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post #1 of 5 Old 01-18-2015, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding a baby

I just bought my first horse and he is turning two in a couple months (I know I am a little crazy getting a baby as my first horse). The barn I took him to switched him from a 1st cut round bale Timothy hay (only hay) to fresh Alfalfa and a 30% pellet. His attitude has completely changed from a willing baby to a hyper angry brat. Before the switch I never saw a canter from him. Now he is cantering and bucking every time I enter his paddock and refuses to be caught. I know the diet he is on is great for his age (he is already looking healthier) but is it worth going back to the old diet if it is changing his behavior this much? I don't want to end up with a horse with a bad attitude and difficult habits to break. Thank you for any advice.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-18-2015, 11:49 PM
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They are giving him way too much protein. And when you say fresh alfalfa are you meaning they have it planted in the pastures or dried in the form of hay?

I prefer to give grass hay and then supplement with grain if they need it for weight. Since it sounds like you're boarding it's not as easy for you to pick the type of hay your horse is getting so if they are feeding alfalfa hay I'd ask them to stop the pellets. If they have their pastures planted in alfalfa I'd be looking for a new place. That is much too rich for a horse besides being a health hazard.

At the same time I do not like the excuse of feed being the cause of a horse misbehaving. It comes down to training and a well trained horse will mind their manners once in hand no matter how hyper they are feeling.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-19-2015, 02:31 AM
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Feed is way too hot for him. You may have to buy grass hay, but they may provide it? But that is the problem more than likely.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-19-2015, 03:57 AM
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I know a number of folks that like to go with the 30% feeds for the young ones, and I've never seen anything good come from it. We feed our young ones the same as our mares, pasture/free choice grass hay and an all around 14% pellet, and have never had a problem.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2015, 02:08 PM
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Too hot for him. What is good for some horses isn't good for others. I would recommend adding some grass back into the diet. Maybe take half the amount of alfalfa out and replace with grass. or all grass and supplements.

I have a 2 year old also, she is with our two other horses (6yrs and 4 yrs). They get 3 flakes alfalfa and a big bin full of grass. in addition to that they gets a mineral supplement with whole washed oats and olive oil. The oil helps their coat and put or keep fat on. We have cold winters so they need it.

However, a week ago we bought some Purina Strategy Healthy Edge since they were out of the oats. They have had this before in the summer and didnt bother them. This time though, it made them very hot! So, we took them off of it. Like I said, not every horse is the same. Don't make her hot, feed her what she does well on. Not what other people say is the ideal diet.
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