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    11-29-2010, 08:31 PM
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Hi i'm new into the horse world and I have a question. The current barn that I am at does not do grain feedings on sundays, they claim that since the horses aren't "worked" on sundays that they do not need to eat. I feel very strongly against their decision but maybe I am wrong? Also they are on a feeding schedule of 9am ish and 5pm ish. This dosen't seem right to me. Please Help!!!
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    11-29-2010, 08:54 PM
Do the horses have access to some form of hay along with the grain that they are getting? If they still have access to hay on sundays then missing 1 day of grain certainly won't hurt them. However, if they get fed just the grain and nothing else, then not feeding them for a day is just asking for colic. Technically, grain is completely unnecessary in a horse's diet and, depending on the type, can actually cause more problems than it solves. My horses have had nothing to eat except for good quality hay for over 10 years and they have all always been healthy, happy, and fat.
    11-29-2010, 09:10 PM
How hard are the horses being worked that they actual require grain daily, except for Sundays of course?

My boys are extremely active (being rode at least four times a week), and show horses, and even I don't feed grain. Both of them are well kept and are far from malnourished.

Perhaps the barn you are at will allow you to customize a feeding plan that best suits your horse?
    11-29-2010, 09:40 PM
Not all horses don't need grain. It really depends on the horse; how well they keep weight on them and what they are doing. My TB is in hard work 5/6 days a week and is an extremely hard keeper so if we stopped giving him grain one day a week he'd probably end up looking very skinny.
    11-29-2010, 10:10 PM
All horses CAN do without grain. There are plenty of healthier options for keeping weight on a horse.
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    11-29-2010, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
All horses CAN do without grain. There are plenty of healthier options for keeping weight on a horse.
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Examples would help.

Edit: that may have sounded like I was being short, but I'm actually just curious.
When I bought my horse he was field boarded and was about 200 pounds under weight (and that was doing almost no work) I wouldn't put him under impossible keeper, but he is a very hard keeper.
    11-29-2010, 10:44 PM
What is wrong with 9AMish and 5PMish? Just curious - because I don't see much wrong with that.

As for grain - unless they arw on a special diet or require meds in their grain ration it is no biggie to miss a meal. Not something we do (all of ours are grained/hayed 2X a day), but I don't see how it is a huge deal so long as they have access to good hay and water.
    11-29-2010, 11:06 PM
The problem with the reg schedule 9 and 5 is two big servings of grain so close can cause colic and also the servings are so close together they have numereous hours of hunger unless they always have hay? It could cause gastric ulcers wich are extremely common in stall horses
    11-29-2010, 11:09 PM
Simply - fats. Much better utilized and digested.

So oils, copra meal, flax meal, full fat soy. Also legumes like lupins.
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    11-29-2010, 11:23 PM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Simply - fats. Much better utilized and digested.

So oils, copra meal, flax meal, full fat soy. Also legumes like lupins.
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The problem is my horse is a very picky eater as well as being a hard keeper. He gets fish oil in his grain as well as cool calories, but we haven't found much else that he will actually eat.

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