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post #11 of 19 Old 08-06-2011, 06:03 PM
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Aww he's so cute Here is a pic of my yearling colt.(turned 1 last month)

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post #12 of 19 Old 08-06-2011, 06:13 PM
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I wouldn't worry about his hay intake. I have all of my young horses on free choice hay. They eat when they feel like it.

Worry more on his grain. Either go with a grain pointed towards young horses (High crude protein %) or the new Miniature Horse & Pony feed. My young horses have been doing great on it. The Miniature Horse & Pony feed has 13.50%, but for some reason my young horses have gone from skinny, skinny to good looking in about 2 weeks.

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post #13 of 19 Old 08-06-2011, 07:10 PM
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Sweet feed is really not a good choice for most young horses and certainly not a mini. That's almost asking for founder. Take your own feed and set it out for the barn to feed.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-06-2011, 07:32 PM
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Less hay and a good high protein complete or pelleted feed. Purina equine jr is good as is the new Purina Mini Pony feed. But for him I would probably go with Purina equine jr.

Remember make all feed changes slowly!!

Tremor she does need to cut the hay back. A bale of hay a day is an outrageous amount of hay for a mini. Instead of letting him fill up on hay let him eat a complete feed (but still feed hay!) I believe I also helped you learn how to feed when I saw your horses pic on LB :)

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post #15 of 19 Old 08-06-2011, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by weefoal View Post
Tremor she does need to cut the hay back. A bale of hay a day is an outrageous amount of hay for a mini. Instead of letting him fill up on hay let him eat a complete feed (but still feed hay!) I believe I also helped you learn how to feed when I saw your horses pic on LB :)
Ahh, I thought her feeding arrangement was close to mine. Hay bale in front of them with more than one horse eating.

But then again I feed BIG round bales and have seven horses. A full square bale is what mine would eat in a day or two. (I'm guessing. We sometimes feed a half of a square bale a day when the round bale is eating slow. So then they have two hay sources.

So, no definitely not one square bale a day for ONE horse. Definitely cut back.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you supposed to only feed 2-3 FLAKES a day per horse? (I may be wrong. I don't feed squares to one horse unless they're stalled. Then I go by how much will fit in a hay bag and how fast they eat it. I only stall horses if absolutely needed; as I have other means of shelter for my horses such as lean to's and the barn.)
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I would also really recommend you not feed your miniature free choice hay. They are prone to founder easily.
All of mine get a half a flake morning and evening, and maintain their weight great.

I would think if you are willing to supply the stable with your own choice of pelleted feed as apposed to their sweet feed, they should not have any issues with that.
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post #17 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 05:53 PM
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He's adorable :). I have two yearling minis on hay 2-3x a day, and one is at a perfect weight while the other is very chubby.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 07:06 PM
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I thought minis ate miniwheats?
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Thanks for the helpful advice, yall. Oh and I just want to add that he goes through a bale of hay in about a week and a half, not in a DAY! Haha :) I will talk to the stable about feeding him the Mini and Pony Feed instead of the sweet feed as well. :)
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