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post #11 of 12 Old 07-29-2013, 01:26 AM
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I try and use commonsense.

No guides work for all horses. The recommended amount might be under the impression that your horse is only fed that, or only fed that and fed low nutritional hay/pasture, where as in reality horses often consume other feeds that provide nutrients that aren't accounted for.

I use this program sometimes called FeedXL. It's not perfect, and it does cost but basically it works what the horse is needed and % of what it gets from each food. My feed doesn't usually make up more than 20-30% of the RDI but I find that I reach it anyway through feeding chaff, hay and pasture in addition to the feed.

Right now I am feeding recommended as I am trying to put weight on my horse as well, but once she reaches her desired weight, or when the paddocks start growing proper grass, I imagine that I'll drop back a lot.

Many horses survive mainly off grass. It's not like they are in the wild where they have a huge range of feed sources and grasses, but it's not like they purely rely on our bags of feed.

Work out what your horse needs, what your feed offers and what else your horse eats to work out how much you need to use.
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-30-2013, 07:20 PM
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If you read the directions, it will tell you exactly how to feed a feed and with what for what the feed is formulated to be fed with. Some are for feeding with alfalfa - but lots are for feeding with "quality" grass hay or pasture. Some are complete feeds meant to supplement very poor pasture or forage. You have to read the directions, its why they are on the bag!

Feed XL is a great resource but for those who do not and cannot use it, it is important to know that most native grasses are NOT a complete ration for a horse and can be missing (or too high in) key nutrients needed for optimal health of the animal . Only by testing can you know the answer to this. Common ones to be off on amounts are copper zinc & selenium and one that is often way too high is iron. Knowing what is common for your areas forage is helpful if you cant test. At least you can have a frame of reference. Call you local ag center and see what you can find out.

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