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post #11 of 15 Old 12-03-2013, 10:59 PM
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Lockwood, that's why I like to use a locally formulated supplement for my horses. I also add a little whole flax seed. The rest is all forage from my fields.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-03-2013, 11:15 PM
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A horse in light work will most likely do just fine if the grass area is large enough and topped up with hay as required. Some circumstances may require additional feeding but it's very individual to each horse.

I only feed on days my horse gets worked hard or in the coldest parts of winter
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-04-2013, 02:28 AM
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Basically IMO cereal grain is problematic to some degree in most situations, so even if a horse requires extra calories, phosphorus, whatever, there are generally healthier options IMO.

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Lots of folks believe that horses need some sort of ration balancer to maintain diet health
Ah, but I would call your loose minerals a 'ration balancer'.... assuming they appropriately balanced the grazing of your specific situation.

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I only feed on days my horse gets worked hard or in the coldest parts of winter
I think it depends what you feed, but the main problem with this regarding grain is that it is difficult for a horse to digest and process anyway, especially when not fed little & often. The horse will get little benefit and it will enhance likelihood & degree of health probs due to it's feeding. If you're feeding because a horse needs more calories, feed little & often.

If calories & nutrition aren't an issue, keep occasional treats very small(eg a handful) & if grainy, ensure it's well processed &/or only oats, not higher starch/less digestable grains. Also I wouldn't feed high starch/grainy feeds at all, even as a treat, if there was a likelihood of the horse having metabolic or gut issues.
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-04-2013, 02:47 AM
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We have 5 horses on 50 acres, they range in age from 11 years old to 6 weeks old. We were very fortunate to have had a mild summer this past year and still have plenty of grass. We feed all of them (the baby sneaks his momma's) grain but not because they need it, we do it so they will continue to come to the round pen. They all bearly get a cupful, but it keeps them coming.
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