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        11-17-2009, 01:56 AM
      #31
    Trained
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    Horses really only need grain if they can't keep their weight on using quality hay, or they have other physical reasons (can't chew or are really hard keepers).
    Even then, there are certain feeds and grain substitutes that can be used to avoid grain based problems, such as micronized lupins, oils, coconut meal, rice meal, etc.
         
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        11-17-2009, 02:00 AM
      #32
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    Even then, there are certain feeds and grain substitutes that can be used to avoid grain based problems, such as micronized lupins, oils, coconut meal, rice meal, etc.
    Very true. My last stable made their own "senior feed" using beet pulp, alfalfa hay pellets, vitamins, and flax. It worked like a charm and there was no molasses or grain products that could possibly make the old guys' health worse (one had cushings and another was IR). They got their "soup" three times a day and did very well on it (all three horses had very few teeth left).
         
        11-17-2009, 02:19 AM
      #33
    Trained
    I bet! I'm loving keeping my horses grain free - I definitely think they are better for it.
         
        11-17-2009, 11:11 PM
      #34
    Weanling
    I went down there this evening and talked with her. Everything is going to be a-ok. Lilly will get her hay.

    I think I'm done with being a Neurotic Horse Owner...for now. Haha

    Once again thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who replied. The art/science of feeding is clearer to me.
         
        11-17-2009, 11:27 PM
      #35
    Started
    Thats good you got what you wanted.

    Im surprized alfalfa cubes go for so little. Alfalfa is always more expensive then any other hay around here. Are you in the states?
         
        11-17-2009, 11:48 PM
      #36
    Green Broke
    Alfalfa cubes go for $10-12 a bag here, but we don't grow it for horses in the South. We have to worry about blister beetles. So, all of the Alfalfa comes from the northern states, or Canada. My Alfalfa pellets set me back $14 a bag! Ouch...
         

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