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post #1 of 3 Old 09-17-2017, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Huge Feeding Change...Need Help

I got a new horse last week who was eating 3# of sweet feed in the AM and 3# of sweet feed in the PM, plus a few (I don't know how many, but limited amount) flakes of hay.

The place I'm boarding him now has them in the pasture and he has 24/7 access to coastal hay. I have been feeding him 1.5 scoops of grain, but today I weighed it and it turns out to be only 1/3 of the weight of grain he was eating at his old place.

However, since he's eating much more hay and has a bit of grass access too (not much though b/c we live in a rocky area) I wonder how much I should feed him. I'm super confused. (And if I eventually switch to having my barn feed him instead of driving to feed him twice a day, they'll only feed one scoop of grain once per day. For now though that's not an issue b/c I can feed him.)

Another thing is that he wasn't working much at his old home and now I give him 20-40 mins of lunging/riding exercise 6x a week.

And yes, I know sweet feed is bad. I'm sloooowly switching him to a much better feed; for now he's up to 1/3 the new food and 2/3 sweet feed.


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post #2 of 3 Old 09-19-2017, 12:00 PM
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I figure to take 2 weeks to change to a new feed. Gradually lowering the old and upping the new will work. Keep a close eye on the horse for a while, but most of the time feed changes go just fine.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-19-2017, 03:17 PM
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Quite honestly I have never had a horse have troubles with radical diet changes.

If you bought a horse at a sales you wouldn't know what it was being fed so would just feed it what you thought was right.

Horses that are very fit and on a high grain ration will have their diet radically changed of they are injured. Never had a problem with it.
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