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post #1 of 3 Old 01-25-2009, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Decent Inexpensive Feed for Sedentary Horse?

Hello everyone, this is my first post ... just looking for some feeding advice.

We can't get a hay truck down to our barn right now because the mud is so bad, so I'm looking at giving my mare grain until it dries up a bit. She is a completely sedentary horse. I have three kids and I don't ride right now, so she isn't being used for anything except standing around in the back yard looking pretty.

Can anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced bagged feed for a 15 year old unemployed horse?

Thank you!

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-25-2009, 06:33 PM
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Welcome Betony1, I'm new too . A friend of mine has an elderly horse that can no longer chew hay , so she feeds her Hay Stretcher which is a fiber like hay not a carb like grain. It' s inexpensive compared to grain and would fill that niche for hay. Not sure how much to feed, she says alot but not sure what that is, however if you are near a feed store they should be able to advise you well. Good luck.

ps. I use hay stretcher in my formula for my gelding (hard keeper) and I soak it. Not sure if need to but again people at feed store could advise you.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-25-2009, 07:13 PM
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She needs hay, not grain. A horse's diet should consist of 60% hay or forrage. If you can't get hay to her, then buy bags of hay cubes.
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