Originally Posted by Brianna6432
Firstly, I would like to say, I'm not the one doing this - my friend is. Also, I know you don't measure in cups but oh well. Anywho, my friend was doing this with her pleasure horse who, in fact, isn't ridden a lot. I basically informed her a bit and she slowly decreased the amount to what I feed my horse - two cups a day.
If you're not feeding to the bag's recommendations, then the horse isn't really getting any benefit from the feed (vitamins/minerals). Two cups a day is not enough.
That said, most pleasure horses don't need much grain. So, to keep your horse's nutritional levels up, you need to add a vitamin/mineral supplement to the grain. Something like Select II, GrandVite, SmartPak's SmartVite Grass, etc.
Or you can switch to a complete "ration balancer" type feed that you only need to feed 1-2 lbs a day, like Growstrong
, Triple Crown's 12% supplement
, Buckeye Gro'n Win
, Progressive ProAdvantage
Here's a good article on ration balancer feeds: Ration Balancer Benefits