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Old 05-20-2007, 09:28 AM  
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Feeding a yearling for growth and show

I know this has been addressed several times but I would like a couple of examples of feeding programs for a halter yearling. I have a coming yearling colt that I would like to show locally. He needs to bulking up and his coat needs more shine, he is still shedding his winter/baby coat. He is also a little on the small side. He was a late foal and won't turn a year old until the middle of next month. I have Nutrena, Dumoor, Purina, Platform, Safechoice and some Buckeye feeds available in my area. Right now he is on a 12% sweet feed and a grass mix hay. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:45 AM  
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I like the Nutrena Empower fat supplement. I will bulk and shine one. I have also used alfalfa pellets (rabbit feed). About a third of a scoop to a scoop of grain and had good results. It will give one more energy than the Empower though because you are adding protein rather than fat.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:10 PM  
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I have an andalusian filly that is 1 at the end of May. These horses don't bulk up like the stock horse breeds do. I am showing her in some local shows and then to our Canadian National Championship Show in the end of July. I started her in March and worked her up to what she is getting now. And I soak it becaues we will be away from home for 6 days and it is so hot in July I want her hydrated.
This is what I am feeding her. 2 times a day.
2-lbs of mixed oats and barley (almost a full scoup), 12 oz-1 lb of alfalfa cubes (again, almost a full scoup), 12 oz of beet pulp, 1 cup of BOSS and 1 cup of Natures Best mare and foal pellets. Plus all the grass hay she wants, I free feed it. She is gaining weight nicely and is not too fat. She is as sleek and shiny as ever. I am very happy with her gain. It has been slow and steady. This in not a quick fix. Also, I am working her 5 days a week. I pony her in the mountians.
Good luck on fitting your colt for showing.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:15 PM  
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You know, I had a paint filly who was about 6 months old when I got her... They had been feeding her Safe Choice, and she grew like a weed... She was 14.1hh at 7 months old when I measured, the dam was 15.1hh at 5 years old... She's pretty much huge now. I don't own her anymore, but I'm gonna guess she's about 15.2 at 1.3 years..
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:33 PM  
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I don't have much for Brand name grains available to me locally so I generally feed 2-3lbs of our sweet feed 2x day. It's a 11% corn, oats, alfalfa/mineral pellet mix with just enough molasses to knock the dust down but not enough to have a sticky gooey mess. I like to add a cup or two of Boss to each meal or a scoop of weight builder for the higher fat content. They're usually already on Source for vits/mins already so I keep up with that. I too like Empower or most any rice bran but I don't have any available close by so it's cheaper for me in the long run to feed the Boss.

For hay I try to feed at least a good 50/50 alf/orchard grass mix. If I can't get a mix then I feed a good sized flake of straight alfalfa 2x a day with a bit of a good timothy to keep them busy in between.

Besides that a good exercise program will help to build muscle instead of fat and good old fashioned elbow grease to really shine them up. Also keeping them out of the sun and dust will really help to keep the coat looking better. Either night time turnout only or turnout with a sheet/slinky on to prevent fading.
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:47 PM  
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Like I have mentioned before on here, I have a coming 1 year old Friesian filly. (She will be one on June 14, so she's a late baby as well). I have been feeding her since I got her back in September -
This is 2x a day:
2 lbs of Nutrena SafeChoice and about a 1/2 a cup of Omega Horseshine. She also gets free choice alfalfa grass mix hay, is stalled during the day and turned out at night.
She looks absolutely fantastic. She is extremely even throughout her entire body, and her goat has the best shine I think I've ever seen! I do of course add in a lot of brush time and elbow greese But, I say a big part of it is her diet. I would recommend the SafeChoice and Horseshine to anybody around!
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:10 PM  
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Fancy's Mom, I didn't want to highjack this post, so I posted pictures of my filly in Meet the horses.
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Old 05-20-2007, 09:13 PM  
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Reba4 - I posted pics of my 11 month old filly in General Horse Advice. It's called...Pictures!!! My 3/4 Friesian! Check out her growth and development...she's on SafeChoice and Horseshine.
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:10 AM  
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Adding alfalfa to the Safe choice and empower will really make the horse bloom IMO.
We sent our colt out to a halter trainer and aside from a daily wormer that was his regime.
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:54 AM  
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If I use alfalfa cubes instead of hay, how much would I feed in addition to his regular hay?
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:09 PM  
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Adding alfalfa to the Safe choice and empower will really make the horse bloom IMO.
We sent our colt out to a halter trainer and aside from a daily wormer that was his regime.
This is how we do it!!! This year we are going to try some DAC products for our young horses too.
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