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post #1 of 42 Old 02-19-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Feeding Grains

I have a few questions regarding feeding grains such as oats to my Arabian gelding. First off, he'll be 15 years in April, and has been a hard keeper in the winters, unless I really get his weight up during the fall. The problem for me is, I'm always afraid of feeding too much grain, I'm so worried he'll colic if I'm giving him too much. Right now I'm maintaining his weight, (the temperature these past couple winters has gone down to -50 C ) so I give him 3-4 cups of rolled oats with flax seed about three times a week.

Here is something I found though, this website - How Much to Feed your Horse?

...suggests how much grain to feed your horse once you put in their body weight, workload and body condition. Last time I measured my gelding, his body weight was around 960, he might be 1000 lbs now. I do light work with him, and his body weight is normal. The calculations though say to feed him 2.3 kg/5 pounds of grain! I measured my grain on my kitchen scale, and 5 pounds is 16 cups! Wouldn't that be too much? I have an 8 quart feed bucket, and the suggested amount of feed almost fills it full. Plus since he's an Arab, he does tend to get pretty hot with too much grain.

I just want to feed him properly, but I'm concerned and a little confused, how much is too much, and how much is too little? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated!

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How much forage does he get? I've found its much easier to put weight on feeding free choice high quality hay 24/7 then any type of grain or commercial feeds to a normal healthy horse.
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instead of feeding "grains" use things like beet pulp, alfalfa pellets/cubes, up to 2lbs of rice bran, 2lbs of flax.

You also need to feed the same thing everyday two or three times a week is not enough.. you also need to ensure he is getting proper nutrition.

and free choice hay/pasture is a must for any horse especially in the cold weather

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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He is on free choice hay, which is good. And when he gets really thin I feed him oats mixed with beet pulp and canola oil. But aside from the hay, to help maintain his weight I would first like to know if that website I posted is accurate. Also if feeding him about 8 - 10 cups of grain is okay?
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How much does the grain weight your feeding? If I need to feed oats I feed 2lbs twice a day EVERYDAY. To often people only feed grain a few times a week which is pretty much a waste of grain.
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depends on the grain..
I would not throw 5lbs of oats at him in one feeding

I would say NO it is way overfeeding which is what most of us have always done...

I would offer him a good vitamin/mineral supplement free choice hay and IF he needs more which it sounds like he might offer it in the way of beet pulp or alfalfa pellets. Many times the sugars and starches are hard for a horse to digest passing into the hindgut and causing issues. If you stick with mainly forages for your calories it is safer and easier for the horse to use those calories

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Awesome, thanks so much for the quick replies =)
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that article also does not state GRAINS it say concentrates.. which can be anytype of fortified feed product. I don't see how any website to try to do what that one is doing there are too many vaiables involved

man I always stink at spelling but tonight is super rough

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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How much forage does he get? I've found its much easier to put weight on feeding free choice high quality hay 24/7 then any type of grain or commercial feeds to a normal healthy horse.

Wrong. They get what is called hay bellies.
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Feed a mixture of 12% Alfalfa pellets and 17% Alfalfa pellets with a blend of Source and Weight Gainer. You can get both supplements from State Line, you will not go wrong with this feeding schedule.
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