I think I need to change my feeding program and here's why I think that -
Right now both my 4 year old MFT and my soon to be yearling are on SafeChoice by Nutrena. My barn owner uses plastic coffee cans to measure out feed. One can is 39oz (2lbs 7oz) and the other can is 34.5 oz (2lbs 2.5oz)
Using the 39oz can I weighted a whole can of Safe Choice which comes out to be 4lbs 1oz (using a plastic sack and a scale that you weigh fish with) - I believe my barn owner is giving Chief 3/4 of a can, I weighted what I thought 3/4 of a can was and it comes out to be 2lbs and 7oz. I've taken him off of pasture and he's only getting grain and hay - my barn owner gives him his morning feedings, if I work him I give him a little extra grain and hay. And I think he has lost a little bit of weight. On the bag of Safe Choice it says Light Exercise 0.50 to 0.75 which I think right now what I am doing with him I would consider light exercie.
OH - and I do have Empower mixed in with the Safe Choice which I find out today that that's bad for Chief considering that he needs to loose weight....so that's why if I do give him grain at night with out a workout it's a tiny bit. I know I goofed....
Now on to Scout - he will turn a year at the end of this month. I don't think he's getting what he needs - I can see his spine and he's really thin on top of his ribs. I believe that the barn owner is giving him a full can of grain in the morning, not sure if he's getting hay in the mornings or not but he does have pasture 24/7 and I have been giving him extra at night at least 1lb if not.
Here's what I'm thinking:
Keep Chief on SafeChoice - keep him off of pasture, give him grain/hay in the morning.... and give him a tiny bit in the evening and hay - a little more if he's worked. But I think I'm going to work him regardless of weather, I need to ride him more often even if it's at a walk. Do you agree???
Scout, take him off of Safe Choice - my other horse forums are saying that I need to put both of them on Enrich 32 by Purina http://www.horse.purinamills.com/products/Enrich32.asp-
my feed store owner said that if I do that then I need to stress to my barn owner that it needs to be measured out and no more then what the bag recommends for growing horses.... The protein levels and the Lysine levels is what my growing colt needs right now - or I could put him on Omolene #200 which is for growing horses from yearlings to mature horses http://www.horse.purinamills.com/produc ... ne_200.asp
Tell me what you think???
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