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post #1 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Describe Your Feed Program For Your Horse?

We raise horses years ago and seems like we fed a three pound coffee can of Oats and a slice of Alfalfa or grass hay,but was wondering how you feed yours.I like grass hay,not sure what its going for now but Alfalfa is high!! Larry

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All our Paints are very low maintenance. They are out 24x7 with pasture grass, a free choice round bale of fescue, and 1 quart/day of an all around 14% pellet.
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Mine are very easy keepers and get about 15-20 lbs grass hay each per day. The hay is a pasture mix with less than 12% non structural carbohydrates. That translates to between 5-8 flakes daily, split into two feedings. They also each get about a pound of alfalfa pellets and 2 ounces of a vitamin/mineral supplement per day. They have 24/7 access to a mineral block as well as loose salt, and of course water.
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post #4 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry82052 View Post
We raise horses years ago and seems like we fed a three pound coffee can of Oats and a slice of Alfalfa or grass hay,but was wondering how you feed yours.I like grass hay,not sure what its going for now but Alfalfa is high!! Larry
Boy has the horse feeding world changed, lollol

I've paid for my own horses 56 of my 68 years and I would give anything to go back to "pre coggins" days, feeding oats & corn, according to the size of a coffee can

These days it's either feed for an easy keeper or feed for a hard keeper. Most of the time any sort of pure grain, especially oats, is not part of the formula

Oats are very high in starch (NSC aka non-structural carbohydrates), therefore not recommended for most horses, these days.

I have easy keepers, one is on a prescription for insulin resistance. I feed him a condensed vit/min supplement and a probiotic mixed into Timothy grass pellets and a 1/4 cup of rice bran to enhance the flavor.

The other horse eats the same way because he weighs too much

I feed locally grown orchard grass/mix hay. They are on pasture 8-9 hours daily but our heat/humidity has been so bad, the last month, they stay in the run-in stalls, in front of big tub fans, eating hay. I doubt they graze more than 3 hours each, thanks to this weather.

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My horses are out on pasture at night, and in during the day. They range from 23 years old, down to 3 years old. When I bring them in in the morning, they get fed a 14% pellet, anywhere from 1.5 lbs to 3 lbs.

Right now, they need no hay, but over the leaner grass times, they get an orchard grass mix. Their pasture is lespadeza- grass mix.
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Mine are turned out on fairly decent grazing with stabling to reduce grass intake, they get soaked grass hay when they're stood in.
I only really feed them at this time of year to get supplements in them so its just Triple Crown Safe Starch (chopped) Forage, a small amount of Triple Crown Low starch pellets and just enough sugar beet (no molasses added type) to damp it down
They're all full of energy but its a struggle against time to work them hard enough to keep their weight down
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 06:16 PM
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Right now mine are on grass 24/7 and they have a spring to get fresh flowing water out of. They regulate their own intake. The pony is a little chubby, but he's a pony and isn't in work right now. He's still surprisingly trim and not actually gaining weight so I just leave him be. They have free access to loose salt and loose minerals. Sometimes they'll get some ration balancer when I remember to give it to them in the morning, but that isn't too often lately. This winter my mare will be getting a couple of pounds of Purina stratigy (amount depending on how much work she is getting), a pound of sunshine plus, and free choice grass hay. The pony will be getting free choice grass hay (slow feeder) and a quarter pound(ish) sunshine plus. Both will get free choice loose salt and minerals. Hopefully my other riding gelding will be sold by then, otherwise he would get the same as the mare.
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post #8 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 06:44 PM
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I think I am the laziest feeder ever. My horse is on 24/7 pasture and whenever I take him out of a paddock to do something I feed an indeterminate amount of a premix feed I have. It's mostly just a happy to see you feed, and a boost on his vitamins and minerals. That's all he needs year round. It alternates from around give handfuls to up to 10ish.

I've done the specific feeding before, with harder keepers. Boiling barley, adding oil, weight gain supplements, pellets, different hays. It's so nice not to need to do it anymore.
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post #9 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 06:44 PM
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Grass pasture, free choice hay, free choice mineral/salt lick and sometimes extruded carb care pellets, as a treat.

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post #10 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 11:31 PM
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I'll leave my minis out of this equation since you're looking to buy a riding horse so I'm guessing your more concerned with care for a full sized horse.

This time of year they are pretty much living off pasture. I bring them in once a day to check them over and they each get a dab of oats. Clean water, white salt & red mineral block are available year round.

In the winter I switch over to a grain mix (corn, oats, pellets, molasses and added vitamins & minerals). They still only get a dab. I have an old 1 lb 7 oz coffee can that gets split between 8 horses if that helps you picture what my dab is. LOL They also still have access to their pasture of dormant grass plus grass hay round bales 24/7. We also buy small squares every year that is an orchard grass/alfalfa mix and they'll each get a flake of that on extremely cold days and as a treat on holidays. We also keep a heater in their water tank so there's no frozen water to deal with.

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