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i have a off track Thoroughbred and an Arabian my ottb has been jumping for years andis doing well he get two scoops of sweet feed 10% protein and get a joint sup and then 3 flakes hay twice a day and is out on pasture. my arabian is just on pasture and get a scoop of feed when get a chance to work him. i getting ready to put him into full training soon but want to make sure his feed is up to date with what im doing. what is a good feed to be feeding him? and if there would be anything better for my ottb please help me?!

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Sweet feed isn't generally considered a quality feed... it is high in sugar for starters. However, in order to get a better idea of how much your horse is eating, we would need to know how much your scoop holds. :smilie:

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I agree, sweet feed is like giving a horse, candy.

You give 2 scoops twice daily, of sweet feed? Or do you just give the hay twice a day?

If you're giving that much sweet feed, that's way too much......even 2 scoops a day, IMO, is too much.

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Agree.

Feed a balanced diet, starting with good forage. and free choice minerals. If he needs more calories than what the forage provides, there is a much better way to supplement calories then with sweet feed

You can add cool calories and beet pulp and even some hot calories, if your horse is not IR, in the form of oats without that added sugar

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Agree.

free choice minerals.

I have often wondered about feeding minerals. My guy get a scoop morning and night of a low fiber processed food supplied by the barn but other then a little salt thrown into the mix and two blocks of iodized salt in his stall he gets no minerals. Tried mineral blocks but he doesn't touch them. should I be adding a mineral to his diet?? A powder that gets mixed in with the grain??

Some horses eat poop? Is that a sign of mineral deficiency?? Seen them eating mud as well???

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I have often wondered about feeding minerals. My guy get a scoop morning and night of a low fiber processed food supplied by the barn but other then a little salt thrown into the mix and two blocks of iodized salt in his stall he gets no minerals. Tried mineral blocks but he doesn't touch them. should I be adding a mineral to his diet?? A powder that gets mixed in with the grain??

Some horses eat poop? Is that a sign of mineral deficiency?? Seen them eating mud as well???

Those things can be a sign of mineral deficiency.

Yes, horses should have some source of free choice minerals available to them, or you can add some to the feed.

Wild horses were able to roam and find mineral licks, or even to seek out a greater variety of plants to meet their mineral needs

Even when we ride out west, we can see where mountain sheep come down to a mineral lick

What type of mineral block were you using?

Even a trace mineral block would be better than nothing. They are mainly salt, so if I was using only a salt block, I would be using the brown block, which has at least trace minerals

Red, only have iodine added and the blue has iodine plus cobalt White is plain salt

Have you tried loose minerals? Mine love them

Don't know what you have available, but good hoof supplements, like Farrier's Formula have balanced minerals that benefit not just the hooves but the entire body

Hoffmans, is a good mineral mix for horses

Here is alink

http://www.hoffmanshorseminerals.com/

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DR, I have always thought that when a horse eats poop, it's a sign that he needs a probiotic for digestion. I have no proof that that is the case though.

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