Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southcentral Kansas
We have a very easy keeper mare here(my DIL's). I have to shut her off grass for at least half 12 hours to keep her from being a blimp. The vet told me to simply treat her as if she is IR because it sure wouldn't hurt her at all to be on that type of diet. I do not feed grain at all but I do feed beet pulp and have done the rinse rinse soak routine. If you can find B P without the molasses that helps a lot. I give it in place of grain with a wee bit of ALfalfa pellets to increase palatability. Some horses do take a little while to decide BP is actually food. LOL It is nice to be able to add your supplements(flax, msm, whatever) via BP when you do not feed any grain.
Regarding the BO. This is your horse and there should be no arguement as to what you want to feed.. I understand that it may be a bit more work for her to feed one horse different than all the others IF that's how she feeds, but the bottom line is this is YOUR horse, not hers. That is my opinion on that. Nobody tells me I have to feed my horses a certain feed.. It's not like you're starving her.
Ok rant over.. I certainly can understand you may need to provide the feed yourself if you wish to use something different than what she buys.