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    04-19-2012, 08:07 AM
  #21
Showing
Most of mine are on pasture and do just fine. Those that get worked on a regular basis & my growing youngsters get a ration balancer cut with a small amt of oats so they think they are getting spoiled. I have 2 that get joint supplements that get just a handful of oats with their supps. The only one that gets hard feed is my old man, at 30 he's pretty lacking in the teeth department and requires a bit more to maintain his weight. He gets a mash of beet pulp, alfalfa cubes, sr feed and a fat supp. They all have access to mineral blocks.
     
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    04-19-2012, 08:46 AM
  #22
Yearling
I grain both of mine. They are on a pasture with not much grass. They eat Nutrena SafeChoice, one gets 3 qts 2x/day and the other 6 qt 2x/day and they eat about 12-14 lbs of hay a day
     
    04-19-2012, 09:14 AM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Rublani    
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.
I feed the rolled oats. I believe, please correct me if I am wrong, the processing changes how much they get out of feed. There isn't a whole lot in a rolled oat and they are cheap.
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    04-19-2012, 09:44 AM
  #24
mls
Trained
Working, growing and breeding stock - which are currently all of our personal horses.

We feed per need. Some might get a few cups, some get a few pounds.

OP - if you are going to grain, you should be consistent. Not pounds one day and then nothing for three days. That is more the issue with causing founder and colic than over fed horses.
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    04-19-2012, 09:51 AM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Rublani    
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.
In Winter horses need more Hay to help warm them internally. Not oats or grain of any sort provide the internal warmth that Hay provides.

I do and have grain fed my horses over the years along with free choice high quality Bermuda Grass hay. Our pasture has had very little good grass for the horses to graze on. I am down to one horse now and she is a 25y/o and in excellent flesh/condition. She gets 2 1/2 pounds of a custom mixed corn and pelleted feed morning and evening. Plus all the Hay she can eat.
     
    04-19-2012, 10:13 AM
  #26
Foal
I feed 3 times a day every day. I only wanted to do twice a day but since I can't get them to eat hay I feed them the timothy/alphafa mixture that's in a bag and its all chopped up.
     
    04-19-2012, 10:23 AM
  #27
Started
I only grain when weightloss is a problem and as a treat after rides.
     
    04-19-2012, 10:28 AM
  #28
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We grain quite a few of our horses because they are often being rehabilitated or are really hard keepers (darned OTTBs).

As far as I know, none of our Quarter Horses are on grain right now, just pasture and free choice roundbales of timothy/alfalfa hay- and only the miniature horses with a consistant job (driving, broodmares, etc) are getting grain year- round, and they only get a few handfulls of Purina Horse and Pony, then a flake of hay each. We used to free-feed that as well, but they were getting too fat.

Our TBs and lesson horses are the only ones who are fed grain constantly, and that's because the lesson horses put in 15-18 hours of work every week. They're fed Purina Adult Complete. Two or three of our horses are on special diets as well, usually of rice bran, alfalfa cubes, and corn oil.- but otherwise that's about it.

The weanlings and yearlings (when we have them) are usually on Omleen 400 and pasture/free choice hay.
     
    04-19-2012, 10:35 AM
  #29
Trained
I only feed grain in the winter months to keep up their muscle and get added vitamins and if I get one that is poor. It's a good dry non sweet pellet feed, no sugar.

Other than that they are on hay and good pasture with free access to a vitamin and mineral block. They are horses, they eat grass! LOL!
Make sure it's good quality hay and tested for important nutrients/minerals and they'll be fine!
     
    04-19-2012, 10:39 AM
  #30
Yearling
The reason horses started getting fed grain rations goes back to many decades ago. That is back when they were necessary for farm and ranch work and had little opportunity to eat and graze as their ancestors did. Thus, they needed supplementing of their diets to give them the energy to do their days work. As today's horses are required to do less,in some cases supplementing with grain rations is not a necessity, but a "feel good" thing for his or her owner. In general terms, the necessity for supplementing is in the
"eyes of the beholder". Just don't go overboard with your horse's requirements for being in "good flesh".
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