Young horse Diets

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  • lindsey_hames Original Poster
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    I have questions on a proper diet for my now 10 month old quarter horse colt. This is my first time raising my own baby and I am a overly nervous mother right now. I have been reading like crazy on diets for the young horses and I am a bit overwhelmed. I have heard so many perspectives on correct feeding that I am not enjoying being able to raise this baby because I am just worrying way too much.
    As of now I am feeding him Buckeye Gro n’ Win feed and alfalfa flakes daily. What I am worried about is whether I am supporting healthy growth or if I am making him grow too fast. Any advice, suggestions, or should I keep on with the track I am on?

    lindsey_hames Original Poster
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    Also, which is better? I had an alfalfa that was very leafy and now they have started providing a stemier alfalfa as well…

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I’d compare various feeds, to see which has the best ratio of what he needs. As for the hay, if you aren’t happy with the quality, you could also include hay cubes, pellets or chopped hay in his diet. I’m not really a fan of too much alfalfa, but that is just me.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Kaifyre Kaifyre
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    Personally I think slow, steady growth is better than sprouting up like a weed in the space of 6 weeks. The cutting horse trainer I worked for several years ago fed all of his babies under 4 years free choice grass hay and a little bit of alfalfa (I think it was 2 flakes?) in the evenings. They spent their 2 year old year in light work so only received beet pulp and some whole grain when they were underweight. 3 year olds were worked a bit harder so were on Purina Strategy full time with added beet pulp if they lost weight (which didn’t happen more than once the entire 4 years I worked for him). All of his horses looked great, nice shiny coats, lovely muscle, and the babies grew up steadily with good weight on them.
    I bought an underweight, wormy 2 year old last fall and in the time since he’s gained just over 100 pounds and filled out nicely on about 3/4 lb of Omolene 200 and 1/2 lb of Amplify, plus free choice grass hay. : )
    Hope this helps,

    –Kai

    I call you Far Rider, not for your races and your fine pony, but because you are one who rides far from himself, and wishes not to look home.

    Kaifyre Kaifyre
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    I like the Purina products. They have a calculator on their web site to help you choose something for a horse x years old at y weight under z amount of work. Very helpful.

    –Kai

    I call you Far Rider, not for your races and your fine pony, but because you are one who rides far from himself, and wishes not to look home.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    Alfalfa can cause chemical imbalances for young horses. A young horse needs a good grass mix hay with a high protein feed.

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