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    12-11-2012, 04:30 AM
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6yo easy keeper, light draft type, moderate workload (riding 3-5x week, including endurance training and jumping), less in winter (riding or driving 1x-3x week), 24/7 pastured with no rugs.


Free choice grazing
1 pound whole oats
1 pound Hartog Concept pellets - Concept - Hartog
Free choice salt and mineral licks
Supplements by need - linseed or milk thistle oil, wild herbs, brewer's or active yeast, garlic, and so on.

Winter -

Free choice quality hay in a slow feeder
1 pound whole oats
1 pound soaked sunflower meal
Free choice salt and mineral licks
Supplements by need - linseed or milk thistle oil, wild herbs, brewer's or active yeast, garlic, and so on.
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    12-13-2012, 12:58 PM
My horses are also pasture feed, but get pellets once daily. We mix 10% sweet feed in with 12% pellet feed. I Forget the brand. But our vet told us instead of waisting on the purina senior feed, that you can save tons of money with just buying 12% pellets (basically same ingredients it just doesn't dissolve like senior feed)
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    12-15-2012, 09:28 PM
My horse is a 16.1 percheron cross 4yr old. He gets Hi fat Hi Fibre. I regular peanut butter size jar full approx 4 cups. He is just a trail horse/english pleasure.
    12-15-2012, 09:34 PM
Sailor is a 5 year old paint gelding.
My horse gets fed twice a day. Per feeding, he gets 6lbs of Purina Edge grain, 2 handfuls of alfalfa cubes, and 2 flakes of costal hay. I ride him english/western pleasure and barrel race/jump him non-competitively. He usually gets riden 5-7 times a week for 1-3 hours.
    12-15-2012, 09:36 PM
Free choice grass hay, a ration balancer, and a joint supplement. He gets a handful of strategy too, but that's just to keep him from having a tantrum when everyone else gets grain and he doesn't. He's ridden about 5 times a week, sometimes it's a quick 20min trot, sometimes it's 6 miles at speed, sometimes it's a wander around the field and done.
    12-18-2012, 10:30 PM
Bluebonnet Intensify Omega Force
Hay: 50% grass, 50% alfalfa

We do reining and pleasure riding.
    12-18-2012, 10:48 PM
17 year old Percheron gelding, light riding. (2-3x week)

Grass hay, free feed but usually about 17 pounds
Alfalfa cubes, 5 pounds
5 cups Omegatin, 20% fat
1 cup black oil sunflower seeds
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 cup canola oil

Selenium/ Vitamin E
Glanzen 3
Source Focus HF
Strongid feed through dewormer
White salt lick in feed bucket
    12-19-2012, 02:40 PM
The big horses all get a ration ranging from 3 to 5 lbs of a 10% protein low molasses sweet feed, split into two feedings. This is beyond my control, however when I move my guys to my own property I will be reworking their diets.

The minis and my pony get between a small handful and about 1 lb of the sweet feed mixed with a 12% pellet, in two feedings. Except Sahara, she gets 1/2 lb each of the mix and purina senior for weight gain. Since getting her in July, she's gone from a bag of bones to nice and round. She still has some weight to gain, but she's gaining nicely.

My gelding gets about 4.5-5lbs of the mixture split into two feedings. He's a hothead and may be getting put on a magnesium supplement as well.

Everyone gets fed twice daily. Six of the minis get to split about 15-20 lbs of hay which lasts them most of the day/night. The big horses get anywhere from 15-20 lbs each, which also lasts them most of the day.

Everybody is healthy, happy and has nice shiny coats. We don't have pasture, but their hay keeps them busy most of the time.

ETA. Everyone has free choice access to a salt lick. Between 8 minis, a pony, and six big horses we go through two of the fifty lb blocks every two weeks-ish.
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    12-19-2012, 02:59 PM
My Arabs are on an Orchard/Timothy mix hay to supplement 23 hrs/day of pasture. Their hay is upped in the winter, and during the summer, when they're in heavy work, they get a small amount of 12% grain.

The Thoroughbreds (eventing) and my Paso Fino (senior pleasure horse) all get around 30 lbs of Orchard grass/Timothy hay a day. In additon, twice a day they get 3 lbs of Nutrena SafeChoice and 3 lbs of soaked beet pulp. During the summer, this is supplemented with several hours of grazing.

My Percheron mare stays plump on air. She gets 25-30 lbs of Orchard/Timothy hay a day, which keeps her at a good weight.
    12-19-2012, 03:47 PM
I feed my horse approx. 25 lbs (half a bale) of 1st cut hay although sometimes I'll slip him a bit of 2nd cut (which is supposed to be reserved for the cows...) and he'll get more if it's supposed to be colder than usual out... along with free choice salt and fresh water. He gets Alfalfa Pellets mixed with Blue Seal Trotter but just handfuls at a time for treats- because he gets fat on air.

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