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post #1 of 5 Old 08-20-2011, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question The almighty equine grain

I love the platinum performance supplement however I am not going to be able to get more for two weeks, however I also want to add grain to my horses diet becuase they need more fat on them, esspecialy with all the summer riding.
I used to feed dry cob (added to their supplement)
They like it and its inexpensive, however have heard people be completely against it could some one sum up why I should or shouldn't feed dry cob.
Also if any knows of a good inexpensive grain that would rock.
what grain do you feed and why?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-21-2011, 11:10 AM
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Contrary to popular belief, you don't need more grain to make a horse gain weight. A great source of fat/calories is oil, and you can mix it with beet pulp or with rice bran. I have my hard keeper on grass/hay, a good quality ration balancer, and soaked beet pulp with oil. I use rice bran oil. That way you don't have the 'hotness' of extra grain. Many people use different oils. I would stay away from Canola. A cold pressed oil is best.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-27-2011, 10:01 PM
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I also agree with oil. Yes you can up their grain amount, but that won't do it all on it's own nutritiously.

I feed my show horse Safechoice. The ingridients and amounts suit his work load well.
My seniors are on Nutrena Senior. Again, the ingridients are a good fit for what they do. They all get oil in the winter to help keep their weight up, since all the grass is dead.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-29-2011, 04:28 PM
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i feed my barrel horse 2 scoops of sweet feed and 2 4 oz scoops on weight builder supplement its 40% fat, one container of weight builder cost 24.95 and last half a ,month and the sweet feed is 10.97 very cheap and my horse gained his 150 pounds back on with in no time.i feed this because its cheap and i works fast

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-04-2011, 04:45 PM
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I'm feeding Tindle Trails 12%. Some of my horses are getting Calf Manna. They all get hay and access to a protein-mineral tub and salt. The Tindle Trails is $1.50 higher than cleaned oats right now, and it has a lot of beneficial stuff in it. Some of my horses also get beet pulp shreds. Rice bran is a good source of fat calories, and I like it better than oil. Rice bran oil is a common supplement, but the rice bran (which contains all of the same nutrients as the oil) is more economical and less messy.

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