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    Default Feeding a Yearling

    A boarder at our barn just purchased a yearling that will be moving in next week. Its a 1/4 perch, 1/4 TB, 1/2 paint gelding. He's a little guy, probably just about 14 hands still. He's currently eating 1 lb of Nutrena Safechoice am & pm plus free choice hay/pasture... Anyone have an opinion as far as what are some good feeds for yearlings? We feed Legends Performance to the other horses, but we're thinking that isn't high enough in protein. We don't usually get Nutrena but if that's what's best for him we will.. Ultimately its up to his new owner but was wondering what those of you out there who have had yearlings have used that works well. Thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    A boarder at our barn just purchased a yearling that will be moving in next week. Its a 1/4 perch, 1/4 TB, 1/2 paint gelding. He's a little guy, probably just about 14 hands still. He's currently eating 1 lb of Nutrena Safechoice am & pm plus free choice hay/pasture... Anyone have an opinion as far as what are some good feeds for yearlings? We feed Legends Performance to the other horses, but we're thinking that isn't high enough in protein. We don't usually get Nutrena but if that's what's best for him we will.. Ultimately its up to his new owner but was wondering what those of you out there who have had yearlings have used that works well. Thanks!
    If he only eats 1# twice a day, I would recommend a ration balancer so that he's getting all of his vitamins, minerals, and protein. I use the Triple Crown 30%, but Buckeye Gro 'n Win and Progressive ProAdvantage Grass Formula are both really good. If you're only feeding 1# of a regular feed, he's probably lacking.



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    2lbs a day of safe choice is not enough nutritionally to support a growing yearling. Nutrena's website says this fellow should be eating .75- 1 lbs PER 100 lbs of his weight.

    No offense intended, OP, and good to see you are doing your homework.
    I get so frustrated seeing so many stable owners not taking the time to investigate what a horse needs nutritionally vs. the economics of guessing and feeding by the 'scooping' way of thought.

    OP it looks like Legends does make a growth feed, called Grow & Perform. Might be worth looking into.



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    I also like Buckeye Gro N win or Purina Enrich as far as Ration Balancers for easy keeper breeds. We don't have Legends. Definitely find something geared towards a growing youngster.
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    The issue with "growth feeds" is that you often have to feed the same types of weights - .74-1lb/100lb, just like "adult" formulas. Many youngsters cannot take those calories. If they can, great. If not, you're back to the ration balancer idea
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    TC 30% supplement would be great for this guy.

    By the small amount of Nutrena-Safechoice he's getting, he sounds like he's an "easy keeper", but he is indeed not getting enough safechoice to meet his vit/min needs. You need a ration balancer and TC 30% is just that. It is low in fat- 3%, high in protein- 30%, very nutrient dense so just a small amount needs to be fed and vit/minerals will be met. TC 30% should be fed at 2lb a day to a young horse up to the age of 2. As he is growing if he needs more calories during a "growing phase" and looks ribby , a little TC growth (10% fat) can be added in as needed or taken away if needed.
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