Originally Posted by sillybunny11486 View Post
"Just curious, why do your easy keepers get beet pulp? I thought that used to put weight on horses? And why do you only feed pellets?"
My horses are easy keepers- so they dont need any attitives/sugar above pelleted feed. Around here most sweet feeds are low quality, and have alot of crap fillers in them. Its a junk food basically. Its like filling your tummy with candy bars instead of a healthy snack. Its a waste of calories. You are substituting nutrient rich calories, for nutrient poor ones. When you have an easy keeper you have less discretionary calories, this those that do get consumed have to be more nutrient rich.
As for Beet Pulp, we have my weanling vet checked, dewormed, the works, he kept getting loose stool. So I thought, maybe Ill try adding more fiber, so the cheepest, fastest way to get fiber into him (without alot of extra protein in aflafa cubes) was beet pulp. Hes been on it since. He gets more beet pulp, and my mare gets more alfalfa pellets. My mare needs more protein, to help her feet grow, she has been pulling her shoes off (along with half her hoof) monthly. My baby dosent need all that additional protein, I worry about him getting to fat or growing to fast, which cause developmental problems.
That makes sense. I was asking why you gave pellets as opposed to cubes, lol...I think I misunderstood you a bit/have issues typing coherent questions. I am certainly aware that easy keepers don't need any extra calories, and the ones they do get should be of high nutritional value, which is the main reason I am opposed to giving Lilly any.
Teff grass is relatively new in the US, with it's origins in Ethiopia. Some people around here substitute it for timothy and it's growing in popularity, in this area at least. It's actually a grain (extremely tiny grain), although it looks like ryegrass...and is pretty cheap as it can grow well even in a bad season. However our nearest grower seems to be 60+ miles away, so we are probably going to gradually switch her over to orchard grass hay or something else more readily available.
Interestingly enough when we were first "interviewing" M, she said she'd be willing to feed anything as long as we supplied it personally. I knew she didn't feed her horses hay but I wasn't going to say anything at first, as she had already agreed to give our mare the stuff and as she actually seemed a bit interested in using teff when we described it in more detail.
However yesterday evening, I gave Lilly a flake before I left and pointed this out to M, and she said something akin to, "Well alright, that's fine, you do that. That is all your thing. I don't do hay. I won't have anything to do with it." Then asked for the first time if Lilly was on grain, and I said...no, I don't believe she needs it, and she's never...to my knowledge...been on it before. And she acted kind of incredulous before showing me back to where she is keeping this huge bin of that sweet corn grain, and begins telling me about how the horses need it to keep warm, and that it is absolutely essential. And that, my friends, is when my brow quirked just a smidegon and I left with my ride feeling a mite conflicted.
Hence this barrage of very n00bish queries...
SO. I am going to talk with M, and hopefully we'll straighten some things out. I'm going to keep Lilly on the forage, and she's not getting any junkfood...except the occasional peppermint from me ;)...and if M has a problem giving it to her, then I suppose we'll have to find another place. I really, really, REALLY hope it won't come to that. But I have to know I can trust M in doing this for me when I can't be out there personally. The weird thing is, she did originally say she was fine with feeding hay, but then that comment yesterday got me puzzling.
And yes, I've too heard that arabians are prone to colic. ):
Thank you so much everyone for your input...if you have any more please type!