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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2015, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Help with feed

Hi All,

I have recently bought my first horse after being round horses for many years and sharing/loaning previously. My boy is a 15.2 Polish Warmblood gelding. He is a good doer and the previous owner just had him on basic chaff and hay... which is what I have stuck to, and seems to be working for him. Just wanted a little confirmation that this is enough for him, he currently has 1.5 scoops of chaff for breakfast, with a slice or two of hay (if he is left in, currently his grazing is reduced a fair bit due to a waterlogged/muddy field, however is hacked out for an hour or just over most days so gets plenty of exercise) followed by 2 scoops of chaff with carrots or apple (1 of) and a hay net over night. Is this ok for him? As I said he seems to have kept at a good weight, but need to mention that he is a guts so WILL eat anything that you put in front of him, no matter how much is there, he won't stop until it has gone.
If you have any suggestion on anything else to give him if needs be, I would appreciate the advice.

Thanks in advance.
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Chaff is just chopped up hay - there is no reason to feed him both, but you might want to consider a premix feed with vitamins and minerals.
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Thanks for the reply Saskia :)
Just going by what his previous owner used to feed him, the chaff I feed has molasses in it, but will definitely look into getting a more vitamin and minerals in it.
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Hi,

Agree with Saskia, that hay sounds likely adequate if he's a 'good doer' & extra chaff, if that's all it is, is not necessary. However, nutrition is a big factor of health, and I'd be ensuring he had better nutrition than just hay will give, of which you can mix in with some chaff(I'd quit feeding molassessed tho).

I get the idea he's stabled a lot? This is not great. If you can't turn him out more, ensure that he has enough hay to last him to the next meal - not great for them to have empty stomachs - & if he tends to gorge on it, you can put the hay in a 'slow feed' small holed net or such. You can also soak & drain the hay before feeding, to leach out some extra sugars.

Depends what sort of riding you do with him, whether an hour a day would be considered little or moderate exercise. It's not heaps though, esp if he's stabled a lot. If you can only get him out for an hour a day, I'd definitely be wanting him on 24/7 turnout with other horses, which will also motivate/allow exercise when you're not there.
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