same ingredients as a textured sweet feed which means they can also contain some level of molasses. The only difference is that they are crushed and reformed into the pellet so the molasses can't be seen. From what I read, pellets break apart easier and make them easier to digest.

Research has also indicated that a good quality hay and pasture is the best way to go but if you use grain first determine the level of activity you are planning and then use that to do your research.
    01-20-2012, 10:28 AM
Another article: http://www.ker.com/library/equinews/v8n4/v8n44.pdf
    01-20-2012, 11:14 AM
My 24-yr old Paso, 8-yr old TB, and 7-yr old TB (going by their "Thoroughbred" ages, in reality they're both a year less) are all fed the same:

3 quarts of Nutrena SafeChoice
3 quarts of soaked beet pulp w/molasses
Corn/vegetable oil
3 flakes of hay

2 quarts of soaked beet pulp w/ molasses
2 flakes of hay

3 quarts of Nutrena SafeChoice
3 quarts of soaked beet pulp w/molasses
Corn/vegetable oil
3 flakes of hay

Lenox the fat Percheron gets hay three times a day, no grain. Same with the miniatures, though less hay for them.

Just to show how great good pasture is for horses, the Arab in my avatar is out on pasture all day, only supplmented by a flake of grass hay a day.
    01-22-2012, 10:24 AM
Gypsy lives on pasture so she either eating grass all day or grass hay. I give her:
2.5lbs of strategy
1/4lb of amplify
6oz of horseshoers secret

She's a little on the skinny side right now [closer to a body score of 4.5 than 5, I prefer her to be a 5 in the winter !] so I sometimes give her a flake of alfalfa. She also has a free choice mineral block in the pasture and I feed her elctrolytes in the summer.

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