I've recently bought a young (4 1/2 yrs old) irish sport horse and am having fun with him, learning from him and teaching him loads. The link shows some photos from our first hunt together (nice and gentle with no jumping and only 2 lines)
I've been feeding TopSpec Balancer and TopChop (along with lots of hay) and, to be honest, he's looking good. However, a friend was up the other day and started me worrying by asking whether I shouldn't be feeding something with some protein given as he is a growing horse.
If anyone has any advice, I'd be grateful! Is TopSpec Balancer and TopChop sufficient or do I need to give him something else? Help!
a bad day in the saddle is better than a good day at work
The main thing is not to overdo it - you can make up lost ground but you can't undo the damage to joints etc from overfeeding. Years ago I knew a couple who wanted to do the very best for their youngster, feeding it loads of top nosh and supplements. One frosty day they left him in his warm cosy stable and next day, when they turned him out he was so wired he reared, came over backwards and pole-axed himself. He was dead within minutes. Good quality forage and possibly a balancer should be enough, until he starts serious work. At 4 1/2 he will have done most of his growing, depending on the breed.
Surely at 4 1/2 he's done most of his growing, I know they still grow but he's not going to need the same amount of protein as say a foal or yearling. I stopped feeding mine specialist youngstock mix at 3yo and they went on to normal topspec. Stop worrying and just enjoy him!
Post by annabelle h on Dec 14, 2011 11:29:38 GMT 1
I would get thy calculator out and check the NRC 2007 data against what you're feeding. Better to slightly underfeed than overfeed youngstock I think, but bear in mind our forage is low in protein. :-)
Definitely give Top Spec a call. The Balancer is high protein but is fed in reasonably small amounts. If you do want to add additional protein you could change the Top Chop Lite to Top Chop Alfa which is higher protein but their nutritionists will be better able to advise.