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Equus123

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Equus123 says:

Feeding worries!

Hello everyone,

I am not yet lucky enough to own my own horse, but I am hoping to get one in the future. I am trying to know and understand all there is to caring for a horse properly so I can give him the happiest and healthiest life possible without rushing into horse ownership and then thinking 'oh my gosh, what have I got myself into'!!!!!!!! I have a question about feeding, this is the one thing which I really don't understand! I am unsure as to how much hard feed a horse should get and how many nets (and the size of nets) per day (and at what times to give them!!!)

As an exmple, I plan to get a 16hh on daily schooling and hacking and popping jumps. In on a night. What would be the correct amount of feed for him?

Thankyou so much, sorry its such a simple question that i don't understand!!!!

 

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Feeding worries!

When you are ready to buy a horse the easiest way to get the feed right is ask the current owner who you are buying from what and how much they feed the horse.

A horse of around 16hh would need around 4-5 slices of hay in a net to get through the night, if they are staying in during the day then around the same again to get through the day, obviously if it starts to get fat then cut back a bit if it starts to get thin then upit a bit. It really depends on the breed and if they are a good doer or not.

My 16.1hh irish sports horse has 5 slices of hay a night split between 2 nets as i go back down at around 10 oclock and give them there night nets and take out poos, but my horses are kept at home. He has 2 in a net around 4.30 and then 3 around 10 and that keeps him looking well along with his feeds.

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Equus123

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Equus123 says:

Re: Feeding worries!

Thankyou for your advice! x

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Feeding worries!

Please don't forget water as they can not all do and its also what you feed a horse can drink up to 14 gallons a day of water, the buckets also need to be kept clean, auto fill for fields is ok but in a stable it enables you to closely monitor te amount drunk, too little or too much so can pick up problems. Congratulations on wanting to join us paranoid  lot of owners, after a time you get to know your horse and develop this feeling in the stomach which you go with.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Feeding worries!

I agree with Micki on this one, start off feeding the horse what they are being fed by their previous owner and then make any changes as necessary depending on your horses needs. Every horse is massively different with their feeding requirements based on how well they hold weight through each season, their workload, their energy levels and ability to cope with certain feed types, their age and size. My old TB 16.1hh, approx 590kg pretty much ate me out of house and home, 2 large hard feeds a day consisting of mix, barley, sugar beet and dengie original plus a hoof supplement and a lot of hay through the winter. Coco is an Irish Draft X 16.3hh and approx 630kg and he eats about the same as a 13hh pony! He literally has Dengie lite and a handful of cool mix (anything more used to make him stressy and spooky, now he is a bit older he can cope with more mix but it just makes him fat!) and after speaking to the feed companies dieticians they all said a horse his size should be on quadruple what he is actually on, so I also feed him a broad spectrum supplement to ensure he is getting all his vits and minerals.   Coco lives out 24/7 and in the winter has approx 3 - 4 slices of hay a day, when the snow hit last year I was giving him a bale a day (haf in the morning and half at night) as he couldn't get to any of the grass and after 2 weeks I realised how fat he was becoming and slapped myself for being such a softee and put him back on rations! 

 

The only real tip I can give you is keep it simple to start off with, horses have very sensitive digestions and I do think many people over complicate it. Ideally their diet should be fibre/forage based and if you feel you horse needs more energy, weight, vits and minerals or specialist requirements such as supplements then you can look into additional feedstuffs and there is tonnes of advice out there from the feed companies nutritionists, feed merchants and shops, freinds and forums like this. None of us know it all, we just figure it out as we go and a lot of it is down to trial and error!   

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