what do you feed your horses


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The main reason I add chaff is to slow my horses down and so they have to give everything a good chew, thus producing saliva which is needed in their digestion.


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I have a 10 year old Arab x Welsh in moderate work. He gets the below split in to two meals plus about 10 hours grazing per day:

2kg Wheaten chaff
250g TDI Competition Pellets
70g Palomino Gold Minerals
Meadow Hay


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All of mine are fed the same feed, I just alter the ratios as required. I feed oats (up to 3kg a day), meadow hay - adlib, pasture and vit/mins. I keep it simple because there is not need to complicate it ..... they look great!! :)


As I mentioned earlier, mine all get feeds which are 75% roughage and 25% concentrate or thereabouts. The roughage is mainly meadow hay but they do get chaff as well. The chaff is mixed with their concentrate to encourage chewing and to increase saliva production.

Mine all eat their "hard feed" first and then just veg out for a while before tackling their hay so the addition of chaff means they don't stand around digesting nothing but grain/pellets. I'm sure it's better for their digestive systems to have roughage in the stomach as well.



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My 21 month w/blood gelding only gets fed once a day (is about 1/3 of a big white bucket):

400g lucernce chaff
250g grower weaner
300g Oats
150g flaked lupins
Cell Grow
2 biscuits hay (4kg??)

He definitely doesn't need anymore (body condition moderate - 5), diet is balanced on feedxl and only costs $25/week :)


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All the same, I am caucious about feeding her anything that might be ulcer flaring, hence no raw grains, no added salt (the pellets have enough and I give her electrolites), no garlic, and I stopped the sweet chaff as I was concerned that it was the hulls of oats, which are a no no for windsuckers. Do you know if the sweet chaff would be a problem for an ulcer sufferer?
hrm, i haven't thought about it. im so paranoid about sand colic, i figured the sweet chaff to be essential?

why are the oat husks a no-no?

should i cut back the salt too? do you think keeping him on equimin is okay? i did stop both for the first week of the gastropel treatment


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so when i first got cricket she was being hard fed twice a day
now she is only getting one and adlib hay
250grams Falked Barley ( soaked)
Groom 500 grams
250 grams full fat soya
canola oil
nutrice stud grower 500 grams
studmaster 700 grams and 1.5 kilos of shandy chaff
the reason why cricket gets so much bulk is when i first got her she like to eat sand
but after 2 drenchings and always being full i am glad to say she doesnt eat sand any more
she also gets garlic,brewers yeast and salt
and i have put her diet through feed xl and it says it perfect for her age, and her work load :)


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What do you guys feed your young fat horses?
I have a very overweight young pony breed. She is locked in a Jenny Craig paddock (still a large paddock and still has pick but not a huge amount) and gets soaked hay. Plus about a cup of lucerne chaff with her vitamins and minerals. I only worry because she is young that she isn't Getting what she needs. But she gains weight at the drop of a hat :eek: and still has lots to lose.

So Asha - rising 2 welsh D - no work - except walks around the property
Soaked hay
1 cup Lucerne hay

Jack - rising 4 cb x tb - good doer - no work
24 hour grazing on very green grassy paddock
1 biscuit of hay
1 h/l scoop oaten chaff
2 cups crushed barley
1 scoop equimin


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Hey CMBR @)

As much as I love Equimin I did some research on it and it doesnt contain the needed amino acids required for growing horses. I use Equimin for Stan but for Murphy who is 3 I use Vitafit studmix which is roughly the same in cost etc and has all the amino acids needed for a growing pony.

Murph as you know is young and puts on weight at the drop of a hat, the paddock he is in is pretty good at the moment so he is mainly on pasture, meadow hay and then at night a handful of copra and lupins with his vitamins in, the only reason he really gets the night feed is for the vitamins. Copra (nice for his coat) and lupins for protein needed for growing muscles etc.

What you are giving her sounds perfect, a handful of lucerne gives her a little protein and something to put her vitamins in but I wouldnt give her more then that, can you feed meadow hay? it's a little less fattening and then you wouldnt have to soak the sugars out of it.:)

I know it's hard as you cant let them get too fat but isnt it awesome to have this problem rather then trying to shovel food into a thin horse.


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I usually have the opposite issue - keeping weight ON. Currently my gelding is fat and my filly is... acceptable but a little light.

Monty is an Anglo Arab, 17yo, and ridden sporadically... some weeks he's ridden every single day, other weeks he's left in the paddock. At present he's fat on grass but has just started being fed for show condition, and he's getting ~400g oaten chaff and 2-3kg of weanling pellets, plus suppliments, sunflower seeds, and yeast.

Magic is a TB, 2yo and unbroken. She's on ~800g of oaten chaff and 2-3kg of weanling pellets, plus suppliments, sunflower seeds, yeast, and sulfur (sulfur to help her kick rain scald and thrush).

I don't feed a lot of chaff because my horses are in a paddock 24/7 and when there isn't quite so much grass (knee high ALL through our paddocks!) they have free access to a hay roll. I figure they get plenty of roughage as is, and chaff is just chopped up hay, which IS roughage. The pellets are the real "value" feed.

Both my horses have quite high protein requirements, Magic because she's a growing TB and Monty because... well, I don't actually know! All I know is he keeps his muscle and condition much better on very high protein levels. So high protein, high energy feeds like weanling pellets are ideal.

Soon I will be adding alka pellets to Magic's feed to try to improve how she does off what she gets... alka pellets re-establish the proper PH levels of the hindgut and with that comes a higher population of the correct gut flora.

Hi, worth trying Blue Chip Feed balancers, there is no need for all this, just feed the BC product and fibre, can even drop back on hard feed. That is what I have done. Used this in the UK, so glad they have arrived in OZ and based in Perth too...


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All the horses get fed different amounts of the following:

Lucerne Chaff
Pony Maintenance Cubes
Oaten Chaff
Mortons Top Performer
Soaked Lupins
Sunflowers seeds
Oaten Hay
Barastoc Mineral Block

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Punch gets

1-2Kg Prydes Easi Result
2Kg Oaten Chaff
1Kg Lucerne Chaff
3-4 x biscuits of Hay and hes on a grass paddock
Hes also got a mineral lick in his feed bin

Thats split into 3 feeds (hay at lunch). Hes in great shape and everyone that sees him comments on how well he looks and the condition of his coat. Hes a 15.2HH Quarter horse 12 year old gelding roughly 570Kg. Hes the heavier type so have to keep him a little rounder so he looks balenced, when hes leaner he looks strange. He had to get his feed reduced as hes putting on too much weight so has had Mill Mix cut out and his chaff reduced.
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I have 2 TB geldings, both over 16.2hh - One is 9 the other is 14.
They get the following per day (split into two feeds)

Oaten Chaff
Lucerne Chaff
AV Pellets
Mitavite Economix
Alka Pellets
Chia Seeds
Mineral salts
Good quality meadow hay
And carrots of course ;)

They are both shiny, dappled, healthy, happy and look great! :D


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Hard feed once a day, dinner time 1 scoop of Sweet Chaff and a tiny cup of Hygain showtorque.

she is on meadow hay roll for about 6/7 hours during the day.


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Rahni and Gracie just get hay and 24/7 grazing.

Monica and Whiskey (mare and foal) get lucerne, oaten chaff, weaner and grower pellets, crushed barley, dolomite, 10hrs a day access to belly deep grass, and ad lib hay at night (Whiskey has taken to using mum's hay as a toilet! Silly bugger)

All was on vet recommendations, and when the vet was here yesterday, she said that Monica and Whiskey are in great condition **)


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... Their feed is 2% of their bodyweight per day and 75% of that feed is made up of hay and chaff (roughage). Their concentrate portion (25% of the total feed each day) depends on their age and their workload.

Bunnies, I'm sure if I had a look I would find that this information is plastered all over the web. However I haven't looked, so this bit of information from you has been a brilliant eye opener for me!

I actually sat down and worked out what my boy should be fed based on that information and I am much much happier with what I have come up with for him!

The below isn't perfectly 'spot on' (he is still deliberately fed slightly under the calculated 'optimum') however it is far more 'accurate' than it was in the past. And he is pretty chuffed too!

2 x Scoop Oaten Chaff (800g)
1 x Scoop Lucerne Chaff (400g)
2 cup Lupins (340g)
4 cup Gumnuts (580g)
1 cup Copra (155g)

3 x Scoop Oaten Chaff (1.2kg)
1 x Scoop Lucerne Chaff (400g)
3 cup Lupins (510g)
4 cup Gumnuts (580g )
1 cup Copra (155g)
Big Handful of Sliced Carrots

+ Bag Supplements to PM Feed only :
1 Cup Chamomile
2 yellow scoop Biotin
2 yellow scoop Minerals
1 yellow scoop Glucosamine
1 yellow scoop Electrolytes

Free access to Oaten Hay in holder (he eats approx 3-4kg per day + pasture)

* 1 metric cup Gumnuts = 140g, 1 cup Lupins = 170g, 1 cup Copra = 155g, 1 x lge blue scoop chaff = 400g

Rev = 500kg.
2% feed body weight = 10kg
75% roughage = 7.5kg
25% concentrates = 2.5kg

So thanks for posting it! :))

ETA: Hmmm... long post - back to the OCD Thread for me! :eek: *#)
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Thanks JJ, I'm glad you found it useful :)

The ratio of roughage (75%) to concentrate (25%) is based on old fashioned, traditional feeding methods and I see no reason to do anything different.


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Thanks JJ, I'm glad you found it useful :)

The ratio of roughage (75%) to concentrate (25%) is based on old fashioned, traditional feeding methods and I see no reason to do anything different.

That's how I feed as well! **)


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Well I have been through no end of trouble lately with feeds!

Earlier this year and in work one of my horses got once a day

5 Litre chaff (half a 10L bucket)
1.5kg Grotorque
1 cup (dry weight) copra OR Full Fat Soy
Aussie Sport Minerals
Hygain Regain electrolytes
Apple Cider Vinegar
60 ML John Kohnke Energy Gold

My mare gets the same, but no ACV, and gets Hygain Allrounder instead of Grotorque. Both horses get ad lib pasture, as pasture gets sparse at the end of the dry I add a couple of biscuits of hay morning and night.

THEN as workload decreased I removed the copra and both horses got Allrounder. I also tried some Johnsons pellets as my horse was getting very itchy and these had all sorts of Happy herbs.....until DISASTER.

My good horse came down with colic last week and after bloods, and discussing with vet we have decided that too much protein in his diet is causing him to process his feed too long which in turn causes him to overheat.

So now his diet consists of:

1.5kg MicrBarley
800g Trugain or Equi-jewel whatever I can get my hands on.
Aussie Sport
A course of Activ8
Hygain Regain
60mL Energy Gold Oil

this is to try and balance his levels and boost his immune system, as well as provide food that will not cause him to overheat. After 3 days on this diet he was like a different horse! No longer standing under his fan moping in the stable but actually happy and perky again!

We are going back for blood tests in a month so fingers crossed this works out!
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