Question and Answers

Here is a selection of questions I have received from visitors regarding horse nutrition.

Can I feed a ration balancer to my 8-month-old filly? Everyone at my barn says she needs to be eating more than that...but I would really like to feed her a ration balancer.
(Anonymous, United States)

UHN's answer.


I've heard of people feeding calf manna to their horses for a various reasons, though I've never tried it myself. Would you recommend this?
(Anonymous, United States)

UHN's answer.


Can I safely feed Purina's Mare & Maintenance (my feed dealer said its now called Enrich32) to a gelding?
(Cowgirl, United States)

UHN's answer.


I have a few questions about my gelding who coliced last year:

1. Is he getting too much protein?
2. How much beet pulp can I add to his diet?
3. Does he need extra vitamins and minerals since he's only getting 4.5 pounds of his Triple Crown Senior?
(Brittany, United States)

UHN's answer (and additonal information from Brittany).


I have a gelding who just turned 4, I ride him 3 times a week. He looks like the paint filly in your picture on weight. He gets 14 pounds of grass hay a day,6 pound of Purina Strategy a day. Plus he is turned out. I started giving him 2 pounds of alfalfa pellets a month ago and last week he acted as if he was on speed. Spookings and just not acting himself. He is usually calm. I took him off and within a week he was back to his self. Someone told be to put him on beet pulp. Is this ok? Or is there something better?
(Jerri, United States)

UHN's answer.


I have two horses. One is an easy to keep welsh mountain pony gelding, 9 years old and the other is a hard to keep TB with weak hooves. I am very tight financially and need to make the feed dollars I have really stretch. Does anybody have any good ideas? I have just added BOSS to their feed to replace the much more expensive Purina Amplify. Coastal hay goes for 7.00$ a 40lb bale here. Big Rolls are a little cheaper but I have no way of handling them. I also have a very tiny farm, meaning no effective grazing.
(Nora, United States)

UHN's answer.



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