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  1. Edie
    November 4, 2023 @ 8:48 pm

    Hi, l have two half-sister mules, born April 19th and 26th of 2008. My husband, Charlie Bob, trained the girls well. He unfortunately passed last November 24th, I promised I would never let our girls go, as long as he wouldn’t put them down before he passed.
    My mules are walking horse bred with a Michigan jack named Zipper. Charlie always told me to never over feed them since they aren’t being used for riding or plowing. My feeding schedule is:
    Peanut hay at 7 cst, grass hay at 12 noon, then grains 12 oz+/- each corn, 12% sweet feed,
    Alfalfa pellets (if not on grasss), tablespoon of biotin, and 1/4 cup of oil. Am i feeding the girls too much?


    • Bailey Folker
      November 7, 2023 @ 4:12 pm

      Yes, it is too much of the wrong things. You should feed like this: The formula for our oats mix is very simple. Depending on the individual, feed the average sized equines (13 hands to 17 hands) 1-1/2 to 2 cups of oats mixed with 1 oz. of Sho Glo by Manna Pro and 1 oz. of Mazola corn oil. Draft animals (over 17 hands) get twice as much and the minis get 1/4 (small minis under 36 inches) to 1/2 (36 to 48 inches) as much. Of course, if they seem to need a little more oats, just increase it a slightly during the winter months as they need it. When the oats mix is fed in the evenings, it provides an incentive reward for your equine to come in after short periods on pasture, like early in the Spring. He will soon learn that when you call him in, you will always have an oats reward for him. During training, you would keep the oats rewards in a fanny pack around your waste and disperse them ONLY for a reward and never for a treat. Avoid all other kinds of treats (horse treats, apples, carrots, peppermints, etc.) to help keep his digestive tract operating normally.


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