Originally Posted by minihorse927
To the OP, if you have a overweight mini the last thing you want to do is feed grain/sweet feed. They are extremely prone to founder. I believe you are in the right on this one. I have one who stays fat all the time and she is 36" tall. I keep her on a basic grass hay and salt/TM blocks. I also let her have grass in the pasture and feed a ration balancer. The ration balancer gives her all the vitamins and minerals a TM or salt block may not contain. The one I am feeding is called Tribute Essential K. It runs 25 dollars a bag but a bag lasts her over 2 months. Everyone else in the barn eats Purina Mini horse and Pony. I was feeding Strategy in the past but the Purina rep talked me into trying the mini feed. So far it is doing good on most, had to take the fat one off and two of the stallions off of it. I figured the true test will be this show season when they start working hard again instead of being furry pasture ornaments.
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Thank you, I have had him now for well the day after I posted my thread "Thinking of getting this little guy" and he is doing very well.
I have not gotten any of the mini feed because he is keeping his weight....I had to get a tall feed trough so he would stop running my mare off of her feed.....she is so not a fighter that would take her getting dirty and she does not like to do that......anyways so after I mix and dump my mares feed I let him lick the mixing bowl.
He also gets a few treats everyday and there is still grass, I will also give him a little handful of Safe Choice from time to time.
I have posted these pictured somewhere else but here they are again for those that did not see.