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  • What is the best feed to give my 1 year old horse

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    08-11-2008, 01:13 AM
Well,since you asked, I thought maybe a suggestion was what you were looking for. :)
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    08-11-2008, 01:46 AM
I do like his interesting star and blaze on his face and although he is narrow, his front legs look pretty good. Maybe cowhocked in the back, hard to tell.

Every horse has different nutritional needs. I have 3 horses and my 15 hd. Paint needs twice as much as 18 hd. Draft, while the pony gets fat just looking at feed!!. Probably because your colt is growing so fast, he can't get enough in him from roughage (grass). Concentrated nutrients (pellets or something like that) would help him get enough calories.
    08-11-2008, 01:58 AM
I would like to point out that this horse is hot blooded and will burn calories off much quicker . So high energy food should be out and as said above more concentrated food with a higher fat content ( like hi Fat and Fiber ) along with good quality hay given to him on a daily basis IN HIS STALL so you KNOW he is eating it, not others or wasting it.

THEN turn him back out. This will also ensure he will get the maximium growth his genes will allow.
    08-11-2008, 02:16 AM
Ok thanks for the help we don't have a barn so he stays outside full time along with the other 4 horses we have. I'll just have to take him out and feed him in our round pen. I am a bit worried about how big he will be I am 6'4 and I would enjoy a big larger horse... I was aware before I got him that his breed arabian/saddlebred horses do not get that large. I would like him to be avg sized at the least.
    08-11-2008, 02:33 AM
Horses are hard to judge as yearlings for the simple fact they are in that gangly stage. If you want to you can leave him a stallion for now if he has no bad habits and decide when he gets older and you see what he is going to look like. I think he is narrow chested but that will come with age. We do miniature horses and when I mean gangly looking, I REALLY MEAN UGLY HORSES in the miniature breed. We have a two year old filly at the house now that is so narrow in the chest that she almost hits when we work her a little. We just put performace boots on her because we know she will widen with age. I would definitely feed him 2-3 times a day though. Yearlings require more protein and fat in their diet than a six or seven year old horse to maintain weight. So that is why the others are so fat on just grass and maybe a little feed and he is so much thinner than the rest. I am not here to make anyone mad, but to give some good ideas and receive some!
    08-11-2008, 02:57 AM
Yeah do you have any suggestions on what type of feed... right now I know for a fact Scout is getting the wrong type of pelleted grain. He is on Mustang - safe n easy.... which I know if for SENIOR horses.... so I know he's not getting what he needs from the grain... especially since senior and yearling horses need vastly different thing from grain. But yeah does anyone have any suggestions on what type of grain I should use for him.
    08-11-2008, 03:22 AM
As far as feeding hay to a horse that has plenty of pasture grass... if I was to put hay out in the pasture for them to eat... they would at best use it as bedding. They would much rather eat fresh green grass than dry hay. Can you blame them?
our horses are out on grass every day too, but they come running for their hay every morning and every night
    08-11-2008, 08:04 AM
First, it depends on hay a lot. My horses run back to the hay rack after being on pasture for couple hours. My neighbor's horses who are on pasture a lot don't gain that much weight either. I'd feed him grain at least twice a day (a scoop). Plus may be add weight build in it and veggie/corn oil for sure. That's how I brought weight on mine (she was much thinner).

He has thin neck and cow-hocked. Lovely color, but I'm sorry he's not breeding quality (yes, I know he's baby, but the overall confo problems don't go away with age).

Iridehorses, that's HORRIBLE! I'm very sorry to hear about her! We always learn the hard way... :(
    08-11-2008, 09:13 AM
Soaked beet pulp helps add some weight.
    08-11-2008, 11:25 AM
I would go out and look into wither mare and foal feed (it can be fed up to 2 years of age and sometimes even older). Either find something that is already fortified with vitamin and minerals or buy an additional vitamin and mineral supplement. I like the purina feeds, especially the strategy and omolene lines. These are fortified feeds and you do not have to feed all that extra vit and min supplement. Try to go for something 16% protein and around 6% fat or maybe even a little higher.

On the other hand to all the people who think that cow hocked horses will always be cow hocked when they get older. Every single baby I have ever owned has been cow hocked at least a little, but if it is not severe it can be corrected at young ages with proper hoof trimming and proper muscling. Very rarely do do I ever see a yearling that has the proper muscle tone unless someone is longeing them everyday and building the proper muscle needed to correct small conformation problems. The same thing goes for horses that are slightly toe out! A lot of people do not understand how important muscling is on their horse, it can correct minor confirmational problems and it makes them look like a completely different horse!

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