Ever since I knew I’d be taking over care of the horses, I’ve been thinking about what horse feed they ought to eat. At their current barn, they’re eating a combination of Heritage Performance 14%, alfalfa pellets, and beet pulp along with good quality grass hay. The horses look fine- they’re both about a 5 on the Henneke scale, and Moe has maintained his weight pretty well for the last couple of winters.
However, I’d like to switch to a feed that won’t require me to also feed alfalfa pellets and/or beet pulp. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on feed!
Here are the facts:
- Both horses are seniors (ages 19 & 21)
- Both horses are in moderate work (ridden w/t/c approximately 4-5 times per week)
- Neither horse has trouble eating forage or concentrates
- Neither horse has health issues (teeth are in good shape, no metabolic issues, no ulcers, etc.)
- Both horses are turned out ~12 hours/day
- Both horses receive good quality grass hay (~20 lbs/day)
- Neither horse is a picky eater
What kind of feed have you had success with? What hasn’t worked for you?