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horse feed

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 2:16 pm
by Moocow11
What kind of horse feed should i feed. i have 3 horses (2 mares and one 26 year old gelding). that i am getting ready for a show that is on july 14. i have a billy allen and a purina horse feed dealers here.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:18 pm
by DrumRunner728
Moo, the needs of the two mares will depend on their ages and what you are using them for. Since you have a Purina dealer in your area, I would recommend Purina Equine Senior for the 26-year old gelding. It's made for the special needs of senior horses and it's easy for them to chew and digest. Good luck!

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:45 pm
by Moocow11
the two mares. one mare is a 3 year old quarter horse. she will be used for trail, roping, sliding, cutting, showmanship. the other horse is a 8-9 year old throughobred x quarter horse. she will be used for the same thing, but also she will be used for poles, barrels, halter and the ultimate mare

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:50 pm
by cattleluvr18
DrumRunner728 wrote:It's made for the special needs of senior horses and it's easy for them to chew and digest. Good luck!

then maybe you wouldnt have to soak that arabians feed. :lol2:

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:55 pm
by DrumRunner728
Sorry, cattleluvr - you lost me on that one. :roll:

Moo - If it were me, I would start both mares on a good quality sweetfeed. Probably no more than a 12% protein to start until you are using/riding them regularly. Too much protein in a horse that isn't getting enough exercise can make a horse hot. Be especially careful with the Thoroughbred cross - sometimes that Thoroughbred blood makes them hot enough without any increased protein. Once you start competing on her in barrels and poles, you'll be a better judge of whether you need to increase her protein level. If you do that, Omolene 200 or Omolene (also made by Purina) would be a good place to start.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 4:56 pm
by Moocow11
we tried the senior feed from purina on the arabian and the 26 year old gelding and i didnt think they ate it very well. they eat normal feed even better and it dosen't cost as much

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 5:06 pm
by DrumRunner728
I agree that the Purina feeds are pricey, but they are quality products. If the 26 year old is eating the regular feed and maintaining good body weight, then continue doing what you're doing. If, however, he doesn't maintain his weight or starts to lose weight, it could be because he isn't digesting the regular feed in the proper manner. That's what the senior feed is formulated for.

You might also try adding a little beet pulp to his feed. See the other thread on this board about beet pulp - just be sure to soak it first.

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 5:08 pm
by cattleluvr18
DrumRunner728 wrote:Sorry, cattleluvr - you lost me on that one. :roll:


sorry i was talkin to "moo"/karlton

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 5:23 pm
by DrumRunner728
Gotcha!! :D

Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 11:38 am
by Moocow11
i was planning on geeting some omolene 100 to feed to them, and put the gelding on it. they get rode almost every day and if they dont they are in a 300x400 pen

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 2:26 pm
by Hipy
Are they getting hay? Good quality hay is the most important part of their diet if they aren't on grass.

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:38 pm
by Moocow11
yes they get grass hay and a little alflafa every once in a while

Re: horse feed

Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:38 pm
by Raechelle
I have 10 horses all together ranging from yearlings to 17 year old and have Arabians Though beads paints and quarter The Billy Allen is a good feed but has a lot of corn in it and make my TBs hot and one just doesn’t digest it and he colic a lot on it. I have found the Seniorglow and Patriot Senior both work very well and I use it on for all of my horses. We also use equpride supplement made by sweetpro it has all the probiotics and other things to help them digest and absorb their food much better. For horses that are sensitive to corn Seniorglow is awesome. Both my TBs are hard keepers and they do better on this than the Purina Senior. Billy Allen 12% is very much like Omolene 100 which has a lot of sugars and corn in it could make TBs and Arabians hot and hard to handle. 6 out of the 10 horses I have are rescues and some have come back from being darn near dead. One thing also NEVER let a TB just sit most are high energy and need to work. My sister has a 22 year old Arabian 1 yearling and 2 quarter horses she uses the Billy Allen 1212 and all of her horses do very well on it.

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Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:44 pm
by TexasBred
Hipy wrote:Are they getting hay? Good quality hay is the most important part of their diet if they aren't on grass.

Most horses don't need anything more than green grass and/or hay. Too many load them up on hot feed and then all the do is lay around and get fat. We literally "love" them to death. Feed according to levels of activity. High protein is not needed ordinarily but energy certainly is so a good 10-12% crude protein with an elevated fat levels (6-8%) should work great for active mature horses.

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Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:19 pm
by chippie
TexasBred wrote:
Hipy wrote:Are they getting hay? Good quality hay is the most important part of their diet if they aren't on grass.

Most horses don't need anything more than green grass and/or hay. Too many load them up on hot feed and then all the do is lay around and get fat. We literally "love" them to death. Feed according to levels of activity. High protein is not needed ordinarily but energy certainly is so a good 10-12% crude protein with an elevated fat levels (6-8%) should work great for active mature horses.


Exactly.

Also, introduce feeds gradually and increase amounts gradually. If you can, stay away from sweet feed. Pellets or whole grain is healthier.

Have you been working them daily ?