Advice Feeding a 3 y/o

Zephyr03

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Hi :)

My new horse is due to arrive on Friday (just a little bit excited!) and Im currently deliberating what feed to put her on...she has just turned 3 and will be out 24/7....whilst she has already been lightly backed and hacked :eek:I don't feel this has been done correctly and so will be going back to basics with lots of ground work over the summer months eventually rebacking her with some gradual walk hacks before turning her out for winter ready for professional breaking when she's rising 4, so she won't be in work as such. She's exceptionally slender right now and looking slightly worse for wear (poor coat etc), so I'm wanting to make sure she's getting the correct feed/supplements for her needs, not just filling her with empty cr@p! Would love some thoughts/advice please as I'm used to my old mare who was a completely different ball game entirely! Thank you:)
 

windand rain

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Alfalfa, linseed and good grass keep her warm but not hot and turn her away until she grows up. Alfalfa and linseed are good sources of calcium, protein and calories without a lot of carbs and sugars
 

soloequestrian

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I use this page to calculate requirements https://nrc88.nas.edu/nrh/, for minerals more than energy/protein but you could use that facility too for a new horse. I actually feed ad lib forage (grass or haylage) with a small hard feed of Fast Fibre and oats to carry the minerals once per day. Pro-mineral from Progressive Earth pretty much fits my mineral requirements (having had a forage analysis done a few years ago). This has suited my youngster (now 5, had her since 6 months) and my old guys too.
 

ycbm

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You sound like a super owner, and she's fallen on her feet with you, whatever you feed her.

One of mine was three last year in a similar amount of work as you are planning. I fed him only enough Spillers Speedy Mash as was needed to get him to eat the minerals he needs because my land is so high in iron and magnesium, about 300g a day.
 
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