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    10-30-2013, 11:23 AM
What to feed my Mare

I recently moved my 7 (ish) year old mare to my house but have had her boarded for 1 1/2 years where she originally was fed a scoop of Purina Healthy Edge (not sure how much it weighed bc the boarder just fed her) a day, we changed her off of that this spring bc she had put on close to 100 lbs. I switched her 1 lb of Purina Enrich Plus a day. She has come down to a much better weight I would like to see a little bit more off of her but coming into winter I feel she is at a good weight. (I live in Michigan)

My question is does she have to be grained? Can I switch her to oats? I'm new to feeding horses and I don't want to over feed her but would love to switch to something a little less pricey now that I have her at my own house where I can decide what to feed her. Any opinions would be great.

She is on pasture and I do give her 2-3 flakes of hay in the morning and night.

Thank you!!
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    10-30-2013, 11:51 AM
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I'd stick with the Enrich. That way you have everything she needs, vitamin and mineral wise, covered. With a kb/a day, one bag will last a long time. Any other feed you'd have to either feed the recommendec amount, which is usually 3lbs and up, to cover the nutritional needs, and will definitely be more expensive and probably too much.
Other possibility would be a handful soaked alfalfa or grass pellets and a.vit/min supplement.
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    10-30-2013, 01:00 PM
ITA with sticking with the Enrich Plus. Oats don't offer anything nutritionally, and your mare doesn't need the calories. IME it doesn't get much cheaper than a ration balancer, which are about $.60/lb at my local prices. Most quality vitamin/mineral supplements cost at least that much per serving without necessarily offering as much nutrition.
    10-30-2013, 05:32 PM
Southern States is the most convenient retailer for me to buy feed from. Each day I feed 1 qt of their Select 12 pellets which is $8.95 for 50# and 2 oz of their EquiMin which is $24 for 25#. I never weighted my quart scoup but guess it's between 1/2 and 1 pound. Even if it is 1# that would be $0.18 for feed and $0.12 for mineral. I also have very good irrigated pasture and feed a mix of good alfalfa and grass hay in the winter. All are easy keepers and I suspect would do just as well without the feed but I like to give them a reason to come see me even on days when we're not riding. I intended to comment on a post about feeding corn the other day but didn't get around to it. As a grain farmer I wanted to feed grains I had on hand and asked the vet when I first got the horses about feeding corn, wheat, barley, or milo, all things I have on hand and feed to cattle and hogs. The vet told me each of these grains was too high in protein or starch and was unsuitable for horses so I'm buying all my grain for the horses. The previous owner of one of my horses said she only fed grain in the winter but the vet told me horses actually expend as much or more energy in the summer swatting flies as they do in the winter keeping warm.
    10-30-2013, 05:52 PM
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You could maybe try Triple Crown safe Starch forage which is a complete feed that's very good for easy keepers and has a balance of all the vitamins, oils and minerals your horse needs. I find it works very well for my cob types and I can add soaked sugar beet shreds and/or alfalfa pellets to it if I think they need a bit extra at any time

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