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post #1 of 3 Old 09-13-2007, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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VItamins/Minerals in diet

I'm thinking about getting my horses off the grain (getting fat :) ). My question is how to substitute all those vitamins and minerals added to the grain mixes? I know number of people on forum don't feed grain (or feed just little). What do you do to provide the horse with those?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-14-2007, 09:15 AM
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Can you just cut back on the amount of grain you are feeding? I feed a pelleted all around horse feed year round and add a supplement only in the winter. I figure they get enough nutrients when they are on pasture 24/7 but once they are on hay-dry lot for winter they need the extra vitamins menerals. I always adjust my feed by the way the horse looks, if they are getting fat I will cut back and add more if they look a little skinny.
I use vita-plus by farnum for the supplement
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-14-2007, 12:09 PM
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When all my horses were easy keepers, I fed a very small amount of rolled oats mixed with pelleted alfalfa in a 2:1 ratio (to balance the calcium and phosphorus) and topped it with a bit of corn oil for shine and Opt-E-Horse supplement. It is the best all around supplement I've found. Basically they just got enough oats and alf. so that they would eat the opt-e. Of course they got free choice good quality hay and salt/mineral block, and lots of good clean H2O.
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