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Re: [RC] Feeding Questions - Kristene Smuts

I think we make it too hard.  chris>>

Not the way I do it!  With the help from Susan and the nutrition tables 
available in most good books, I do my own "concentrates".  With 7 horses, 
ranging in age from 11 months to 11 years, various sexes, my feeding program is 
very simple.  Free choice hay (or grazing when available), chopped alfalfa 
(protein & calcium), hominy grits (phosphorous, carbs & a bit of protein), 
soaked oats, oil and a balanced mineral / vitamin supplement.  Voila!  I can 
play around with energy sources and quantities in a spreadsheet that has all 
the values in it, thereby cutting out the necessity to "try" it first on the 

I have a mare that is about to foal and I broke from tradition and fed her a 
special broodmare concentrate from a reputable manufacturer - she got a slight 
bout of laminitis.  Needless to say, she's now on alfalfa alone - no carbs - 
and doing very well.  I may introduce a bit of hominy grits when I'm 100% sure 
she's out the woods.

All the horses shine like new pennies, even the grays.  And I NEVER groom those 
horses, except to try and get winter hair out at spring.

So Chris, you're right, we DO make it too hard ;-))

South Africa

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