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post #1 of 5 Old 09-17-2020, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding for New Yearling

I am bringing home a new yearling and am trying to figure out what she should be fed. Her owner was feeding her alfalfa/grass hay pellets + oat bran and that's it.

My barn doesn't use pellets, we have loose alfalfa and grass hay. So I am thinking 50/50 alfalfa and grass hay + some type of ration balancer. Any suggestions?

She is a QH, almost 18 months and a good weight composition, maybe about 700 lbs.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-17-2020, 06:03 PM
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Your plan sounds like a good start. You do not want to bulk her up; it is best to let her grow slowly.

It is best to apply the KISS and "less is more" principles. Over-supplementation, a relatively common practice, can be just as bad as under-supplementation. Horse nutrition is also a balancing act. Even if you have an adequate amount of one mineral, it can be blocked or over-absorbed if another mineral is excessively high.Here is an article providing a brief overview.

While horses of different ages have different nutritional requirements, one requirement remains the same: forage (grass and hay). Forage should be the main part of any horse's diet, regardless of age. Will your horse be on grass and hay or just hay? It is recommended to test your horse's forage and fill in the nutritional gaps. Equi-Analytical is recommended for forage testing. FeedXL is also recommended; it is a helpful tool for figuring out what nutritional gaps there are and how to fill them. Protein and the calcium-to-phosphorus ration are some of the more important aspects of feeding yearlings. They have about a 12-14% protein and a 2:1 calcium-to-phosphorus ratio requirements.

Kentucky Equine Research has some good articles about feeding yearlings. Here is a good one to get you started.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-17-2020, 06:06 PM
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When my QH filly was that age I had her on Brome hay and Purina Strategy GX and free range to pasture. I am extremely happy with the way she has turned out. 3 years and 5 months now and she was around 13h and 750# when she was your fillys age now she is 15H and 1000#. Excellent feet and good coat.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-17-2020, 06:40 PM
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I usually keep my youngsters on Purina Jr plus all the grass hay they can eat. Because of blister beetles, I don't feed alfalfa anymore, though I did in CA & AZ. Then they got 24/7 grass hay, 1 flake (roughly 10 lbs) alfalfa morning and night and Jr, until they're 2 years old and then we switch to Strategy, same hay. Until they are full grown I don't feed Enrich unless they just need the extra calories on top of the Strategy and then I tend to give Ultium or Amplify, depending on just how much they look like they need and if they need help with their coat. I keep them on ADM Moorman's GroStrong loose minerals their whole lives but start it as soon as their ready to wean.

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So I am thinking 50/50 alfalfa and grass hay + some type of ration balancer. Any suggestions?
Yeah, see if your BO has got an analysis on the hay and go from there. It depends what a horse is getting from their diet as to what they might require to 'fill the gaps' or balance out too much or something or other. So you really can't just go on what someone else likes - unless perhaps they're knowledgeable in nutrition and in your 'neck of the woods' so pasture/hay analysis is from same area & so likely similar in nutrition.
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