Horse going from being fed 2x to 1x a day.
Hello, HF! :-)
I haven't been around much. I have been going through some life changes, one of them being I am moving barns. I am moving for many reasons, but that's not something I would like to discuss.
I am moving to a self-care barn and I will be out once a day to feed.
Now, let me just say, it WILL be once a day. I can not go out twice, I can not pay someone to do it for me. I feel like that is all I need to say on the matter.
Anyway, my horse is a TB. Right now she is thriving and looking wonderful on her current feeding schedule. Of course, I am worried that she may lose weight when being dropped to once a day.
She currently gets 1 1/4 3-quart scoop of Stock and Stable and 1 scoop of beet pulp. I knew the weights at one point but do not have the paper with that on them, so all I have are the scoop measurements. She is also on 24/7 pasture and will be at the new place.
I know I will be making the switch to Safe Choice when we move, which is what I fed before the barn changed to Stock and Stable, which I do not like. I also plan to continue feeding beet pulp.
My question is, how much is safe to feed her at one feeding? I do not want to overload her and risk tummy troubles, but I also want to keep her weight on. Should I consider supplementing something? Should I just feed her the same amount, just once a day, and see how she does before I change anything?
Thanks for any advice.
First determine how much a scoop is and how much she is getting a day. Than figure out how many Mcals she is getting in concentrates. You need to replace those calories with the new feeding program. You will actually need more as she gets more out of smaller meal spread out through the day. The good part is pastures are coming in and she will get more calories out of it than she was just last month. You will probably find that you need to cut back on her concentrates once she gets settled in to the new routine. The "safe" amount is no more than 1/2% of her body weight at any one time. That would mean a 1000# horse should get no more than 5# of concentrates at one meal (1000x .005) You can incorporate oils that are more calorie dense (about 3X more than SC by weight) and fats slow down the movement of feed in the GI tract so in theory she should be able to absorb more calories from it.
The grass will give her lots of cals but if not you could also get a slow feeder hay net or two.
Adding corn or canola oil will add fat (and shine) to your horse without making her hot.
You could also make friends with someone and make an agreement where you will feed your horse and her horse in the morning and she can do both your horses in the evening.
Thanks for the advice, guys! I was just really worried about feeding her too much at one time; I think what she gets is under five pounds so I have room to up it a little.
Depends what you're feeding to some extent as to how much is healthy, but you shouldn't feed more than about 3lb per feed, max. If you can only feed once or twice daily, I'd also be more inclined to avoid grains or other starchy, sugary ingreds &/or make sure there's not much per meal & they're well processed. Oil is another something that is not well digested unless fed little & often - horses don't naturally have the enzymes to digest fats.
Hey, guys! Finally got to weigh her Stock and Stable. She gets (got) about 4.25 pounds twice a day, plus the full 3-quart scoop of beet pulp (will be weighing that next.
The barn changed feeds AGAIN, so now she is on Triumph. I don't know how much those two differ in weight or protein/fat, I can't find the analysis for Stock and Stable anywhere.
Anyway, I suppose I still plan to change her to SafeChoice when we move unless you guys have a better idea (that doesn't cost any more! LOL).
I just hate that the barn changed because now she has to go through two feed changes in a month. Of course I will buy a bag of Triumph and slowly switch her over.
Anyway! If anyone has any advice or suggestions I would love it. :)
Well, Triumph is only slightly better than Stock&Stable. This is probably why she needs that much plus the beetpulp to look good.
I'm personally not a big friend of the Safe Choice line, I prefer Life Design. I'll have to see if I can find the NSC and calories of SC, LD and Triumph, to make sure I'll recommended the best;-)
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