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        07-12-2009, 11:59 PM
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    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    Between the starch, high energy, and possibility of mold, why in the heck would you say "corn is okay for horses"?

    Corn is a low protein, low nutrient, "Candy" feed for horses. It is NOT good for them. Plain whole oats is a much better choice, if you have to feed a whole grain. They have a decent nutrient content, and are slightly less "starchy". But really, she's already feeding alfalfa pellets, which are good for horses, high nutrient with quality protein, good energy. So, there is no need to feed corn.
    It's okay because it's been used as horse feed for years. It's not good or grea but it's not horrible. There are definitely many many healthier feeds for horses. But if this is what she elects to feed and it's high quality and the horse is turned out and/or exercised it won't kill them.

    But, I agree, it's probably unneccessay with the alfalfa.
         
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        07-13-2009, 12:04 AM
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    Green Broke
    Why is it a good feed just because we've used it since the mid 1900s? It hasn't been used THAT long. Oats and Barley were the prefered horse feeds before corn, and they're still being used today. However, with more research on nutrition, we're learning that ALL grains really aren't great for horses. Why else would we see all of these "low-starch" or "safe starch" or "grain free" feeds come out? It's because owners are becoming more aware of the negative effects of grains and are demanding feeds that follow the new research.
         
        07-13-2009, 12:14 AM
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    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    Why is it a good feed just because we've used it since the mid 1900s? It hasn't been used THAT long. Oats and Barley were the prefered horse feeds before corn, and they're still being used today. However, with more research on nutrition, we're learning that ALL grains really aren't great for horses. Why else would we see all of these "low-starch" or "safe starch" or "grain free" feeds come out? It's because owners are becoming more aware of the negative effects of grains and are demanding feeds that follow the new research.
    It's not good!
    And I totally agree with you with you on the whole "owners are becoming more aware of the negative effects of grain" thing. But, it's what she wants to feed. And it is okay for horses to have in their diet. She just has to be careful of the quality.
         
        07-13-2009, 12:21 AM
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    Wow. Lots of info here...

    Ok, I may not have the money immediately for an emergency, but if an emergency did happen, my mum would help pay. Money is -very- tight for me. I'm nineteen and have had absolutely zero luck in finding a job, and I've been looking for months now. Both of my horses are at least 4's on the scale. I would prefer them nearer a 6 or 7, but a 4 isn't that bad, I don't think.

    Yes, the alfalfa and corn are the only feeds I've got right now. I introduced my horses to the alfala and corn slowly, adding it in with their grain for a few days beforehand. My sweet feed ran out just the other day, so I switched them to all alfalfa and corn. After their grain ran out was when my gelding went off his feed. As I said before, he usually is very greedy with his feed... but he is picky. He's always been picky. I've had trouble finding feed that he'll actually eat willingly. He won't eat treats such as sugar cubes, apples, andwill barely eat carrots. Honestly, he's more trouble than he's worth when it comes to feed... Lol.

    I'm only feeding the corn because my grandmother bought it for her ducks and chickens, but they wouldn't touch it. She gave it to me, and in order to not waste it, I figured I could feed it to the horses with the alfalfa.
         
        07-13-2009, 12:26 AM
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    Weanling
    So is it cracked corn or whole corn? If it was for ducks and chicks I would image it is cracked corn.
         
        07-13-2009, 12:32 AM
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    Thanks for all the info, Britt! Definitely paints a clearer picture

    I would check the bag and call the manufacturer to see if they check the corn for molds. I'm no expert on ducks and chickens, but they might not be affected by bad corn, and if it's made specially for them, it's better to be safe then sorry.

    You got good advice here, do what you think is best for your boy. If he's an air fern and can live off of grass for a few days, see what happens. But, still have him checked asap.

    I looked at your pics and your horses look good! Sorry if my whole "maybe you shouldn't have them" upset you. But you proved me wrong. I was just looking out for the horsies
         
        07-13-2009, 12:43 AM
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    If you switched feeds fast it could result in many problems, one being colic.
         
        07-13-2009, 01:32 AM
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    so is it cracked corn or whole corn? If it was for ducks and chicks I would image it is cracked corn.
    It's whole corn, actually. The corn is actually made for horses by FRM.

    No problem ,My Beau... you didn't offend me or anything, I totally understand where your coming from.
         
        07-13-2009, 02:39 AM
      #29
    Foal
    Why don't you add some molasses to his feed to sweeten it up
         
        07-13-2009, 11:58 AM
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    I'd never thought of that. I may just do that...
         

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