My 13-year-old Miniature Horse gelding eats a diet consisting primarily of timothy, plus an hour or so of grazing each day during the growing season. He receives about 3 lb (1.4 kg) of timothy hay and 1 lb (0.45 kg) of soaked timothy pellets daily. He weighs about 300 lb (136 kg) and is exercised lightly twice a week. He also have a mineral salt block. Right now, he’s moderately fleshy, a score of 6 on the body condition scale, so I know he needs to lose weight. Would I.R. Pellet be appropriate for my gelding and, if so, how much should I feed?
My 17-hand (172-cm) Hanoverian gelding, Potash, weighs about 1,000 lb (450 kg), and he looks far too skinny. He’d be a score of 3 on the body condition scorecard. His current ration includes grass during 23 hours of turnout, one flake of grass hay, 8 lb (3.6 kg) of a low-starch concentrate, 2/3 cup (5-6 oz) of corn oil, 1 cup flaxseed, electrolytes, and a joint supplement. His hooves are brittle, but his coat looks amazing. Potash is a hard-working horse, showing every weekend with only one day off a week.
I recently switched my cattle feed to a medicated formula that contains monensin. Though my horses and cattle are fed separately, the horses have access to the empty cattle troughs after feeding. Today, I found my horses licking the cattle trough, and I panicked. How can I make sure my horses didn’t ingest any monensin? What steps should I take next?
I own an 18-year-old gelding that is kept primarily in a stall and small run. I ride only on the weekends. I feed him 20 lb (9 kg) of fortified forage pellets each day, divided into two meals. He seems to stay the same weight at all times, no matter the season. Is this too much feed, though?
My 16-hand (163-cm) Anglo-Arabian is in good weight for his sport, just below optimal body condition. He’s in training year-round for competitive endurance riding, working towards 100-mile rides. He’s fed 2 lb (0.9 kg) of senior feed, 1 lb (0.45 kg) unmolassed beet pulp pellets, 0.5 lb (0.23 kg) whole flaxseed, 1 lb (0.45 kg) timothy pellets, one flake (3 lb, 1.4 kg) of quality hay, and free grazing. He was diagnosed with insulin resistance and hypothyroidism two years ago, but we manage that with diet control and exercise. Other than this, his health seems fine except for some hoof issues. He’s been a bit lackluster under saddle lately. I am worried about his electrolyte balance as we begin to step up the distance. I use a combination of electrolyte and homemade lipid-coated salt, but I would like to know more about calcium, magnesium, and selenium in relation to our region and supplementation.
I own a 13-month-old filly, Millie, that’s in moderate weight. I am moving her to a farm closer to me that has better pasture than she has now, and she will be turned out all day, every day. With this change in pasture, what’s the best feed for her? Right now, Millie receives about 8 quarts of a “breeding feed,” which is intended for young horses as well as broodmares. The pasture she’s currently on is mediocre at best, so she’s also given as much orchardgrass/alfalfa (lucerne) hay as she wants. Maybe free-choice mineral is the way to supplement pasture? What’s your advice?
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