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post #31 of 36 Old 12-24-2012, 01:35 AM
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Opinions on what to feed my horse

First..why feed beet pulp as many of you seem to do...is it pellets, powder?..

I have a 7 yr old gaited gelding app/ spotted saddle mix about 775-800 lbs, 14 hands. During winter ridden maybe once a week...

Past 2.5 months I feed him twice a day, 1 lb strategy and 3/4 12% sweet feed and a cup of farriers formula more for hair than anything...his feet are good...and 6 flakes of hay per day....

I have noticed big time..in the past couple,weeks he is a lot more spooky and alert..I was told the feed could be a lot of it....what do you think?..

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post #32 of 36 Old 12-24-2012, 01:47 AM
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I feed beet pulp shreds for weight on older horses. I soak it two hours before feeding as the instructions state. The old horses have a hard time chewing the hay with very few teeth. I also feed an alfalfa molasses shred and a senior feed as it gives them the Vitamins etc that they need.
Sweet feed/grains can make a horse spooky. I would stop the sweet feed.
Horses do better on forages than grains.
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post #33 of 36 Old 12-24-2012, 02:17 AM
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1 lb or rice bran and 2x 6 pounds alf Alfa a day.
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post #34 of 36 Old 12-24-2012, 02:53 AM
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it is very interesting how different the feeding is on different continents.
Over here in germany, I commonly used oats, rolled or whole, barley, corn (popped or crushed)
These are the common non-processed feeds for horses, besides high-quality hay.
We use hay that has all kind of different grass types in it, mostly english ryegrass and timothy.
Then, for the horses who need more protein, we mix in soybean meal and for those who need more energy we usually use linseed oil.
We also sometimes cook mash for the horses, espescially those who have colics or other digestion problems:
Its usually made from barley bran, oats, linseeds (cooked) and oil and a little bit of salt
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post #35 of 36 Old 12-29-2012, 05:28 PM
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Both my horses are used for trail riding. My QH is also a barrel/pole horse.

They are both about 15h and around 900-1,000lbs.

They each get 1lb of a RB once a day (Buckeye Gro N Win) and free choice mixed grass hay via roundbale. In the summer they are on pasture free choice. They run in/out of my barn at will. They have free choice loose salt and clean water.

I stay away from low cost formulas and only feed fixed formula brand feeds. I also stay away from high NSC (sugar+starch) feeds.
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post #36 of 36 Old 01-04-2013, 12:47 PM
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My easy keeper (Appendix) gets unlimited hay/grass day and night as he lives outside. He gets around 2 lbs of fat n fibre, .5 lb of Krunch(16% protein) with his supplements. He gets ridden 3/4 times a week light work out.

My moderate keeper (tb) gets unlimited hay/grass during the day and 4 flakes at night. He gets 4 lbs of fat n fibre, 1 lbs of Krunch(16% protein), and .5 lb of K Finish(rice bran, flax, soybean) with his supplements. 3/4 times a week during the winter he gets a bucket of beet pulp & alfalfa/timothy cubes. He is in light-moderate work 2/3 times a week.

My very hard keeper (ottb) gets unlimited hay/grass during the day and 4 flakes at night. He gets 4 lbs of fat n fibre, 3 lbs of Krunch(16% protein) and 2 lbs of K Finish(rice bran, flax, soybean) with his supplements. 3/4 times a week he get a bucket of beet pulp & alfalfa/timothy cubes. He is ridden 6 times a week, moderate level work.

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