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    10-02-2008, 09:30 AM
  #1
Weanling
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I'm having a hard time finding out information about this online. I swear somewhere along the line I've heard that sweet feed contributes to horses being too "hot" especially when they're not being worked regularly. I looked at a gelding last night who had maybe been ridden 3 times this summer and understandably, he was full of beans. They have him on a 10% sweet feed mix, but the guy obviously hasn't been worked with much.

Is sweet feed generally a good grain to be feeding? Can someone educate me on it and other grain suggestions? I do have a lot of horse nutrition/health books I just got from the library that I plan on scouring, but I've never had a horse in my care before and thought the forum would be a good jumping off point.
     
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    10-02-2008, 09:47 AM
  #2
Started
Sweet feeds are high in sugars and starches which is like feeding pop and candy to a kid ...

The higher the NSC the more hyper it has the potential to make your horse
     
    10-02-2008, 09:50 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Peggysue
Sweet feeds are high in sugars and starches which is like feeding pop and candy to a kid ...

The higher the NSC the more hyper it has the potential to make your horse
That's what I thought! Thank you. Suggestions on an alternate feed? He wouldn't need fattening up, just weight maintenance, and would be worked between 1-3 days/week through the winter.
     
    10-02-2008, 09:52 AM
  #4
Started
HMMM

What type of hay is he on?? How much of the sweet feed is it taking to maintane his weight now?? What brands do you have avaliable to you? Or you can PM or post your zip that way I can find what you can get ...
     
    10-02-2008, 10:02 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Peggysue
HMMM

What type of hay is he on?? How much of the sweet feed is it taking to maintane his weight now?? What brands do you have avaliable to you? Or you can PM or post your zip that way I can find what you can get ...
He's not my guy yet, just one I'm looking at. But, if I were to take him, he would be on a round bale of mostly pasture grass with clover and alfalfa. I don't know how much sweet feed they're giving him per day but could ask.

PM'ing you now!
     
    10-02-2008, 10:06 AM
  #6
Started
OK give me a few to do some digging and see what you can adn cant' get ... I will post later with all my results hopefully there is more then one to choose from :)
     
    10-02-2008, 10:10 AM
  #7
Weanling
Thank you so much! You're the feed guru around here, it seems
     
    10-02-2008, 10:44 AM
  #8
Started
Your welcome I just know enough to get in trouble with :) I have done alot of personal research and have a bit of schooling behind me but keeping my babies healthy is a passion with me
     
    10-02-2008, 12:35 PM
  #9
Weanling
Got your PM, thanks for al the great help and guidance. :)
     
    10-02-2008, 01:14 PM
  #10
Started
When you search look for sugars starches horse diet
Here are a few I found that will help you :)

http://www.barefoothooves.net/id70.html


http://www.equussource.com/docs/eq/0...orsesmyths.pdf

http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pb...83/1003/NEWS02
     

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