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Feeding/Graining Question

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    09-01-2009, 03:33 PM
Feeding/Graining Question

Recently (three weeks ago) I bought a Mini. I failed to research anything and never really thought about it but I was feeding him Sweet Feed (along with my Paint mare), I have seen on a lot of posts it says not to feed them Sweet feed so since I seen that I switched them both over to Reliance 16% (I believe) pelleted feed. This is the feed the guy at the feed store recommended I should feed. But I am not totally convinced of this yet.

My question is what do you all feed? Just as far as graining goes and how much of it, and how many times a day?

Feel free to tell anything other information as far as feeding goes that I should know.

He is out on grass 24/7 but is isn't lushious grass.. He has free choice of hay as well and I have been feeding him the Reliance feed twice a day 1/2 a grain scooper each time. In the evening my dad will give them a few ears of corn from the garden..

Let me know if I should chance anything about his diet. He is my first mini so I definetly need all the help I can get :)
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    09-01-2009, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
"half a grain scooper" isn't really very helpful as there are many sized scoopers - it would be most helpful if you could provide a weight of the amount of feed you are giving.
Also, how old is he and what is his current condition, age and weight?
    09-01-2009, 03:54 PM
I will weigh it this evening when I go out to feed. This is his most recent picture
And he is a 16 month old Stud colt.
    09-01-2009, 07:43 PM
Okay I think it is a pound of pellet's. And I feed that twice a day.
    09-02-2009, 04:17 AM
With grass and free choice hay, I'd just give him a ration balancer maybe.

Mine get an alfalfa based pellet, beat pulp, and bermuda hay. Some also get Jr or Sr. All fed per weight.
    09-02-2009, 12:43 PM
What do you mean by Ration Balancer? Or is that the name of something lol Sorry if it's a dumb question.
    09-14-2009, 05:20 PM
I've had minis on and off for ten years, mine have done fine on your basic Purina Strategy. A lot of the breeders and show barns I've come across use it or a 50/50 mix of Strategy with something else. I find it easy enough since this feed has been good for nearly every horse I've ever owned, one less "special feed" to carry in the barn! Its not the absolute best choice out there for them but doesn't cause them to lack in anything and Your horse and mini could both be on this, it would be better than sweet.
I feed our 31" stallion 1 cup (actual kitchen measuring cups) AM and 2 cups PM. The mares get 2 cups AM and 2 cups PM because they are a bit taller and can use a little more. I've pretty much gone by whatever keeps there top line on best. The stallion gets less than 1 flake of hay a day in the summer and has a little grazing he can do, the mares get 1 flake a day each but have access to more grazing.

Your boy looks pretty good over all weight wise from the photo but he could use weight up on his top line, beet pulp would help that as well.
    09-14-2009, 07:44 PM
Okay. Thanks so much.

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