Diet Management for a Miniature Horse

I have six miniature horses and not one of them requires the exact same diet as the next. They each are individual in what they require to keep in good health. I don’t think managing a miniature horse’s diet is very easy. I am still learning, and continue to read and ask questions to take care of our minis the best that I can.

I’ve learned the hard way with one of my miniatures, three year old Grace. She now has a falling crest due to too much protein intake. (From bits of alfalfa given as a treat). However, I am thankful she is not sore on her feet. But now I am trying to figure out the best plan of action to manage her falling crest.

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Grace

Although it is probably hard to tell from a picture the stage of crestiness of Graces neck, it is noticeable when looking at her neckline.

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The immediate plan of action is greatly reducing her protein intake.

My six minis are on a dry lot. I have been following the Purina miniature horse and pony feed guidelines.

http://purinamills.com/horse-feed/products/miniature-horse-and-pony-feed/

So we will consider these the before pictures.
Does anyone else have experience with managing a falling crest!?!

2 thoughts on “Diet Management for a Miniature Horse

  1. I hear your about cresty necks. My friesian is very cresty too and I worry, but when I reduce his diet of course he reduces everywhere but his neck last. It’s a constant battle. Low protein grass hay would be my first line of defense, but it’s tough with those pony type metabolisms. I hear you.

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