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    01-24-2012, 11:42 AM
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Yearling
Yearling Feeding Question

So a few of you know about my yearling ginger and what she went through.. I had her up to a decent weight, and then we moved her to her permanent residence.. which she became alot more active and started growing like a leaf and the weight slowly started coming back off again.. so I contacted the vet and she said to increase her food ( which is purina ultium growth) form 3/4 a scoop in feeding to a heaping full scoop and see how it goes for a week.. which I did.. she gained some back but not much.. so the vet told me to try giving her alfalfa cubes, but since she was young to give her the pellets first till she is used to it.. and to watch her and see if she finishes all her food.. which was fine.. wife said she was near feed store so she would pick it up.. and I told her to ask about dosage and if I should still feed hay.. she told the guy that ginger got between 5-6 lbs of grain 3 times a day and didn't ask about the hay.. I told her no way its more like 1.5-2 lbs a scoop full if she ate 15+ pounds of that food a day she wouldnt be thin.. also should I keep feeding her hay as well as the alfalfa pellets?.. and he said feed her 1/2 a scoop for what she was eating.. but its a lot less then what she told him.. so should I give her more or leave it at half a scoop and see how it goes?
     
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    01-24-2012, 12:47 PM
  #2
Weanling
I would definitely keep her on hay. The horses natural digestive system is designed to always have food running through it, and so, it digests food rapidly compared to ours. I would check out some kind of supplement for her. I would use Calf Manna, amazing stuff! For my 1 1/2 yr old colt we feed him 1 cup (as in an actual measuring cup) with his normal grain, I would start with a half cup, and increase it to probably 1 to 1 1/2 cups for her. Also, is she on any supplements?
     
    01-24-2012, 12:50 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by draftgrl    
I would definitely keep her on hay. The horses natural digestive system is designed to always have food running through it, and so, it digests food rapidly compared to ours. I would check out some kind of supplement for her. I would use Calf Manna, amazing stuff! For my 1 1/2 yr old colt we feed him 1 cup (as in an actual measuring cup) with his normal grain, I would start with a half cup, and increase it to probably 1 to 1 1/2 cups for her. Also, is she on any supplements?
yes forgot to add.. she is on grow colt.. she was on it when we bought her.. vet said probably one more container of it after this one though should ba all she needs.. she said that too much supplement after a certain age is bad for bone growth and formation.. we will see what the vet says after this tub and see if they want us to continue on it.. I mean she has honestly grown a hand in the month plus I've had her since she has been fed regulary and the right amount and is no longer sickly
     
    01-24-2012, 12:55 PM
  #4
Weanling
Ok. That's good, my boy is also on colt grow. One thing to remember, you can never hurt a horse with grass hay. Especially when wanting them to gain weight. I hope what I've said helps a little at least.
     
    01-25-2012, 10:03 AM
  #5
Started
Too much supplementation at any age can be counterproductive. If she's grown 4 inches in a month, I'd be concerned. Her bones are growing faster than the ligaments and tendons can. If you're feeding less than the recommended amount of the UG and supplmenting with GC that's one thing. If you're feeding enough UG for her to get everything she needs to grow properly than adding GC, you're asking for trouble or at least just wasting your money.

The aflafla pellets are going to be higher in calories as well as have a higher nutritional profile than grass hays. Yearlings have a finite amount of hay they can eat so if she's filling up on high fiber grass hay and loosing weight, you have to come up with a higher caloric option. Start her with 1# at each meal. She should easily eat 3-5# in addition to her regular hay.
     
    01-25-2012, 10:15 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Too much supplementation at any age can be counterproductive. If she's grown 4 inches in a month, I'd be concerned. Her bones are growing faster than the ligaments and tendons can. If you're feeding less than the recommended amount of the UG and supplmenting with GC that's one thing. If you're feeding enough UG for her to get everything she needs to grow properly than adding GC, you're asking for trouble or at least just wasting your money.

The aflafla pellets are going to be higher in calories as well as have a higher nutritional profile than grass hays. Yearlings have a finite amount of hay they can eat so if she's filling up on high fiber grass hay and loosing weight, you have to come up with a higher caloric option. Start her with 1# at each meal. She should easily eat 3-5# in addition to her regular hay.
yeah I know that it can be bad to oversuppliment.. that's why the vet said after this tub of gc is gone to discontinue it as she doesent really need it anymore.. I was concerned with her growth as well but the vet said she was so malnurished and not fed properly for a time.. so now that she is getting proper nutrition she should grow more.. but it did concern me so I did ask her about it.. and here probably in a month or two she will be weaned slowly off the ug and put on the regular grain the others are on.. which I don't buy its made here locally.. my instructor has been feeding it for years and she says its good grain, and I take her word for it.. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt overfeeding her or underfeeding her as the alfalfa pellets does not have directions, its just in a big burlap bag.. or to make sure I shouldnt cut some hay because of the alfalfa pellets.. and I weighed a scoop a scoop of grain is 1lb roughly not 1.5 I was told to weigh it to make sure so I did
     
    01-25-2012, 10:35 AM
  #7
Started
The only time to cut back on her hay is if she's wasting it. If she's leaving a couple of handfuls by the next meal, you've got the amount just right.

Keep tabs on her growth. Watch for changes in the angle of her fronts and for swollen or tender joints. Switching her to a grain for mature horses while she still has a ton of maturing to do isn't the best for her either. Ask for an analysis on it so you know where it's going to fall short. That's where top dressing with something like HORSE Manna (lets stop with the Calf Manna), soy beans or another supplement that has a good protein profile (you're looking for a good lysine content) will help her continue to mature at a healthy rate.
     

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