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post #1 of 7 Old 12-20-2011, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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What to feed?

Hello,
I have owned horses in the past, but they were always on lots of land with hay supplemented (pasture kept). The two we are bringing in now will be on a smaller bit of land. To maintain good pasture, we're going to stall the horses at night and on wet days. They will be given plenty of exercise. Since this is the first time I have stalled horses though I'm not sure what to give them in addition to hay.
It's a Gypsy Horse stallion and mare, both about 13.2hh.
I figured I would feed them in the morning before I pick out the field. Then again in the evening when I put them back in their stalls. I just don't know what the best thing to be feeding is.
Any recommendations would be great as this is a whole new territory to me.
Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-20-2011, 08:48 PM
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free choice quality grass hay is the best start to any feed program
Then add a vitamin/mineral supplement like Kent's Topline32 or Progressive ProGrass Advantage or Purina's Enrich32
If they need more calories rice bran or hay pellets are a good place to start

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-21-2011, 01:18 AM
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Agreed with above, free choice grass hay, adding beet pulp and/or rice bran if needed.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-21-2011, 08:44 AM
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Small horses and drafts are generally easy keepers. Gypsy horses are both. Good grass hay and plenty of it. The feed...lots of good ones out there just watch the carbs with them or they are likely to explode. Stay away from sweet feeds.

You might want to divide the pasture in half and allow one side to rest and grow and the other gets grazed and switch back and forth come spring.
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Awesome! Thanks, everyone! There were so many feed choices out there and like I said I've never had stalled horses. But I guess that makes since. We will of course have plenty of high quality hay. It's pretty easy to come by around here. :)
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I wish ration balancers were around when I had my drafts. Would have saved me a lot of money in the long run. I was always walking the line between getting enough vitamins and minerals into them without loading them with carbs.

Look into them. They are more expensive per bag but per feed way cheaper. Then just adjust the fat with whatever you choose as needed.
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I wish ration balancers were around when I had my drafts. Would have saved me a lot of money in the long run. I was always walking the line between getting enough vitamins and minerals into them without loading them with carbs.

Look into them. They are more expensive per bag but per feed way cheaper. Then just adjust the fat with whatever you choose as needed.
Thanks, Sue. I will look into that right now!
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