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post #11 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 01:45 AM
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Just wanted to say that our horses have been on sweet feed for 30+ years and we have never had a problem with it. In fact, we have less colics than the barn I ued to work at, which feeds Blue Seal pellets. Our horses are very healthy, and not hot in the slightest bit. Then again, they are out nearly 24/7. We have never had problems feeding sweet feed.
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post #12 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 06:57 AM
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Kitten, do you have any idea how offensive and supercilious this phrase is? My two TWHs are trail horses; they were not cheap, are not cheap now, and never will be cheap--in any way, shape or form. They have top pedigree lines. They get the very best feed, housing, tack and treatment that I can possibly give them. To consider "trail horses" cheap is the worst kind of snobbery that gives high-falutin' show people a bad name!!!

And, a dear friend of mine who shows TWHs, both of whom are World Grand Champions, is extremely down-to-earth, has regular ole trail horses, and I ride one of her show horses on the trail all the time.

Shame on you!!!!
rider4life, MY own horses are trail horses mostly. Who get the best care ever and will not be sold for expensive horse and IN FACT fed better then horses in super barns around. And I do NOT show them, BTW. And even though they have good lines they were (and I think still are) CHEAP comparable to show horses around here. So I feel NO shame what so ever.

By expensive horse I mean $10,000K+ jumper/cutter/whatever. MOST trail horses are $1 - 3K because people will not use super expensive horse for trail riding only (although may be there are exceptions I've never heard of), which is cheap comparable to the show horse. Also most trail horses are kept in not-so-fancy barns, which feed the same sweet feed super fancy barns do.

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post #13 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 07:41 AM
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Here in Arkansas right now, you can find those bomb proof, husband proof, kid horses for $500-$1,000... I just bought one for $1,100, delivered!

I agree with you though, I understood what she was saying. "Low maintanence" type horses that don't normally get "top care" like expensive show horses (fancy barns, clipped, blanketed, lots of supplements, etc.).
It's about same price range here in MD (and it's an expensive area). For $1-2K you can find nice trail horse with papers. Gaited horses are little more expensive $2-4K.

Most people I know take a great care of their trail horses but you are right - no clipping, vacuuming, and such. Actually I vacuum mine and clip the head for them to look pretty, but it's must for my own pleasure, don't know anyone else trail riding doing that.

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post #14 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 08:01 AM
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i've aways used 10-11% sweet feed made by Bartlet, also known as Pasture Horse. I aways feed 2 quarts a day. And I feed 1 time a day. My horses are definaty not hot. Infact my horse is pretty lazy. I've never had a horse colic ever. And my horses enjoy the food. (but I think they'd enjoy ANY food lol!) but yes that's my opinion. I've never had any problems with it. It's the easiest thing to buy. And one of the best things to buy around here. I get it from a local feed store. As places like tractor supply don't have very good quality(in my opinion). So I see no harm in using it what so ever. Unless your giving them 6 quarts or more. And not in moderation then it could cause them to get hot.


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post #15 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 09:43 AM
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There is something else the sugars in sweet feed can do to kidneys and thru urine, but I can't remember what it is for the life of me.

As for the prior mentioned show horse/trail horse 55K to grade thing......

Most realize you were using that as an example, BUT - this brings up a point I've seen.

Wouldn't yall agree that an expensive show horse is no more a quality living entity than a $500 trail horse?
Isn't a grade horse just as a deserving soul of equal care to the expensive show horse? I do.

Pretty sad that some don't

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post #16 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 09:47 AM
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Sweet Feed causes insulin resistance. You know how its sticky? That's all molasses. Molasses=Sugar. Its like me eating a bag of MnMs everyday as part of my dinner. I would hesitate to give it to any type of stock horse, because they are known to have a high rate of insulin resistance. Its like giving refined sugar to a diabetic.

Sweet feed costs about the same per bag as the brand of pellets I use. Sweet feed sometimes freezes in the winter. It has ALOT of fillers in the less expensive brands. If you insist upon sweet feed I suggest a kind which is high in fiber and better quality.
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post #17 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 09:50 AM
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I agree with sillybunny.

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I'm actually at the point were I don't think my horses even need grain. They get about 2 quarts/ per day. I think graining is done alot because people don't want to spend the money and give more hay, or it makes the onwers feel better.

I might switch over to just 2-3 quarts of alf. Pellets, corn oil and flax along with my mares hoof and joint supplements. (with of course unlimited access to grazing.) They only get grained once a day.

Most boarding places arent flexible when it comes to the type of grain they provide. Always ask about their grain policy.
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post #19 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 10:10 AM
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Sweet feed costs about the same per bag as the brand of pellets I use. Sweet feed sometimes freezes in the winter. It has ALOT of fillers in the less expensive brands. If you insist upon sweet feed I suggest a kind which is high in fiber and better quality.
Are you sure the pellets don't have any molasses? Pellets are not sticky but if you look at the ingredients usually it say molasses (and corn). Frankly I couldn't find any molasses-free pellets for the same price as sweet feed (I WISH I could though ). It's always more expensive (I'm talking about Triple Crown (I use now, the cheapest I could find), Purina (that one is VERE expensive), Buckeyes (spell), and it was also Triumph, but I'm not sure it still exists).
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post #20 of 40 Old 01-13-2010, 10:43 AM
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Pelleted feed do usually cost more, but you feed less!
They are heavier per volume and easier for the horse to digest! And yes... some pellets do have cereal grains and molasses!
I like Tindle feeds forage first formulas! One bag of Healthy-glo is $25.00, but lasts me a month and 10 days! You only have to feed 1/2 to 2lbs a day depending on activity level!

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