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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
When we can get it, we feed our miniature horses and full sized horses a 2/3 timothy 1/3 alfalfa mixture. All of them get free-fed hay, with a mesh covering over it to limit dust and to keep them from pigging out ;) a horse is naturally a grazer, so the less they can eat at a time, the more often- the better. Each horse of ours probably eats an average of two flakes per day, with the horses ranging from 850-1,200 pounds, give or take a bit. About half of the horses are also grained, according to their needs.
What with the drought though, we can no longer afford timothy/alfalfa mixed hay, and are buying a 100% timothy hay, or another grass hay. We've found that with the lesser quality hay though, we have to feed more grain.
Start with what Casey said, and take away or add what your horse needs. Keep track of your horse's weight every week and perhaps take some pictures to compare. If he's looking thin, add more nutriton, and more bulk. If he's looking especially pudgy ( really, its better to have a slightly pudgy horse than a thin one in the winter. They can work it off in the spring) then decrease the bulk, but NOT the quality or nutrition.
There are so many factors to look at. How much energy he has to burn to stay warm (is he stalled or pastured? Clipped? Blanketed?) whether or not he's ridden, his age, condition at the moment, breed, size...the list is endless.
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