What feed does a shetland need? - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

What feed does a shetland need?

This is a discussion on What feed does a shetland need? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • What do you feed a shetland

LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-18-2011, 12:12 AM

Yes, I'd think a shetland and a donk would be well matched, diet-wise. They shouldn't need anything else diet-wise, but a good quality complete supp for nutrition is generally a good idea. I agree, as others have said, that while you say your field isn't 'lush', it may well still be a problem for them, as Shetties & donkeys are extremely prone to health probs due to too rich/much feed. You know your own property, but I'd do the research & consider getting grazing muzzles for them, at least for the growing season. You can also restrict their grazing and also encourage more exercise by using electric tape to make 'laneways' & tracks around the paddock. See safergrass.org for one good source on further info.
Sponsored Links
    08-18-2011, 11:45 AM
Teen Forum Moderator
I believe that he would be fine during summer and fall months on just grass, and grass/hay in the winter. I do have to change my advice though for spring- as a grazing muzzle might be a good idea in the first month or so of grass growth in your area (whether it's february or june) because baby grass tends to be extremely rich and can colic a horse. Seeing as how you have a shetland (easier acclimated to different feeds than minis in general) though, I think 24-7 grass would be fine. I would recommend buying a shetland from your area who is already pastured and not stalled, though, in order to decrease chances of colic, laminitis, or founder. If after a few months the shetland seems to be doing poorly with it's diet, then you should start thinking of different options. Otherwise, I think he or she would be fine.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
As far as horse feed are Pellets and Sweet feed the main two types of feed? nyg052003 Horse Health 2 07-14-2011 09:25 AM
What do you feed your easy keeper? Looking for new feed Buckcherry Horse Nutrition 21 12-17-2010 07:57 PM
New Shetland Hodgesaarh Horse Training 1 11-14-2010 08:50 PM
Hello from Shetland, UK! Frances144 Meet the Community 0 05-19-2010 08:14 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 11:35 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0