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post #1 of 4 Old 07-13-2014, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Getting the nutrition he needs? Help

I have a 17 year old ASB that is being fully pasture fed and is being ridden very little. He is still in great shape for riding and has lots of energy, so I am hoping to start riding him at least 2 times a week. At the moment he is living off of grass only. I am not very experienced and he is my first horse so my real question is, is he getting the nutrition he needs? In the winter he does have hay and the pasture he is in is rather large. He has actually gained weight since being moved to this pasture and we took him off the feed he was getting because he was being ridden a lot less and gaining weight like crazy. I don't know if he is getting the nutrients he needs for his age and all. I have noticed his coat is less shiny than when he was on feed and his hooves have been cracking some. I don't know what to feed him, if he needs supplements, how much to feed, if what he is getting is healthy, and how to keep his weight under control. I would greatly appreciate some advice! Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-14-2014, 06:32 AM
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He may need worming. Do you keep a trace mineral salt block for him? If not, get one.

Horses are designed to get all they need from quality forage. Periodically they will find a salt lick and clay patch in order to get the trace minerals and salt they need. The problem with most domestic horses is simply that their owners don't have the 2-6 acres per horse of quality pasture available. Sounds like this is not your problem - congratulations!

For light riding - natural forage and a trace mineral block will give the horse what they need.
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I know the Nutrena brand has something called Boost which is a vitamin and mineral supplement for pasture fed horses...
Many of the feed manufacturers make a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure your horse is getting what he may be missing from pasture alone.
I know by me there are several big name feed mills and they specifically make a supplement that is based upon the surrounding areas soil and what it has and doesn't have.
Quality plentiful pasture is enough to sustain most any horse.
We though have become accustomed to our horses having very sleek coats and certain "looks"...
What he was getting in his daily feed/grain to attain those "looks" you may just need to give him in small amounts of just vit. & min. not the "fat" adding feed he at this moment in time sounds like he doesn't need...

Doesn't sound like it would hurt to research the topic some at the feed store with knowledgeable trained professionals who can answer your questions...

Part of horse ownership is getting informed about all kinds of things so we can make the best decisions about our "friends"...
Congratulations on your horse, enjoy him and now quenching your thirst/need for information to take the very best care you can of him!!


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post #4 of 4 Old 07-14-2014, 09:15 AM
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^^^this but, gather up a stool sample and take it to the vet. If he hasn't been wormed in awhile, that may be the problem

Also, even though is weight is good, he might still have tooth problems. It would also be good to have his teeth checked, if that hasn't been done in the last 12 months
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