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post #1 of 6 Old 02-20-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Grain? seriously?

that's the look I'm getting from my 9 month old colt when I offer him anything other than hay. He likes the mineral block I provided, but in the week I've had him, he hasn't done anything more than nose through, snort as though annoyed and scatter the grain he's been offered. I have out a blend that was suggested by the local Co-Op. Its a 10% and contains some corn, supposed to be a good draft blend. I've just never met a horse that didn't like grain. Has anyone else ever seen this? Or know of a way to get him to start? I mean it would sure cut feed bills if I didn't have to buy grain, but I worry about getting him proper nutrition.

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-20-2009, 09:42 PM
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corn is not a good thing to feed any horse but especially NOT a draft or draft cross...

If you want more info let me know ..

Instead of feeding him grain get a GOOD vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids and somealfalfa pellets and try feeding it to him wet :)

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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post #3 of 6 Old 02-20-2009, 09:52 PM
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Have you ever met a horse that didn't like apples? Grain, like apples, is not a natural food of horses, and unless you work your horse a lot, it really doesn't need much, if any, grain. You may want to try a pelletized feed rather than something with corn, though, if you want to add protein and supplements.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-20-2009, 11:18 PM
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As long as you have a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement and good quality hay(grass and lucerne) or pasture you shouldnt need to feed anything else.

I personally only ever feed grain to my horses when they are in heavy training, but as you're guy is only 9 months old he really dosnt need it.

If you still want to feed a grain, get someting that's as unprocessed as possible (so many of today's pre mixed feeds are so over processed its like feeding McDonalds every day) and add something to it like apple cider vinegar or a little bit of mollassess (sp?) to sweeten it up.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-21-2009, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips, he's also not interested in natural horse treats (that actually taste pretty good) pellets, alfalfa cubes, or carrots. So as it stands, if it doesn't come in a mineral block or in hay he's not getting it. He won't touch the hay if its wetted down or had things added on it. He's in a stable quaranteen until I can get him halter trained and up on his vacines and worming, so no pasture. I'm concerned for growth as he was weaned young. I ready a university study that suggested rolled oats and pasture/hay was an idea diet for draft cross foals when fed properly. I just don't know if this should even be on the concern list.

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If he's healthy, I wouldn't be concerned. Sounds like he just hasn't been spoiled yet

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