*Warning: I'm not a nutritionist, so I'm about to sound like a fool.
Since my question was almost too long to fit in the little boxy thing...Can I not feed grain if I use a vitamin and mineral supplement daily?
Our pastures aren't great. Mostly weeds, stemmy grass.
My mare is on the PSSM diet. High fat/low starch/low carb/low sugar. Vet's orders. She has to eat this way for the rest of her life, so I really have to find something that will work for the both of us.
Currently, it's working for her but not for me. The "grain" I use (in combination with rice bran and oil) is a super expensive, low everything/high fat supplement. To feed the recommended amount of three pounds daily, I have to buy a new 20 pound bucket every couple of days. Ouch. Right in the wallet.
I originally used it for two purposes: to get her to eat her rice bran (because Omegatin tastes way better than rice bran, apparently), and to fulfill her vitamin/mineral requirement I was pretty sure our nasty pasture wasn't going to do.
She's gotten to where she will eat rice bran straight, so I no longer need to mix it in there just for her to eat it.
Soooo... To the original question. If I add a vitamin and mineral supplement to her rice bran, is that enough?
(If not, I CAN keep up the grain hunt and look for something cheaper.)