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        07-02-2013, 02:21 AM
    A couple questions.

    So the barn I'm at, I'm not very satisfied with. Sure, they have all the amenities and lots and lots of (not so sane/smart) horse people around, but they literally have NO grass for grazing. Maybe a few wimpy patches of weeds here and there in the tiny 'pastures' (these pastures can only hold one horse and they aren't even as big as the average arena. It's absolutely ridiculous. Now, they do kind of make up for it with hay, but it's just so dusty out there and absolutely no grass. I kind of feel bad, considering grass is a huge part of the horses diet ever since the beginning of time, you know.
    So, do you guys have any suggestions for maybe substituting for lack of grazing during the day? I don't want a huge chunk missing from my horse's diet. I would like him healthy(:

    Another question, what are your thought on oats? I have a friend who gives her horse maybe one scoop after rides. I've heard you can mix it with molasses and add in maybe some fruit. But is there any purpose to it or is it just a treat? Also, what's the difference between rolled oats and any other oats?
    Just curious!
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        07-02-2013, 02:51 AM
    My horse gets alfalfa and grass hay three times a day, and he's in good weight. No supplements. No grain. No pasture. If you want to give your horse something to do all day, supply him with a hay net stuffed with grass hay.
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        07-03-2013, 04:38 PM
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    Oats have very little nutritional value and really only serve as calorie givers. No idea why you'd put molasses or fruit in it, it would just be empty calories and sweets to hype your horse up. If you did feed oats your horse will eat them just fine if they're plain.

    There are ration balancers that you can buy for horses who only get hay, to level out their ratio of Omega 3 and 6 as well as give them the vitamins they might be missing with no pasture. Check out one of those if you're worried.

    Also, if it is very dusty or sandy where your horse is, make sure that he is dosed frequently with Sand Clear or pure psyllium (cheaper) to flush the dust or sand out of his system. Otherwise he may end up with sand colic/impaction. We dry lot our horses (no grass) and used to have frequent sand colic cases. After starting psyllium though we've had no cases in two years!

    What kind of hay is he getting?

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