Feeding Recommendations for Miniature Horses
Click here to see a chart of feeding recommendations for Minis published by Purina.....they don't eat nearly as much as you think that they would!
Individuals may not require this amount of food outlined below. It may be too much depending on your mini's metabolism:
Feeding Miniature horse foals requires more protein. In Barbara Naviaux's Book "Miniature Horses", she states a weaned foal to 12 months need 20% protein. Alfalfa, here in AZ, no longer has a high protein content and is very inconsistent in its values. From birth to one year, the foal will increase weight six to seven times so a DIGESTIBLE protein, other vitamins, minerals and their balance are extremely important. Spring grasses can contain as much as 30% protein and I think that is why foals do so well when their dams graze.