How to Feed An Easy Keeper and A Hard Keeper

by Louise

Hi, Just need advice on what to feed my 2 horses: both very different, but I'm hoping to find ONE feed for both, but I do realize that I may have to buy two types.

1st horse: 5 yo mare dutch/thbd. medium keeper, moody, poor circulation & weak immune system, ridden 3x/wk, can get hot. eating: wet fat & fiber, bee pollen & hoof supplement.

2nd horse: 21 yo appy gelding, easy keeper, generally pretty quiet, ridden once a month. Eating: wet 12% complete feed with equalizer supplement.

Both get OK hay, but not the greatest. Lots of grass in the summer.

I'm trying to simplify the feeding schedule & purchases for my mother who takes care of them.

Please help suggest what I should do & what to feed.


Hi Louise,

Thanks so much for your question.

It can be a challenge to feed different types of horses; especially from a warm blood cross to an appy! Those are real different metabolisms!

I think it sounds like you are on the right track though--I personally use the Purina products and have had good results with the HiFatHiFibre.

Also the fact that you are feeding Equalizer to your easy keeper is great. Lots of people don't realize that easy keepers won't get the proper levels of vitamins and minerals because they don't get fed a lot of grain; but you've got that covered!

My suggestion to you regarding your horses would be to check with a nutritionist in your area--lots of feed stores will have a Purina rep that can come out and look at your horses. I would ask them about adding Equalizer to what you are feeding the dutch/thbd --sometimes they just need that extra nutrition and that might help her.

To simplify things for your mother ask the nutritionist about switching your older appy to the HiFat HiFibre. I have used the HiFat HiFibre for many older horses and especially supplemented with the Equalizer, it makes an excellent choice for older easy keepers.

You could also ask the nutritionist about different hay substitutes. I have had good results feeding Roughage Chunks to many of the Thoroughbreds I have here. Even with good quality hay I add this to their diet to really keep the weight on.

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