Need help on what to feed my 16hh Irish Sports Horse
New horse, old owners feeding twice a day but I would like to cut him down to one feed a day. What should I feed him? Gelding, 16.3hh Irish Sports Horse, living out, good doer. Please help! Any suggestions appreciated!
What's he on at the moment?
what condition is he in?
what work will you be doing with him?
how old is he?
where are you?
What's your pasture like?
And then I might make some suggestions :wink:
Horses actually do better with at least 3 meals a day... cutting down to one increases risk of colic due to too much at one time.
However, you can slow feed (or loose feed) hay all day without issues. But grain really should be divided up.
You can always decrease feed if he's at a good weight, or if he needs to cut down.
Hi Lily & welcome,
Agree with SR & Sky, that need more info & also little & often feeding is best, but as a general rule, if he's got pasture/hay - should be at least 2%bwt daily - & he's healthy & a 'good doer', all he'll really need is nutritional supplementation *appropriate to his diet*. So a low dose, low GI 'ration balancer' or such. If it's a small amount & 'low GI', then while little & often is still best, once a day will be fine.
If you are only wanting to feed once daily, it is critical that he has hay 24/7 (slow feeder net) and that he is being fed less than 5 lbs of grain material daily. If he doesn't have hay all day, you're just asking for ulcers, behavior problems, and boredom. How would you like to only eat once a day? ;)
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