Feed
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Feed

This is a discussion on Feed within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Corn, oat, barley ration horse feed

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-27-2008, 06:08 PM
  #1
Weanling
Feed

I was wondering what types of feed are there (e.g. Pellets etc)? What do they consist of (grainfree etc)? What is the feed used for most commonly (professional competition horses, trail horses etc)? What kinds of feed should one definitely stay away from? I ask in general, because I'm curious about this subject and know fairly little. Thank you.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    08-27-2008, 06:36 PM
  #2
Foal
There are so many types of feed, its ridiculous. I guess where you would start is what you want to feed for. Ex. Growing horses, lactating mares, trail horse, pasture horse, performance? There are different feeds for how demanding a workout you give your horse.
     
    08-27-2008, 07:25 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I agree taht there are TONS of types of feed...

Basically, you have grains such as oats, barley and corn (with nothing added) Generally speaking, oats and corn are known to make horses "hot" or energetic. Feeds that are high in starch should be avoided if the horse has a history of laminitis or founder.

And then you have commercially processed feeds that are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Some even are "complete feeds" so that you don't have to feed hay (senior feeds are like this)

Try this link: http://www.horses-and-horse-informat...utrition.shtml

There is so much to talk about here, it's hard to answer your questions without saying "i want to feed this brand to this horse".
     
    08-27-2008, 11:12 PM
  #4
Started
http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/


This is a great site set up by a good friend of mine that explains stuff in ways that are easy to understand
     
    08-28-2008, 12:22 PM
  #5
Trained
I have a horse, he's 5 and in training for dressage. I definitely see him at high levels of competition before he's 10. So I guess you would call him a performance horse, but he's still growing.
We feed a lot of grass hay. And then to supplement we feed Hoffman's Horse Ration. It was made in Alberta by people that bred a lot of horses and they kept coming up with foals with birth defects caused by nutritional imbalance no matter what they fed. So they developed a sort of "all round" feed with all the nutrition and energy that a horse would need in Alberta and surroundig areas with similar nutritional deficits in the local vegetation. It's got no grain or molasses and so very little starch. All of the energy in it is fat energy (or "cool energy") from soybean hulls, rice bran and flax.
They say that it's good for old horses, young horses, pregnant horses and performance horses. Seeing as we've had all 4 of those kinds of horses on it and they are were/all healthy, shiny and have great hooves I would say it works pretty darn good!
We struggled for a while trying to find something for our horses that had everything we wanted, and we went to a feed conference and found this stuff and are in love with it!

ETA: http://www.hoffmanshorseration.com/
     
    08-28-2008, 02:05 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I agree there are a ton of feeds on the market today.

For my part, the one to stay away from, without question, is good ole sweet feed.

I don't care how it's bagged it is the worst thing for a horse since bot flies and tapeworms.

There was a 10 yr period where I was sucked into feeding sweet feed, but a very wise feed store owner sat me down one day and said I needed to re-think sweet feed. That was in the fall of 1998 and I've never looked a bag of sweet feed in the face since :P

The type of feed should depend on the age and health of the horse. Hay, amount and quality of pasture and turn out time are also part of the formula.

When the horse in my avatar went metabolic last year, I took him off anything with oats & corn. I eventually transitioned all four of my horses to Duke's base meal. The only differences are the supplements.

When I did that, I discovered that the snarky personality another TWH has had all his life was directly related to oats & corn. He wasn't even off oat/corn based feed a week before I saw a huge change in his personality for the better.

This is when the "Good Old Days" really were and I miss them. My horses were on 100 acres of pasture they shared with beef cattle. Ate grass hay, oats and corn that we grew,

There was no such thing as hybrid hay, oat or corn seed that was created to fatten cattle quicker but was still used in grain products for horses. I blame a lot of horse health issues on that --- hybrid seeds to produce product to quickly fatten cattle for slaughter.

Coggins didn't exist, neither did any of those other diseases horses need protected against. And that was as recent as the mid-1960's

Sorta got on my soap box -- my apologies
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0