Originally Posted by kimberlyrae1993 View Post
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My BO is an older man set in his way.. I pay nothing to board there.. but I feed my own feed not his he suggested it but my horse is underweight so I have her on good diet but he also puts a cap of bleach in his water trough.. I think is bizarre..
Oh, how I do wish all horse owners had to take, and pass
, a class on horse nutrition and digestion.
All grains are bad for horses. Corn is the worst, followed by oats and (I believe) barley (but it's been a while since my studies so barley might not be in the top 3). The grains fed have historically based on what was most readily available and "cheap"
, but that's not what's important here.
Grains are bad for the same reasons. To much NSC on the nutritional side, but just as bad (and in many ways worse) is that it negatively impacts their digestive health by impacting the number of the microbes that horses must have in the hindgut to digest the long fiber which are crucial to the best health of a horse. Grains also result in an increase in microbes that thrive on grains, but are not good for the horse's health and digestion. (so much for the cheat notes, of the Readers Digest version of one chapter, in a class on equine nutrition
I'm sure that today you can dig a lot of this up on line. A class gives more details, but the basics of the importance of what's best should all be available online.
As for needed to put weight on your horse. The best two items I'm aware of (and have tried) are beet pulp and copra.
Both are healthy for the horse, easy to digest, provide more nutrition and calories/lb and are low in NSC and sugar (unless the beet pulp has molasses added, in which case you'll need to soak and drain it off)
Beet pulp is fiber that digests very easy in the hindgut using up less calories in the process.
Copra digest supper easily before ever reaching the hindgut and provides loads of calories/energy straight into the system.
(Don't advise either of these for easy keepers unless you are working them hard and keeping them monitored).