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Date Posted: 11:43:00 04/20/09 Mon
Author: GC
Subject: Feed
In reply to: Brigitte 's message, "FEED ISSUE" on 14:59:54 04/17/09 Fri

http://www.elevationfriesians.com/style/InfoFiles/FriesianCare.doc

Please see the "Diet" section in the above link to "The Care and Feeding of Friesians" by Leeandra Brode. Keep in mind that horses need forage in amounts of 1.5% to 3% of their body weight daily to maintain current weight, depending on the individual metabolism and the amount of activity. For example, just 1.5% of a 1500-pound horse is 22.5 pounds of forage a day and 2% is 30 pounds of forage. Unless you have very consistent flakes of hay, you may want to consider weighing the flakes to see how many pounds your horse is really getting. Does he have a good appetite? If not, that would be very un-Friesian-like and a talk with the vet would definitely be in order. Maybe free-choice grass hay would be something to try. Please don't get him started on sweet feed, though. It can cause health and behavior problems in the future and is just not necessary. Familiarize yourself with NSCs (nonstructural carbohydrates) like starch and sugar and you will find that Friesians will do better without them. Giving a couple of cups of oil a day may be another thing to try. It's good that you are doing your own research - trainers don't know always know the right answers. Best wishes to you and your horse!

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