Originally Posted by jackieboy2
You don't necessarily have to tell me a specific grain. I am mostly jsut wondering what should I look for in the ingredients and what should I stay away from?
I stay away from anything with molasses, corn, or barley, and I'm not a huge fan of oats either. I also stay away from feeds with any "sweepings" or "leavings", wheat products, or distillers grains.
So, that leaves my choices pretty limited, lol. I feed alfalfa pellets along with a vitamin/mineral supplement, and some flax. My horses do very well on this diet, are calm and happy, have plenty of energy for work, are VERY healthy and shiney, have great feet, good muscle tone, and a good work ethic.
Horses do not NEED grain. A simple vitamin supplement and some alfalfa pellets is usually plenty to supplement quality hay or pasture. I use vitamins for horses that aren't getting any fortified feed, like Select II, SmartPak's Smart Vite Grass, Balance II, or Uckele's Equi Base Grass. They all seem to work about them same. I feed flax because we have very little grazing, so my horses are missing out on Omega 3's found in pasture grass. I use a little water to mix it all up!