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post #1 of 6 Old 07-18-2014, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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What Would You Suggest? (Feed)

I have a 9/10 year old quarter horse mix that is currently on 24/7 pasture board and is not currently being worked.

I'm going to be bringing her into work in the next month or so, mostly round-penning sessions at first to get her back into the swing of things since she's basically been a pasture pet for the last several years. I've been working exclusively on ground manners since I got her and once she's at the level I want her with that (and we're nearly there), we'll move into the round pen.

Just wondering what you'd personally suggest for feed. At the moment I've been letting her do her thing in the pasture (it's 40 acres and there's plenty of grazing) for the most part since she does well on the grass and there's been no health problems with her in the past. The horses get a hay feed in the evenings and they get plenty of apples and carrots and other fresh produce. (I always bring her some, and unfortunately a lot of people visit the pasture and bring carrots and apples to feed the horses. I really don't like that the field is accessible to people I don't know, but...) I also bring her out to graze on the more rich grass outside the pasture occasionally.

Like I said, never had a health problem related to feed, but if you were in my position, what would you do? Mostly my concern stems from me bringing her back into work, because like I said, there haven't been problems regarding feed.

Suggestions would be great!
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Would like to add that I'm having a vet out for a check-up soon and it'll be her recommendations that I go by, but I'd like to know what you prefer personally!
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If my mare was on 40 acres of pasture she'd be a blimp!

If your mare does fine on the grass and doesn't start dropping excessive amounts of weight when you start working her there should be no reason to change her diet.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-19-2014, 02:27 PM
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Wouldn't change a thing unless you plan to put her in heavy performance training. Most pleasure horses do well on quality forage with a trace mineral salt block available.
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I personally love the brand McCauleys. They have different feeds for whatever type of work you do. But I wouldnt change her feed unless she starts dropping weight like the previous replies said.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-20-2014, 11:38 PM
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I'd be putting a big sign on the fence saying 'please don't feed horses without consent - intolerances mean apples, bread, etc make some of them sick!' The last bit is to convince people who think you're just being mean & they know better!

There's no reason to pre-empt weightloss by feeding more now, when this might be perfectly adequate for her when she's in heavy work anyway(they don't often need extra calories for light work). I would be feeding an appropriate nutritional supp tho.
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