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    03-06-2010, 10:20 PM
  #21
Foal
The feed I use is high in rice bran (was previously also supplementing)

The formulation is fixed and the vitamans and minerals are chelated.

I also only supplement now with KER Flex for the old guy.

The Performance feed is 20-20 and 1649 calories per pound
The Daily is 12-22 and 1835 calories per pound.

I did't include the price of the joint supplement to the daily costs of feeding it's just for one horse.

If you need to put weight on it's a great feed to top dress or feed alone. If you want a great coat it will definetly make them shine.
     
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    03-06-2010, 11:31 PM
  #22
Weanling
Besides her grass hay and alfalfa cubes, the easy keeper arab mare is on half a cup of whole flax seed.

Arab gelding who needs to gain weight and condition is currently getting a lb of Purina equine senior, along with biotin-plus and half a cup of whole flax, as well as an alfalfa/grass mix (switching over to just grass), and the alfala/oat cubes.
     
    03-11-2010, 02:45 PM
  #23
Trained
My horse is on a 30% Alfalfa mixed grass hay and grass cubes (because of the hay shortage).
Supplementing that he gets about 3 lbs of Hoffman's Horse Ration per day (High fat soybean hull based mineral supplement), 4 lbs (dry weight) of beet pulp and 1/2lb of oats. During show season I will probably end up upping his oats, they make him really hot
     
    03-11-2010, 02:53 PM
  #24
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
All 7 here are on Horsego32 by Kent 1lb per day

With alfalfa pellets added for calories as needed
I currentily have 1 of the 7 getting alfalfa pellets plus ricce bran she was a tad thin when she came in


They have Kent feed in IL :)
I remember.
     
    03-11-2010, 02:55 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I feed mine 4 flakes of alfalfa a day and I will give her Rogue all purpose texture feed and vitamins.
     
    03-11-2010, 04:18 PM
  #26
Foal
Hi how much area should you have for one horse to graze?
     
    03-11-2010, 10:08 PM
  #27
Started
I LOVE Kent Feeds but not everybody can get them :(

I rate them right up there with Triple Crown and PRogressive and Buckeye just a smaller more "midwest" company that has great products at affordable prices
     
    03-11-2010, 10:25 PM
  #28
Trained
I have to be honest and say that unless you have a racehorse or a high performance horse then feeding doesnt need to be all about fancy expensive feeds.

I used to feed this and that and everything else and found myself forking out around $120 a week on feed to feed my 7 horses. Then one day I decided there had to be a better way. So now their diets consist mainly of hay and then there hard feeds are chaffe, millrun/pollard/bran, steam flaked barley and pellets. My 3 qh's who are very easy keepers just get hay then chaffe and millrun for their hard feed. My mare in foal gets stud-gro only cause she is in foal and being a tb she needs the extra fat content.

To make sure they are all getting all their vits & mins I feed a complete powdered supplement. This is the biggest thing to be wary of when feeding your horse and this is a lot of the reason people go for all the fancy, nutritious feeds. I have found that while buying a big bag of supplement is around $80, in the long run I am saving money cause this bag lasts about 4 months for 7 horses and I am spending a lot less money on the other feeds. Even since changing their diet none of them have lost weight or condition.

In most cases I would suggest not feeding grains. Apart from the obvious heat content in grains, prolonged use of grains can cause stomach ulcers. I see this all to often working with racehorses.

If a horse needs to gain weight, up its roughage intake. Make sure you are feeding good quality hay though and where possible, expose your horse to as much free choice grass as well. Also you can add things like vegetable or rice bran oil to their feeds for extra cool fat and the list goes on.
     
    03-11-2010, 10:43 PM
  #29
Green Broke
Good ole fashioned grass/alfalfa hay, grass, and mineral block. He is a very easy keeper.
     
    03-11-2010, 11:22 PM
  #30
Started
I do believe that people tend to over grain their horses. I used to do the same thing with my thoroughbred, and if I knew then what I know now, I definitely would have done a few things differently. My Arabian was getting 2 and 1/2lbs Purine Omelene 300, to help bump up her weight and give her a bit extra since she was a bit underweight, and not getting enough of any type of feed when I got her, but I'm now switching her to Omelene 200 for another couple of months, until I can get her to a place where the hay is better, and then I'm going to take her off of the grain, unless I can't keep weight on her with the moderate amount of work I'm going to be doing with her for a while. The hay at my last place really sucked, and she wasn't getting the nutrients that she needed, and I'm hoping that this new place has better quality hay, as I would rather not feed grains or supplements if I don't have to. They should get most of not all their nutrients and energy needs from their hay, and free choice mineral and salt blocks.
     

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