Originally Posted by Back2Horseback View Post
What I have learned is that sweet feed and most any form of oat/"cereal" grain has been found to be non-adventitious in all ways to horses...who knew??:0)
Recently, however, it has been found that cereal grains are the cause of over 20 previously non-understood equine dietary/other nutritionally based problems and basic concerns of previously unknown etiology.
Hi - can you point me in the direction of this information please.
I am a traditional feeder - mine get Barley, Oats, Suagarbeet, Flaxseed and Chaff and in over 40 years of feeding this to mine and to the horses in my care (100's) have never had a problem with this diet. What I have seen is the effect processed feeds have had on horses that are in the care of others. I firmly believe that the newly found problems are the result of the rubbish that gets put in the processed feeds.
Back to the OP's questions.
A young horse of anybreed needs protien for muscle development and Carbohydrates for growth and energy. Both are best supplied by good quality grazing, and quality hay if grazing is light. Hard feeding youngsters is not a good idea, growth problems develop from over feeding of hard feeds. Feed just a balancer to supply the exta protien required.
My youngsters all graze 24/7 with the addition of a multi mineral block they can freely access in their paddock. This is a photo of one of my yearlings that did not receive any hardfeed until she was a three year old - she is now 17hh at 4
Your horse is a lovely typical young horse that will go through a gangly stage from time to time. As a youngster judges should not be penalising a lighter weight - it is far better for a young horse to be light in condition - heavy condition will damage developing joints.
Sweats do not work! You cannot physically change a horses shape by putting on sweats - you just make their life uncomfortable.
Work wise - A horse of two cannot be worked long enough to improve muscle tone to any degree. 10 mins max lunging a day will do little to improve muscle structure. Any more than 10 mins and you risk damaging joints. Lead out in hand and walk for a few miles every day followed by quality grooming, around one hour body brushing. You could then get this One of my youngsters many years ago that was walked & strapped daily - notice the muscle definition
Regular worming is very important for youngsters. Mine are wormed every 8 weeks with a wormer that contains both Ivermectin and Praziquontal. Any sign of a snotty nose or a cough and I worm them as round worm migrate through the throat and lungs.
For extra healthy shine feed up to 1 cup of fresh ground flaxseed daily. I use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds fresh each day. You not only get the benefit of the oils for the coat but also for the joints too.
Remember all along that he is a baby and keep all lessons/work short.
Keeping a cover on him 24/7 will help to keep his colour and avoid those dry look ends and fading.