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        11-27-2008, 12:36 AM
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    should I decrease her grain?

    Jubilee just got over a mild case of colic. I'm starting her back onto grain slowly. She usually gets 1 full can of grain am and pm. But winter is approaching and she's not getting worked as much. She's also on 24/hr turnout and always has access to hay. I haven't really determined if she's necessarily a hard keeper, but she is a TB. I was thinking of cutting it down to half a can am and pm instead of a full can. Would that be too much of a cutback? I don't want her to lose weight either, because I think she's at a perfect weight. I'm working her back up to grain, so should I just stop at half a can? Or should I do three-quarters?

    Thanks in advance, guys!
         
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        11-27-2008, 12:41 AM
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    Weanling
    If she isn't working very much and has free access to hay, she probably doesn't need much grain, if any. Continue to cut her back to just a little handful and see how her condition goes.
         
        11-27-2008, 07:16 AM
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    Originally Posted by BeauReba    
    If she isn't working very much and has free access to hay, she probably doesn't need much grain, if any. Continue to cut her back to just a little handful and see how her condition goes.
    I would do the same. Our experience has been that more hay means more weight, more grain means more calories/muscle for heavily worked horses.

    Our light worked mares (1-2 trail rides a week) get only one cup of grain a day + good free choice hay, and they are not thin at all and have plenty of energy.
         
        11-27-2008, 07:31 AM
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    Foal
    Cut it back to half a can AM and PM and see how her weight is. You can always substitute her grain for something like beet pulp (does nothing but add on weight/not an energy giver) OR there is a feed by Purina that is specifically for weight gain but im not too sure what its called. Use those two options if weight begin to be an issue.

    As long as she has 24/7 access to hay she should be fine.
         
        11-27-2008, 08:26 AM
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    Trained
    What grain is she currently on?
         
        11-27-2008, 09:37 AM
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    Originally Posted by jazzyrider    
    what grain is she currently on?
    Jazzy, she's on sweet feed.
         
        11-27-2008, 01:39 PM
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    Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
    Jazzy, she's on sweet feed.

    That's not grain that's candy!!!!

    I would cut it out 100%. If you notice part way through the winter she's not holding her weight up her hay or look for a complete grain feed.
         
        11-27-2008, 06:20 PM
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    Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
    Jazzy, she's on sweet feed.
    ah ok! I agree with g & k's mom then. Candy candy candy

    I have my 2 tb's on lotsa hay with beet pulp, millrun and lucerne. Totally cool, sweet free feed that is cost effective and piles on the kilos. When I recently got my new tb I expected her to drop huge weight coming off of the racehorse feed but with the beet pulp she has maintained her weight completely if not put even more on just 4 weeks.

    Rice bran is another idea but I recommend beet. I would def cut out the grain though
         
        11-27-2008, 08:08 PM
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    I agree with G and K.
    Horses do not need grain. If Jubilee has free access to hay all the time, she'll be fine IMO. She seems to be an easy keeper, and I take it you don't give the sweet feed to keep weight on her. If you arne't using it to keep weight on her, then I'd say just cut it out all together.
         
        11-27-2008, 08:15 PM
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    I agree with G and K as well but I would put her on a GOOD vitamin/mineral supplement that has probios in it to aid with the digestion of the hay ... depending upon where you are on what I would choose... you can add Beet pulp for safe SANE calories!!
         

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