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    02-10-2009, 09:39 PM
  #1
Yearling
What exactly is sweet feed?

I gave Gypsy some beet pulp to help her gain weight this winter. I know that is considered sweet feed. She will go back on it this summer for showing and all the extra work she will be doing.

Then there is this other kind that's like two different colored grains, they are really sticky and smell good. But I don't know why this boarder gives it to her horses instead of grain but never ever works her horses.

So I was just wondering what the different kinds are and what the "right" way to use sweet feed.
     
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    02-11-2009, 11:23 AM
  #2
mls
Trained
Sweet feed has molasses as a binder and an enticement for the horse to eat the feed. For some horses it is just fine. For others they cannot handle the sugar load - especially in the amounts some need to maintain an acceptable weight.

We like pelleted feeds better. You can feed less as the pellets break down in the stomach and the product is digested. You will not see pellets in your horses manure. Thus fewer rodents hanging around.

In cold climates, sweet feed can also freeze!
     
    02-11-2009, 11:30 AM
  #3
Showing
Mls is on target. I've never heard of beet pulp being considered a sweet feed but it is a great supplemental feed for weight gain.
     
    02-11-2009, 01:36 PM
  #4
Yearling
Really? I was told by my BO that beet pulp was sweet feed. She also had me soak the pellets in water so they would all ready be broken down and mushy. Because "they can expand in the stomach and cause problems"
     
    02-11-2009, 02:27 PM
  #5
Started
Beet Pulp is not sweet feed

And a feed does not have to have molasses to be sweet

Corn alone has 76% average sugars and starches to me that is sweet
Barley is around 54% sugars and starches
Oats around 50% sugars and starches

Sweet feed to me is ANY feed with a NSC(sugars and starches) above around 25% or higher

Pelleted feed can be just as high in NSC's as textured feed...

Most people associate textured feed as sweet

But you can have a textured feed that is beet pulp, rice bran,alfalfa shreads and a vitamin mineral package with a molasses binder that is VERY VERY low in NSC :)
     
    02-11-2009, 02:31 PM
  #6
Yearling
Ok I now this might sound stupid, so whats a textured feed?
     
    02-11-2009, 02:46 PM
  #7
Started
Textured feed is where you can SEE the ingredients normally it is a mix of corn, oats and other stuff
     
    02-11-2009, 02:53 PM
  #8
Yearling
Oh ok...

So just now reading your siggie, what do you feed your horses?
     
    02-11-2009, 02:54 PM
  #9
Started
I use Kent's horsego32 it is a low sugar starch supplement that is high in nutrition and fed a 1lb a day with free choice hay ...
     
    02-11-2009, 03:04 PM
  #10
Started
What is a ration balancer and where can you find one? this thread will help you understnad ration balancers alittle better and help you find one aval in your area
     

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