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    What to feed a 2 year old?

    I just bought myself a two year old Holsteiner filly. She's awesome!! Just a beautiful, beautiful horse sold for a rediculously low price due to the economy. Anyways, at her old barn she was fed Nutrina Compete, but I'm not sure if this is the right option for a 2 year old... What do you guys think a good grain option would be for a very BIG, growing warmblood?
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    my tip is, not too much. Please don't go thinking that because they are big and are getting bigger, that you need to go feeding heaps of processed feed (especially protein) as this can lead to all sorts of problems in the future inc OCD

    A good base of quality hay is always beneficial. The WB stud I was at fed chaff (lucerne and oaten), whole oates, and pellets(mitavite calm performer) with vitamin and mineral supplements. Never had any growth problems in any horse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faith04 View Post
    my tip is, not too much. Please don't go thinking that because they are big and are getting bigger, that you need to go feeding heaps of processed feed (especially protein) as this can lead to all sorts of problems in the future inc OCD

    A good base of quality hay is always beneficial. The WB stud I was at fed chaff (lucerne and oaten), whole oates, and pellets(mitavite calm performer) with vitamin and mineral supplements. Never had any growth problems in any horse.

    Protiens DOES NOT cause OCD's !!!!!


    Free choice forage with a good vitamin/mineral or ration balancer to BALANCE the diet which is hte key

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeggySue View Post
    Protiens DOES NOT cause OCD's !!!!!


    Free choice forage with a good vitamin/mineral or ration balancer to BALANCE the diet which is hte key
    no I agree, but causing the horse to grow too fast usually by feeding too much grain etc can, and that was my main gist, sorry if it was misinterperated I did not mean to lay the blame at the foot of protein

    It is a common misconception that big babies need lots of energy feed ie grain (which has protein ) to help them grow big and strong and this is where some get into trouble. I totally agree that a balanced diet is a must
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    I feed Legends (Southern States feed) Grow and Perform. My 2yr old gets a scoop and a half twice a day with good quality grass hay. She has done really well on it.
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    The first question would be what hay are you feeding? The second question would be what condition is she in (thin, overweight, just right)? Third question would be how much Complete was she getting? At this age it's really important to not only have enough protein/vitamins/minerals, but also to be sure that the diet is balanced.

    I just recently switched my 2yo WB from a 14% Nutrena pellet to TC30 with alfalfa pellets. I've been extremely happy with the results.

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    Starches cause growth issues; protein does not.

    Growing horses need a LOT of quality protein - ample amino acids, not just high crude protein.

    Feed the nutrition first, then adjust calories as the horse's growing spurts dictates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KZWestern View Post
    I just bought myself a two year old Holsteiner filly. She's awesome!! Just a beautiful, beautiful horse sold for a rediculously low price due to the economy. Anyways, at her old barn she was fed Nutrina Compete, but I'm not sure if this is the right option for a 2 year old... What do you guys think a good grain option would be for a very BIG, growing warmblood?
    I like Nutrena Compete....a lot of ppl here will tell you how much they dont like it and how "bad" it is ....blah blah... I used it for years and had amazing results. The WP barn where I used to work also feeds it and has great results.

    BUT, I have since switched to a RB....and let me tell you what... I LOVE IT and my horses look EVEN better. I am now feeding Buckeye Grow N Win and I would never go back to anything else.

    And FYI, I was feeding two 2yr olds and a 5yr old horse in competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faith04 View Post
    no I agree, but causing the horse to grow too fast usually by feeding too much grain etc can, and that was my main gist, sorry if it was misinterperated I did not mean to lay the blame at the foot of protein

    It is a common misconception that big babies need lots of energy feed ie grain (which has protein ) to help them grow big and strong and this is where some get into trouble. I totally agree that a balanced diet is a must
    It's not the protein that it has that's the problem. It's the sugars and starches (that are much more plentiful in grains than protein is) that are the problem with growth disorders.

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    Dawn don't forget the Ca:P ratio as well

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