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Re: Feeding young minis

Hello Arina,

Congratulations and I know you will enjoy them.

First, have your hay tested to make sure it is safe to feed free choice. I recommend sending a sample to Equi-Analytical Labes to test for WSC (water soluble carbohydrates) and Starch. Add these two numbers together to calculate NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) to make sure that it doesn't exceed 12%. The digestible energy (calories) shouldn't exceed .88 MCals/lb.

Since hay has very few vitamins left, you'll want to provide a vitamin/mineral supplement. D Carb Balance is a good choice. You may need to add it to some type of carrier (though it is pelleted and perhaps your horses will eat it out of your hand). A low starch carrier could be moistened timothy/alfalfa pellets or unsweetened beet pulp or soybean hulls.


All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I'm getting 2 young mini mares. A 2 year old and a 3 year old. The 2 year old is at a good weight and the 3 year old is fat. Will have free choice hay, water and salt available, and they will live in a dry lot. No pasture. As young minis, what else do they need?

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio