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post #1 of 3 Old 01-10-2018, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hey there! So I recently retired my 18 year old gelding, and after settling into a new place I've decided to do some research on what the best diet would be for him.

He is currently on 24/7 turnout with about 20-30 other geldings and they have plenty of land to roam. He has been on an active feed, but I want to switch him because he isn't being ridden. He is a fairly easy keeper, and I would try not giving him any grain, but he gets a hoof supplement because he has navicular. I'm looking for something that is somewhat light because he was a bit chunky before winter started, and I don't want him to get overly fat once the spring and summer grass grows in. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-10-2018, 02:22 PM
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Purina Enrich. It is a pelleted ration balancer that you'd feed about 1lb a day for a retired animal that you wanted to limit calories. There is also a ration balancer that is a supplement only (2 ounces a day) that you would add to some type of pelleted feed like alfalfa or beet pulp.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-10-2018, 09:31 PM
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Does he not do well on hay alone? I have a mare that was retired at 10, she is coming 12 now. Currently bred for a April/May foal. However before being bred she was on just hay, and pasture during the spring/summer/fall. Winter we just upped the hay and added in some BP as needed. She's not a hard keeper, but is a large mare. Of course, not all horses do well on just hay so that's why I ask if that's an option for your guy or not.

Beverley - 17.3h moose mare, retired to broodmare, Jolie - 2018 Appendix filly, Maybelline - 14.3h APHA mare
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