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        01-03-2008, 06:32 PM
    Need Grain Help!!

    I have a 13 year old paint mare that I use for gaming and drill. I recently got her and she is very slender. She hasn't lost any weight but hasn't gained any either. We do practices twice a week now and it is getting to be a lot of work. I want to start giving her grain but I don't know what would be best and what will not maker her hot. I also thought about adding canola or corn oil to her grain. But first I have to figure out what grain to give.
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        01-03-2008, 10:51 PM
    Usually grain doesnt make a horse hot
    Its there sugar supplement or their sweet feed
        01-03-2008, 10:55 PM
    Green Broke
    I give my horse advantage Equine it has rele helped him out alot in the oast 6 months I have been giving you know what breand of grain is sold around where you live? Also do you give her hay?
        01-04-2008, 01:04 AM
    Steer clear of corn unless you plan on racing her.... LOL, it WILL make her hot.

    Barley and oats are not too bad if you keep it in moderation but I would suggest taklking to someone at your feed store about the level of work she does and get them to recommend a pellet for her. :)
        01-04-2008, 03:45 AM
    Yes I feed usually 2 flakes of orchard grass morning and night, sometimes 3. I guess I'm really just looking for something that will keep the weight on without making her hot. I want to make sure she gets what she needs for the winter workouts. =]
        01-04-2008, 11:07 AM
    If your horse will hold weight with just hay and a ration balancer, that is the best way to go. But if you need a little extra energy, you can simply add a bit of fat to that. Otherwise you can use any of the balanced feeds available on the market. I would choose a pelleted one rather than a grain based feed.

    Be sure and choose something that is easily available in your area. And if you know what brands of feed are available at your local feedstore you can do a bit of research online before you go in to the feedstore.
        01-04-2008, 01:51 PM
    Ok thanks. She can hold the weight with the hay for now, but she could use a little more weight on her and she isn't picking that up with just the hay.
        01-04-2008, 04:51 PM
    I should have mentioned that I'm a really big fan of ration balancers because you only feed between 1 and 3 lbs a day to balance the diet and provide energy. This means less bag hauling and less risk of colic since you are feeding less concentrate feed.
        01-04-2008, 08:47 PM
    Beet pulp is excellent for putting on and maintaining weight. It is similar nutritionally to hay, and with a little bit of fat supplement she would be energetic but not hot.
        01-04-2008, 11:26 PM
    Green Broke
    I totally agree with lacey.. I forgot about beet pulp but it does work really good! May want to try it :)

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