Posted by PaulineW on Dec. 14, 2001
I feel like every time
I feed Lucy she's saying to herself,
"Oh God, not this old boring thing again" She
gets a scoop of Hi-Fi, some apples and carrots and her
supplements, but it just seems so boring.
Is there anything that I can add to it? She normally
loses a lot of weight around this time of year but she was
fatter than ever this summer and at the moment is probably how
I would like her to stay. She's also quite a wimp and
feels the cold a lot.
She is 12 and is ridden about once or twice a week but is
quite hyper so anything that would just add flavour, and bulk
it out a bit but not add energy or fat! Does such a feed
Posted by DunPony on Dec. 14, 2001
Have you tried sugar beet? You can get it unmollassed
so would not add extra sugar, but is a good warming, bulky
Posted by TF1 on Dec. 14, 2001
Don't forget that they're horses, not people, doubt they
care what it is. They don't need variety to keep them
interested (unless they're going off their food). Bit like
dogs who you feed the same day in day out!
Posted by Cookie on Dec. 14, 2001
I'd experiment with some other fruit and vegetables -
they'll add bulk, flavour and interest, especially if you
change them around fairly frequently.
Don't use sugar beet myself, but I have heard that some horses
can "fizz up" on it.
Posted by lmt on Dec. 14, 2001
I have got a TB mare.
Have never been able to feed her sugar-beet as it made her
hyperactive - I never tried the unmollassed version.
I have the problem that she often loses weight in the winter.
For the past few years we have fed her on Dengi hi-fi and a
couple of handfuls of topline nuts and numerous supplements
as I worry that she doesn't get enough nutrients!! This has
worked well and she has kept the weight on with a controllable
amount of energy.
Posted by ammatthews on Dec. 14, 2001
This autumn has been very warm so the grass has continued
to grow a lot longer than usual. If she's out a lot, she may
find dinner not as palatable as lush green grass - oh and will
probably not lose weight to the extend she normally does.
Is she eating hay ok? If not - is there anything wrong with
Posted by PaulineW on Dec. 14, 2001
She's on haylage and gets one big net a night and eats it
all. Her teeth are ok as they were just done a couple of
Posted by Ally Sole on Dec. 14, 2001
Can't you just give her a bit more haylage. She
obviously enjoys that if the net is always empty in the
Posted by les on Dec. 14, 2001
Don't forget the formula of 8lbs eaten in 2 hours - so she
may need a fresh or a second net for the night - Good Doer
with unmollassed sugar beet is also a good filling, warming high
fibre feed that takes a while to eat and carrots are filling
as are other vegetables (but not cabbage/sprouts or potatoes
)- none of these are heavy in calories
Posted by Sharon H on Dec. 15, 2001
Both my ponies give me very strange looks when I give them
hi-fi lite. They obviously consider that expecting them to eat
some chopped up hay is NOT acceptable and they would like some
PROPER food please! I sprinkle some pasture mix in with it to
make it a bit more interesting and the Shetland then proceeds
to blow heavily into the bowl until the nasty hay stuff has
disappeared all over the yard and he can get at the proper
food. I've never used it before and it was a bit of a shock
when I realised how much you get in a bag. As they only get a
handful of the stuff at a time, we shall still be using the
same bag this time next year at this rate.
Posted by cloudnine on Dec. 15, 2001
Our riding club had a talk by Spillers and the lady said
that people worry a lot more than horses about what they eat.
Most mixes sell well because owners think they look nice so
think the horse will like them. If you think when they are in
the wild they had a diet that consisted of the same thing
everyday. We do buy caterer's treacle from the cash and carry
as it comes in a squeezy bottle and they have a drizzle of
that over their tea as it is good for coughs but also I think
makes it look nicer. Just alternate what you put in so she
gets different fruit/veg each day!
Posted by Joe R on Dec. 16, 2001
I feed my chap who is a good doer and one that can get very
hot under the collar with certain feeds. Allen & Page slim
and healthy mix has boosted vitamin and mineral levels so
you can feed a small amount but are still sure to be giving
the horse all the essential supplements he needs, and I have found
this feed to be the best I have ever used for my horse. He has
been an absolute angel and I have had the best results with
him this year I have ever had before.
Posted by nikkypoos on Dec. 16, 2001
Ollie is fed Alfa-beet because he can be prone to laminitis.
He eats loads of the stuff to keep weight on (he is 30!) and
it doesn't fizz him up.