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post #1 of 9 Old 08-04-2014, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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feed options?

So I'm fairly new to this, but I've been riding for 8 years and I'm finally buying. What should I do about feed? Do I talk to my vet? Any and all suggestions are welcome because I'm kind of desperate. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-04-2014, 12:02 PM
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Start off by asking the seller what they have been feeding. This can be a good starting point, but doesn't necessarily mean the seller picked quality, nutritious feed. Ask your vet for his advice, but keep in mind that vets get very little training specifically on equine nutrition in vet school and not all have done additional study on it or kept up to date.

In general, you should ensure forage (either hay or pasture) is the basis of your horse's diet: at least 1.5% of his ideal body weight daily, but some horses need upwards of 2-3%. Whether you need to feed any hard feed at all depends on the horse and his workload. If not getting fresh grass, you'll need to supplement something with adequate levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega-3 at the very least, since these degrade rapidly in hay.
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Yes, talk to your vet.

Go to feed stores and read the bags, ask them for feed tags, which you can compare side by side at home.

Go to the feed companies' websites and compare feeds.

Research your hay options, which is really the basis of your feeding program, then talk to your Agriculture Extension Agent, and find their office. They will have literature there, and be able to tell you about forage and soil testing.
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all above are great advice, but I would like to add .. Make changes to the horse's diet slow...sudden changes can cause colic issues in many horses..

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Best bet is to get information from equine specialist of each company you are interested in.

Stick with what is being fed, transition slowly, if you do make a change, and see how it goes.

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This all depends on the horse. Are they underweight? What type of pasture/hay will they be eating? What will their work load be like? Are they prone to ulcers? What feed are they on now? These are all things to discuss with your vet and the current owner. Remember to transfer to new feeds slowly.

Oh and congratulations on your horse! That is stinking exciting!!! =)
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Mine do well on 1lb of oats once a day when on grass. In the winter that's 50/50 oats alfalfa or 50/50 senior. They have good weight and shiney coats.



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Best bet is to get information from equine specialist of each company you are interested in.

Stick with what is being fed, transition slowly, if you do make a change, and see how it goes.
What do you mean by equine specialists? Could you recommend some?
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are you going to be boarding the horse ? Do you have to supply your own feed ?
Is it being kept on your land ? Is the horse going to be on a pasture , meaning green grass to eat . What area are you in ? What is the horse currently being fed ?
You need forage, forage and more forage ( hay ) salt lick, water , they drink 10 gallons or more of water a day depending on your horse , how hot it is etc.
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