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  • Can you give a horse just timothy hay?

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    04-17-2012, 09:48 PM
  #11
Foal
Am I the only one who feeds their horse Senior feed? We don't have a lot of grass or any good hay at the moment. I take my horses out every day to graze for 30 minutes on the green lush grass behind our house. We give them 3 cups in the morning and at night pluse alphalfa/timothy hay mix. My other horse I also give him beet pulp because he is super thin.
     
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    04-17-2012, 11:16 PM
  #12
Foal
Lots of people grain, I think us that don't came out of the woodwork at this post. I had crappy hay in northern virginia because you don't really have a choice unless you are willing to pay $50+ for a 600 lb bale....they had 24/7 access and weren't grained and maintained fine even with consistent work. Its pretty impressive how many horses' metabolisms will adjust to what is given to them with time.
     
    04-18-2012, 05:52 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Rublani    
Am I the only one who feeds their horse Senior feed? We don't have a lot of grass or any good hay at the moment. I take my horses out every day to graze for 30 minutes on the green lush grass behind our house. We give them 3 cups in the morning and at night pluse alphalfa/timothy hay mix. My other horse I also give him beet pulp because he is super thin.

Like 94bronco said this thread brought out the ones who don't.

When I do it is a Senior Feed, or Compete by Life Choice(I think) or Wingo if I can get it. Then I cut it with rolled oats to make it go a little further, like a filler.

Again my horses are on pasture, and it is just to get them to come up so I can take a look at them.
     
    04-18-2012, 06:01 PM
  #14
Showing
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
My horses are out on pasture, the only reason I grain a little is to get them to come up to the gate so I can look at them. They have a tendency to get cut up. If I catch them I will give them a little while I am saddling too. If they are getting worked hard they get grained.

The last trainer I worked for never grained the horses in training. They got alfalfa cubes twice a day. Of course they were stalled, but they were worked 5/6 days a week. They all were in excellent condition and beautiful.
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^^This. I never grain my horses unless they are having issues holding weight, but even then, I go for something more like senior feed or alfalfa pellets for the concentrated fat/protein.

I suppose if I was working them hard on a daily basis, I probably would give them a little something to keep them going, but frankly, it would be virtually impossible for a pleasure trail rider to work their horses so hard that they would need something more.

Even my customer horses, who get worked 4-7 days a week (depending on their needs) only get good quality alfalfa hay and free access minerals. They stay fat and slick and happy.

I am a very firm believer that most horses in the world are grossly overfed. Horses being given full or double rations of grains and sweet feeds when they are nothing more than pasture puffs or pleasure trail horses. I honestly believe that's why colic and founder seem to be so darn common.

Truthfully, if they were my horses being moved to this new place, I would just see how they do with what is available there. Most horses do just fine on free access hay and stay at a healthy weight. If your horses don't, then you can worry about whether to grain them or what kind of grain to feed.
     
    04-18-2012, 06:18 PM
  #15
Green Broke
My horses do what I consider very light work-2-4 hours a week each. They get hay,salt w/ minerals, & I give carrots, apples, citrus skins as treats. Melons & other fruit when I have it. I usually keep some alfalfa cubes on hand & those are treats also. If I need it I have beet pulp to give if I think they are dropping some weight. They do have a shelter to stand under & it is matted there. They are seniors & have plenty of "go".
     
    04-18-2012, 06:21 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    

I am a very firm believer that most horses in the world are grossly overfed. Horses being given full or double rations of grains and sweet feeds when they are nothing more than pasture puffs or pleasure trail horses. I honestly believe that's why colic and founder seem to be so darn common.
YES!!!!
I totally agree with this!
Food does NOT equal love.

I don't mind seeing a rib, you definitely should be able to feel ribs, not fat rolls...
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    04-19-2012, 07:19 AM
  #17
Foal
Grain

I only have 1 horse on the beet pulp because we can see and feel the ribs. I have had him on it since Sunday and I can already see and feel a difference! My other boy is beautiful. Oh I just got the other horse on Sunday that's why he is skin and bones. As far as the crimpt oats, are those good to give in the summer? I thought you only give them in the winter to keep them warm and of course it fills them up.
     
    04-19-2012, 07:55 AM
  #18
Cat
Green Broke
For the most part my horses get hay (pasture in summer) and a mineral block. The only exception to this is my three year old who seems to be needing extra right now to maintain his weight so he gets some pelleted feed to supplement.
     
    04-19-2012, 08:00 AM
  #19
Foal
Mine just arent into hay. I had some I bought from Tractor store and none of them would eat it. I went to my friends and got some of her hay and 1 took a bite and the other guy wouldnt touch it. I know my mares will eat it because they are still at this ladys barn. LONG story. Hopefully they will be coming home today or the next few days.
     
    04-19-2012, 08:03 AM
  #20
Green Broke
We "grain" our TB because she's an hard keeper, especially through the winter. We use beet pulp, alfalfa pellets and rice bran (currently making switch to Empower Boost and really liking what I'm seeing so far) for her - twice a day.
My little paint mare is the polar opposite and we have to work to keep the weight OFF of her, so no grain for her.
I'm not a fan of graining every horse or the mindset that they "need" grain, I only add things to the diet when I see indications that they are needed.
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