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  • My horses have run out of grass. what is a good supplement for them besides hay and grain

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    03-28-2013, 09:03 AM
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Foal
supplements?

My two horses have been on pasture 24/7 for at least 2 years (thats as long as I have had them) In the winter they got 24/7 hay and some sweet feed once a day. But now after 2 years i'm ready to bring them home to my house. They will be turned out from roughly 8am to 8pm then put in their stalls every night. I will be keeping these two horses on about an acre and there isn't much grass (if any). They will always have 24/7 access to grass/mix hay. Also after I get them home i'm going to slowly get them off sweet feed and on some normal grain twice a day.

My questions?
1. Do you have any suggestions on what to look at when I pick out a new grain?
2. Do you think I should give them daily supplements (like multi-vitamins)?
     
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    03-28-2013, 04:57 PM
  #2
Weanling
Depending on what your horses are doing will depend on what grain to give. If you want something that is just like a filler then I would just feed a supplement grain. Its not relay grain and both nutrena and Purina sells a type of feed like that. I think Purina is called naturals essentials, and it comes in I think 3 bags. (Have not look in some time) Depending on what your horses need. If your horses are just pasture horses then grass and the supplement should be fine. However if they work then that's a whole new topic. Depending on what they do, how many hours.... So forth. Let me know.
     
    03-29-2013, 10:44 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Freemare    
Depending on what your horses are doing will depend on what grain to give. If you want something that is just like a filler then I would just feed a supplement grain. Its not relay grain and both nutrena and Purina sells a type of feed like that. I think Purina is called naturals essentials, and it comes in I think 3 bags. (Have not look in some time) Depending on what your horses need. If your horses are just pasture horses then grass and the supplement should be fine. However if they work then that's a whole new topic. Depending on what they do, how many hours.... So forth. Let me know.
I plan on riding Twice a week and doing some ground work daily. I would say maybe 4 to 5 hours of work a week but not heavy work at all I don't think my horse has ever broke a sweat
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    03-29-2013, 11:47 AM
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Trained
First, I would re- think stalling them. A three-sided run in shed is really all they need. 24/7 access to decent hay and maybe a vit/min supplement or a ration balancer is really all they need with this type of work.
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    03-29-2013, 12:39 PM
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If their good weight wise just feed hay and a vit min supplement most horse do just fine with no grain.

Doesn't sound like they will be working very hard so leave out grain. Feed lots of hay if pasture is available then that too.
     
    03-30-2013, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
First, I would re- think stalling them. A three-sided run in shed is really all they need. 24/7 access to decent hay and maybe a vit/min supplement or a ration balancer is really all they need with this type of work.
Well they have to be stalled every night that's just how it is. I know hundreds of people that stall their horse all night and some 24/7 so it not that big of a deal.
     
    03-30-2013, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
If their good weight wise just feed hay and a vit min supplement most horse do just fine with no grain.

Doesn't sound like they will be working very hard so leave out grain. Feed lots of hay if pasture is available then that too.
Right now they are at a good weight so I think I will try to just feed hay and a vitamin supplement. But of course if I see any weight lose I will find a grain for them. Do you suggest any good vitamin supplement.
     
    03-30-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mistysms    
Well they have to be stalled every night that's just how it is. I know hundreds of people that stall their horse all night and some 24/7 so it not that big of a deal.
Since you said you're bringing them home, I assumed you'd have their wellfare in mind and the possibility to keep them natural, just like they lived before. My bad. Sorry
     
    03-30-2013, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by mistysms    
Right now they are at a good weight so I think I will try to just feed hay and a vitamin supplement. But of course if I see any weight lose I will find a grain for them. Do you suggest any good vitamin supplement.
The supplement I use is based on what my hay lacks. My hay is tested so I know what its missing.

I have a nutritionist who mixes up my supplement for me. And just so you know deserthorse is only concerned for the horses well being.

Horses are better off outside not locked up in a stall. Just because others lock their horses in stalls doesn't mean its right. Yeah they survive but the effects of it aren't aways appearent to the owner who is clueless.

My horse live outside 24 7 I only have 5 acers 3 is for the horses so lack of land has nothing to do with it. My horses welfare is top prority period.
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    03-30-2013, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
The supplement I use is based on what my hay lacks. My hay is tested so I know what its missing.

I have a nutritionist who mixes up my supplement for me. And just so you know deserthorse is only concerned for the horses well being.

Horses are better off outside not locked up in a stall. Just because others lock their horses in stalls doesn't mean its right. Yeah they survive but the effects of it aren't aways appearent to the owner who is clueless.

My horse live outside 24 7 I only have 5 acers 3 is for the horses so lack of land has nothing to do with it. My horses welfare is top prority period.
I understand almost everyone on here has the well being of the horses in mind. For me tho the well being of MY horses are my NUMBER 1 priority!! I know its natural for horse to be out 24/7 but that's not how i'm doing things. (they will be stalled at night one for health reasons, I should have said that in the beginning) And once they are better I might start leaving them out at night more but I can't make that choice tell it happens. I also have appointments made for once a month for 5 month to make sure the change isn't hurting them and they are still health. Believe me I worry to much when it comes to my horse and the vet sees them all the time.
     

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