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post #1 of 33 Old 07-01-2010, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Grain for pasture kept horse?

My new mare is a little underweight right now and I want to do everything I can to help her gain weight. She is currently on 24 hour turn out on good pasture. Is there any kind of grain that would be a good option to give her the stuff that grass doesn't?

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post #2 of 33 Old 07-01-2010, 01:56 PM
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Depending on grass quality and how much grain you feed. ANY grain/pellets have min/vit added (at least I didn't run into those without unless you feed straight oats or beet pulp and such). I feed pellets with min/suppl in + grass for 2-3 hours/day (besides the hay, of course) and I don't add any extra-supplements at the moment.
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If there are no underlying health issues that need to be addressed with special supplements, then I would just look for a balanced complete feed. Try to avoid anything with excess sugar like sweet feed. If nothing else, some alfalfa pellets will up her protein and help her put on weight.

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I would give her only a little bit of a balanced feed just enough to add vitamins. 24 hour pasture might end up giving you the opposite problem!! We fight obesity!!
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I agree, give the pasture a little time to do it's thing. If you wanted to try a hard feed, maybe try purina BIR (built in roughage) it's high in fiber and easy to digest. It also doesn't make them "hot". It comes in pellets and chunks. Maybe add a ration balancer for salt and other minerals. Purina Equalizer is a good one. Just add 200g to the feed.

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post #6 of 33 Old 07-01-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I am more worried about adding the vitamins and minerals that she has been lacking up until this point and that the grass alone wont give her.

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Look for a ration balancer high nutrition low feeding amount and easy to add calories to as needed

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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Mineral block and a salt lick
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I use a mineral block for my pasture kept horses, but if I had the resources to feed daily I would be giving a ration balancer mixed with a bit of Speedi-Beet.

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My new mare is a little underweight right now and I want to do everything I can to help her gain weight. She is currently on 24 hour turn out on good pasture. Is there any kind of grain that would be a good option to give her the stuff that grass doesn't?
My guy is on 24/7 pasture as well :) Plus a round bale that he can stuff his face in at any given time - and he's a hard keeper. I have him on 5lbs of feed, twice a day.

He gets 3lbs of Purina Senior * I love this stuff, because you can give it to a wide variety of different age of horse, while giving all the needed necessaries in diet* and he gets 2lbs of Ultium *I also love this because it is rice bran and beat pulp based*

You can get Purina Senior at any TSC, for about $15.00 a bag.

There are quite a few underweight horses at the barn who are much younger than Nelson, who are on full pasture that are being fed Purina Senior - it's a great complete feed that I would highly recommend to anyone. The horses who were put on it, filled out beautifully, and their coats gleam.

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