I've ridden since 2yrs old, really. I've read every book I could get my hands on. I've asked my cousins where I went to ride 3 months out of each year, but no one can really tell me about feeding. What is typically required in grain, suppliments, etc on a daily basis for an average sized horse? I know it "depends" on a lot. Say for a pastured horse in Arizona with very little ground fodder?
It would depend upon the horse itself. The age, the size, the environment, the exercise involved.
When my youngest mare was growing, she ate 4 three pound coffee cans of sweet feed a day. I grained her 3 times a day. She also had feed supplements added to her grain, vitamins, sea kelp, etc.
However, if I would have given her mother that much grain, she would have been as wide as a bus and hyper enough to jump tall buildings, either that or she could have foundered or gotten colic. The mare was fed a cup of sweet feed, 2 to 3 times a day. Big difference.
What kind of horse are you speaking of here? What is the horse used for? Age of the horse?
What kind of hay are you using? Hay makes a huge difference too, you feed less of the better quality hay. Buy the best hay that you can afford.
I pastured my horses in our back yard. I rotated 3 fields on the 10 acres and did not have to supplement with much hay during the spring and summer months.
Hope this helps, your question was a little vague.
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Its hard to say what your horse in particular needs but there are several feeds out there that can be adapted to many situations and sweet feed is NOT one of them. The only molasses drenched feed I will use sometimes in cases when my regular feed is not available is Omolene and usually the 200 variety as it protein/fat/fiber/vits & mins are closest to Purina Strategy which is what I feed and is a complete feed. I do not use supplements unless it is a special need such as pregnant mare as Purina suggests not using supplements as it is a complete feed and adding supplements would throw its nutritional values out of balance. Strategy is fed to a lot of horses on the road because of its completness and they are only given hay and no access to foraging grass. Since it is not a sweet feed it wont make the horses traveling hypoglycemic (spelling) because it doesnt provide energy from sugars and other starches which can cause problems when fed as the horses sole source of nutrients. Not that a horse has to be traveling to be fed it and is very good for most horse situations. Hate to talk so much about one feed but I swear by the stuff, I have had it save me vet bills before. My broodmare got a sarcoma on her lip and I had planned on getting it removed but since her immune system was so well taken care of thanks to her feed, it actually went away all by its self in about 2 months, and those do rarley but can go away by them selves I read up on it. Also many vets feed it to horses that frequently colic because it is so easy to digest which I have a grain robber of a horse and has broke into the barn on several accounts and has never coliced since we fed Strategy. Like I said I have just had it save my rear many times so that is what I recomend when someone asks and I am glad to tell them about it.
I'm sorry I was rather vague. I haven't got a horse now, but plan to get a couple within the next few years after we move to the outskirts of phoenix. I want an arabian, my husband a qh. They would be used strictly for trail. The ground out here is dirt. The hay available seems to be alfalfa. I am concerned about colic. In my line of work I get a lot of after hours calls on it each day, and that is just for one office.
Give a horse lots of sweet feed and your offering it a condition called foundered. This is deadly to a horse. I do not give my horse any supplements at all. She was 3 when I got her and that was 9 years ago. I try to stick to 70-30 or 60-40. When I have to get alfalfa bales I hunt for grass. I never give her straigh alfalfa. She is healthy, happy and spoiled rotten.
Every horse owner should understand a horse's needs and what affects those needs. The four basic nutrient groupsócarbohydrates, protein, minerals and vitaminsóare all required in varying amounts by horses for maintenance (horse at rest), work (riding), pregnancy, lactation, and growth.
The best source of horse nutrition information is the National Research Council. The council's recommended requirements are the studied judgments of a committee of respected horse nutritionists. The recommendations in this bulletin are based on information provided through the National Research Council.
Horse owners use several guidelines to determine how much feed and what kind of feed their horses need. It may be so many flakes of hay or scoops of grain per horse; it may be a particular ratio of hay to grain, or it may be a percent of a certain nutrient in the grain ration. For vitamins, horse owners figure so many units per horse daily or so many units per pound of grain. Minerals are provided as a percent of the total diet or grain mix, and energy is provided as pounds of total digestible nutrients (TDN) or calories per head daily. When horse owners think of protein, it's so many pounds per head daily or a percent of the grain ration.
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OMG! Masterid is not only an expert on catfood...but an expert on horses, as well!!! How lucky we are to have you here where you can cut and paste links (God forbid you actually use your own words) and provide that link for all to purchase your food of choice. How long till we see you post a link to dog food? Rabbit food? Ferret food?
I have owned/leased all kinds of horses in my 32yrs. Everyone was different. I always feed them sweet feed, although I had a Tenn walker they didn't even require feed, just grass and hay in the winter. No shoes either, talk about an easy keeper. I lived in Md, so they hay and grass was plentiful. I was told by a friend that there is a supplement for horses who are raised where sand colic is in issue. It is supposed to help pass the sand through the system. You should do a search for it, I can not remember what it is called. I also rarly fed strait alfalfa (sp?), I found it to rich for most of the horses I had. A mix of grass hay, and alfalfa was great for me. Again, every horse is different. Good luck, and I wish I could have a horse again.
I have an arab and a qh, both about 1000 pounds. They each get 15 pounds of grass hay a day (split into 3 meals) and the qh gets 1 coffee can of grain, the arab 1 yogurt cup of dried beet pulp 2 times daily. (My arab is insulin resistant which is why she doesn't get any grain.) Now during the summer months when they have pasture they do not get any hay, unless we have a drought and there is no pasture. As far as supplements I provide loose minerals in a separate container and a salt block.
just feed your horses plain grain and make sure you are prepared for how hyper araibians are!...anyway you could call around and see if anyone knows of anyone who bales hay and you could have it delivered....or you could bale your own but that cost a lot of money....but it depends....i dont have my horses on any supplements and they are perfectly fine! but you can get a variety of grains........the best is molasses coated grain..my horses love it! it has corn and oats and a very good flavor that again my horses have always loved...but it can get a little pricey sometimes....unless you are dedicated you shopuld just stick to graining them one oe two times a day...that should keep them happy and make sure you have plenty of water so they dont get dehydrated ESPECIALLY IN PHOENIX!