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)
Yes, you certainly can feed a ration balancer to your filly. I feed them to all my growing horses with great results. This filly, pictured below, has been fed only a ration balancer with a combination of alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, and/or oats in addition to her pasture and hay for her entire life.
Just make sure you feed according to her age and weight and the bag directions. She may need some supplemental calories (I prefer alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, or oats) in addition to the ration balancer, especially if she is not on pasture.
For more information, check out the ration balancer page if you haven't done so already.
Thanks for a great horse nutrition question!