Really? That would mean there are many horses that are starving eating hay. It doesn't have great nutrition but it does have adequate, unless its like straw.
I guess I better go buy a bunch of feed for our horses that have been basically on just hay for the last year. They are all pleasantly plump, even the one that is usually a hard keeper.
The OP asked how to reduce costs. Since their horse has hay 24/7, the extra feed is not necessary. The horse will survive with just hay. If there are supplements needed like vitamin A or for its joints, that could be given with something like beet pulp, which is nutritional too.
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Calories and nutrition are two different things. You can have enuf of one without the other. Your post was pretty uneducated. You should probably figure out what you're talking about before you decide to get rude and sarcastic :)
The op also stated that she DIDN'T want to short change her horse on NUTRITION. A hay only diet (unless she has her hay tested and it comes back perfect.., highly unlikely) is going to take away most of the nutrition and leave her with the calories of the hay. The result could be hoof health suffers, hair coat suffers, etc etc.,, lots of things could happen if you take away a horses complete nutrition.
I also use a rb. Rb's aren't "grain." They don't contain any cereal grains,... Not any that I've ever seen anyways. They are highly concentrated and meant to be fed at around 1lb per 1,000lb horse per day. They are low NSC BC they don't contain "grains," such as corn, oats, etc. Posted via Mobile Device