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I got two questions, ones kinda like trivia...?

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        09-15-2008, 07:52 PM
    Originally Posted by travlingypsy
    OH! Thank you, a great big help! lol Ok here is another question... I know that the more a horse works the more grains they need, the less work the less grain, so basicly that goes for the more larger/draft breeds? ..........

    Im just trying to get some understanding on the whole grain bit.
    Any horse that is stalled all day long and just fed a lot of feed is not a happy horse. In fact many become very hard to handle because they end up with a lot of energy and no place to use it.

    There is no way to tell you how much to feed an individual horse regardless of size. As an example, two of my horses are about the same size and weight and both are turned out 24/7 on pasture. I grain both of them twice per day. The mare gets 1/2 lb of 10% protein and the gelding gets 1 1/2 lb of the same feed. I ride both but the gelding is worked a good deal more and needs the extra feed to maintain. I tailor my feeding to the horse and it's work load and monitor his weight and muscle adjusting their feed accordingly.

    When I get a new horse I'll ask how much feed and what kind; I'll also want to know how much work they have been getting then, looking at the horse, make an educated guess where to start with my feeding. After a few weeks I can make an assessment of the horse and make my adjustments.
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        09-15-2008, 08:38 PM
    I know I feel really bad for the one gelding, I havent seen his owner in weeks, and maybe he gets turnout once a week, but he does have a padock, which isnt much.

    Thanks for your help!

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