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post #1 of 2 Old 11-27-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Mix your own feed?

Does anyone mix their own feed (whole foods, rather than processed)? What's your recipe for your horses? For hard keepers and easy keepers?
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I mix my own and vary the ingredients based on work load weather and body/coat condition.

My horses are moderate keepers (very easy in spring) they are young and still developing (4 and 5)

I use a mixture of chaff (oaten and lucerne mostly) soya meal, copra, lupins and or rolled barley, sunflower seeds, rice bran oil, apple cider vinegar and a good vitamin pellet

Winter I feed 500g (2 scoops) oaten chaff, 500g lucerne chaff, 250g barley, 200g copra, 200g soya, 100g sunflower seeds, 75ml ACV, 100ml of oil and 15g of a good vitamin pellet (designed for my local conditions) daily.

Now (late spring) they are getting the vitamin pellet, 25g sunflower seeds, 125g (half a scoop) oaten chaff, and 75ml ACV most days.

If they have a really heavy day (worked all day no grazing) they will get barley and maybe copra to.

These horses live out on pasture 24/7 that is rotated and restricted as needed and always have salt available

I'm not sure I will bother with lupins again next winter the barley was much more effective and didn't make them nutty like oats have in the past

The ingredients I use are what's typically found in most of the top premixed local feeds (without the added molasses, fillers and preservatives) for breeding, show and muscle development.
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