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QHLove 10-14-2012 06:40 PM

Sweet feed for saddlebred weanling?
Okay so yesterday I got my 5month old saddlebred filly, I was wondering if it's okay to feed her sweet feed. I don't think it would bother her because we feed it to my Hackney Quarter mare but she is a really easy keeper and gets fat very easily if we give her more than about a pound every other day as well as hay. But since Flower, my saddlebred weanling, is so young I wanted a second opinion. I know that most saddlebreds aren't generally easy keepers and need more feed than say my quarter/ hackney horse, what should I be giving her for feed if she also has access to grass hay all day?

SueNH 10-15-2012 08:09 AM

If you had a child would you feed him a bowl of cocoa puffs and a coke every morning for breakfast?

I would really suggest reading nutrition articles. I haven't fed sweet feed since the 1970's. Equine nutrition has come a long way since then and horses are living much longer because of it.

QHLove 10-15-2012 08:28 AM

Okay thanks for the advice. I never thought of it like that. I talked with a friend who has saddlebred and she recommended nutrena 12 pellets with a little cracked corn

walkinthewalk 10-15-2012 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by QHLove (Post 1719729)
Okay thanks for the advice. I never thought of it like that. I talked with a friend who has saddlebred and she recommended nutrena 12 pellets with a little cracked corn

Corn is full of starch; just what a growing child does not need.

If Nutrena is your feed of choice feed the baby something to help it develop and grow properly.

Life Design Mare & Foal Horse Feed by Nutrena

Nutrena states "Life Design is good for pregnant mares and foals clear up to two years old.

Tractor Supply sells Nutrena feeds and will order in any special type of feed you ask for, if they don't stock a particular "model". It's really easy to throw "Life Design" on the truck at the warehouse, for example.

Purina carries "youth" feeds in their Purina name and also in Omolene.

I can't believe someone suggest throwing sweet feed at a growing baby:-x

SueNH 10-15-2012 11:08 AM

The breed doesn't matter. Horses are designed to eat constantly and a diet that is loaded with fiber.

Corn is candy. Save it for feeding wild birds and squirrels. Maybe a bite as a treat for a job well done, nothing more. It's really empty calories that is kind of hard on their digestion.

Good forage be it pasture or hay is the first. A good brand name mare and foal feed will work if you don't want to go technical and mix your own. If you mix your own you really have to pay close attention to the calcium phosphorus ratio in a growing horse or you wind up with joint issues down the road. A good brand name feed will already have taken it into consideration.

Google up "feeding weanling foal" or some variation. Article upon article about it.

SueNH 10-15-2012 11:16 AM

My tractor supply has the Nutrena mare and foal in stock all the time. My Blue Seal and Agway dealers also keep their versions in stock. Every area in the country has a regional feed mill that is good. In New England we have Poulin which I love because they have a number of feeds that cater to my fatties and they answer any questions I have quickly and honestly.

walkinthewalk 10-15-2012 12:50 PM


Originally Posted by SueNH (Post 1719879)
My tractor supply has the Nutrena mare and foal in stock all the time.

You'd be surprised what the TSC in my county doesn't carry and flat out refuses to order:shock: I have to go to the TSC in the next county.

Fortunately I am exactly half way between both of them; only 15 miles either way. "the other county" gets my money all the time, simply because they are willing to order in what they don't stock.

I have to drive a minimum of 41 miles to buy anything other than Co-op feeds, DuMor, Purina, Omolene, or Nutrena.

Those of you that have multiples of brand feed names available to you ---- never take that for granted.:-)

Speed Racer 10-15-2012 01:00 PM

I feed Blue Seal. Took me a long time to find a dealer close enough to me to make it worth my while. I love my horses, but I'm not willing to travel 2 hours one way to buy feed!

Agree with Sue and walk; sweet feed is the worst thing you can feed a growing youngster. I won't even let my adult horses have corn or sweet feed, except as maybe a treat now and again.

SueNH 10-15-2012 02:46 PM

Blue Seal has one of their plants in Bow, NH so it's pretty common feed around here. It's an outgrowth of the old Merrimack Farmers exchange. Blue Seal is owned by a big corporation now but the old standbys remain.

Walkin, I surprised you don't have more choices near you. It sounds like your in the heart of Tenn. horse country. But yes, I go 35 miles to get the Poulin hay stretcher because it has the lowest NSC I could find. It has an NSC of 6.1 and I suspect it's the only thing saving me from putting a grazing muzzle on the pony. She fills up on that and snoozes while the other 2 graze. She would think she was dying if I only gave her that 1/3 cup of ration balancer.

Back to baby horses...

QHLove, when do we see pics of the new baby? I'm always up for cute!

QHLove 10-16-2012 11:09 AM

Wow I am so glad I asked about feed! The person who suggested the cracked corn and pellets was actually the woman I got my beautiful new baby from (she shows and breeds saddlebreds) and that's what she feeds all her horses. I am really wondering where she learned her feeding knowledge from based on what all of you have said. I am now trying to figure out what to do with the 2 bags of sweet feed we have in our shed :/ and I am going to have to go buy a bag of mare and foal feed tomorrow too.

SueNH- I should have a picture pretty soon just have to find the USB cord for my camera but she is an adorable little chestnut with no markings.

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