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What do you feed?
I finally switched my mare to senior feed.
Platform - Senior Horse Feed
And my gelding on Purina professional strategy GX.
Purina Mills Strategy® Professional Formula GX
Before I just gave them sweet feed because they were "easy keepers" but then I did more research and realized it wasn't helping anything. My mare is 20+ and it's hard to keep weight on her. I don't know why on earth I didn't switch earlier. The feeds I have them on now are only about $5 more than the sweet feed, so it was a good decision.
What do you think? And what is your horse on?
I have found that my hard keepers and easy keepers do better on a 100% grain-free diet. I feed ADM's Metabolic Mineral pellets along with Alfalfa pellets and/or chopped Alfalfa hay (comes in a bag). You only need to feed 1-1.5 lbs of the mineral pellets a day, so it works great for my fatties. The hard keepers just get more of the alfalfa pellets to add more protein and calories to their diet. I also feed Uckele's Cocosoya oil to provide Omega 3 fatty acids as we don't have any real grazing to speak of.
Since swicthing to a grain-free diet my horses hold their weight better, have a better work ethic, their coats & feet are healthier, we have less issues with rain rot and thrush, my moody mare isn't as moody, and my spooky horses are much calmer. I will never feed any kind of grain or pellets that have any grain products again. No corn, no wheat, no "grain sweepings", or "grain by-products" will enter my feed room ;-).
The feed I use:
StaySTRONG low starch mineral feed supplement
You can buy it online if you don't have an ADM retailer in your area. My ADM state sales rep delivers mine to me once a month ;-). The nearest ADM dealer to me is 2 hours away. They are a really great company!
I like the above feed because it doesn't have the high protein levels found in many ration balancers (often 30-35% protein). I know that 1lb of 30% protein isn't really that much protein, but they often add weird stuff to the feed to get the protein that high, like "egg product" or "whey protein" (milk!)... Sorry, my horse is an herbivore! lol
A good article:
My senior horse is on Triple Crown Senior Senior Formula | www.triplecrownfeed.com
And Alfalfa cubes (wetted down)
The rest are on country acres pellets and high quality hay.
My witchy mare also gets quiessence but I don't know that I see a difference.
Easy keeper gets hay stretcher pellets just so he thinks he is being fed. He also gets SmartPak Easy Keeper supplement.
Not easy keeper gets Safe Choice and soaked beet pulp.
Grass hay for both. Not easy keeper hay is basically free choice. Easy keeper it is rationed in a small hole hay net.
My horses eat the Life Design by Nutrena. They get half and half of the Compete and Prime. Coastal free choice... and a flake of O&A in the evenenings.
They all look great.
I hope I see a difference in my horses. I have to feed them grain because the hay choice is /okay/ and the grass during the summer is very sparse.
^ You don't HAVE to feed grain - there are plenty of alternatives. But if what you are doing is working, then keep doing it :]
My easy keepers just have a mineral lick. My competition horse gets Speedi-Beet, A small amount of Copra, and Prydes Easi-Sport (grain free, low starch, low sugar pellet) and grass hay when we go to comps.
Ginisee (18 year old TB mare, fairly hard keeper)- Purina Equine Senior
Uma ( 7 year old 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire, hard keeper)- Purina Ultium and Amplify supplement
Demi (7 year old TB mare, super easy keeper)- a TINY bit of Purina Equine Senior
I feed Purina Ultium
All 7 here are on Horsego32 by Kent 1lb per day
with alfalfa pellets added for calories as needed
I currentily have 1 of the 7 getting alfalfa pellets plus ricce bran she was a tad thin when she came in
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