Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spotted Dressage: Feed Blog Hop

This topic was something I had wanted to blog about, but never got around to it - so I am glad Alaina at Spotted Dressage decided to make it into a hop and I'm glad I finally had a chance to sit down and write about something!

While my area has been experiencing Second Winter and Massive Amounts of Rain, I've been unable to do much with my herd, which is disappointing. When the weather dissipates a bit and the roads become haul-worthy, I'll be heading out for more lessons but for now, we are ka-put.

What the fuck, Winter?!
And as such, a blog hop is the perfect way to combat another set of winter blues.

I will preface by saying I don't feed any crazy supplements or extras, simply because: I like to keep things as simple as possible and I like using ingredients in their basic form.

I do tend to mix and mash some things around depending on how the horse is doing and what type of work they are in. For example, I keep my larger horses on alfalfa because I feel as though alfalfa is necessary for them, whereas for Spud it could be detrimental (hence the reason I do not feed alfalfa hay). Right now, Annie is on quite a bit of things simply to help bulk her up a bit more, but I'll move things around as necessary when we level out more.

This was the best decision ever.
It cost about $150 to make and it is amazing.
Also note, because I self-board, I am responsible for all of my horse's care which is one of the main reasons I switched to round bales - so they could have 24/7 access even if I was late or unable to make it due to work or personal life. When I was in the hospital, the round bale was a blessing in disguise since I literally only had to ask the boyfriend to run out and go check them for me instead of worrying he would under or over feed. In that same token, I don't necessarily grain my horses every day - it is typically 4-5x a week.

Suzie doing her favorite thing - eating.
Suzie - 23 year old Quarter Horse mare
  • 24/7 access to timothy/orchard/brome mix hay
  • 24/7 access to mineral and salt licks
  • 2lbs of alfalfa pellets
  • 1 cup dr reeds minerals

She is the slowest fucking eater in the entire WORLD.
Annie - 4 year old Appendix mare
  • 24/7 access to timothy/orchard/brome mix hay
  • 24/7 access to mineral and salt licks
  • 3-4lbs alfalfa pellets
  • 2lbs beet pulp
  • 1 cup Dr Reeds minerals
  • 1 cup virgin olive oil
*We just started this regime, as I slowly wanted to introduce her to the grain.*

And none for you, Gretchen Weiners.
Spud - 7 year old Miniature gelding
  • 24/7 access to timothy/orchard/brome hay mix
  • 24/7 access to mineral and salt licks
  • 1/4 cup of Dr Reeds minerals 
*Come Spring, he will have his grazing muzzle back on. I tend to leave it off during the Winter months because I like him having the ability to eat and not get cold*

This is a small look into what I feed and why, which may change depending on a variety of things.

10 comments:

  1. Your horses look good so what you're doing is definitely working for them! I love the photo of Spud- he looks like he's saying "I hate you right now"

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    1. Thank you!

      Haha yes, I am sure that is what he really is saying too!!

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  2. Yay, thanks!! Love that picture of Suzie's gorgeous summer coat <3

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    1. She is pretty gorgeous with a sleek coat :)

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  3. I love hearing about what other people feed to their horses! I'm curious about the Dr. Reed's...

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    1. Me too!

      The Dr Reeds is pretty prevalent in my area since it was a mineral mix formulated for horses in this region.

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  4. How does Spud's weight do with 24/7 hay access?

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    1. He actually doesn't do too bad - he isn't a huge glutton on the round bale which is really nice. He prefers to nibble on the sprigs of grass that pop up in the spring than eat from the nibble net.

      He does get pretty pudgy in the Winter, but this is primarily due to the fact I don't exercise any of my horses when the snow flies and it is unsafe on the roads.

      Come Spring, he'll go back in a grazing muzzle since we do get a bit of grass in the back paddock and I'd prefer he not be able to gorge himself on that.

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  5. I also do rounds with 24/7 access. I absolutely love the fact that I don't have to worry about them when I'm late or go away for a weekend (someone always checks them, but just to make sure everyone is still standing)

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    1. Same!
      A lot of my barn time was spent making up hay nets before I had the round bale feeder and nibble net. There has been a time or two where I have just stuffed square bales in the round bale feeder and net and it works just as well. Makes things so much easier!

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