Originally Posted by aqharyder
After riding I like to hang with my horse and give her grain with her supplements. She's 12, good weight, no health issues, so I'm looking for something that I can give to her without making her hot. Any suggestions?
There are no "good grains" when it comes to feeding a horse. All grains are bad for horses. Their digestive system is not designed for grain. Most people have no idea the problems that grain can lead to and the number of horses that have lived shorter than needed lives as a result of being fed grain.
Horses digestive system is designed primarily for long fiber. Grass, hay, even beet pulp (which is easily digested and has a higher nutritional value than hay). The only supplements that need to be looked at might be minerals if you want to insure the proper balance, but take the time to study what's needed. There is a wealth of information put out colleges and universities on this. Do not take the word of a feed manufacturer (they all produce just what your horse needs if you believe their hype).
Of course, as I've told people who are hooked on feeding sweet feet, no one is going to arrest you for killing your horse with a lot of feed that's not really good for it. Feeding yourself food that you shouldn't be eating and that result in health issues (e.g. Junk food) is not a crime and is much the same as feeding your horse things that aren't good for it. Would you feed you child a diet of fudge, corn, rice and fish? It doesn't seem to be all bad. Fish can be extremely good for you, but you've put in two carbs and a sugar. Not a good diet and too much carbs and omega 6 (not really good for us). Just as some foods are better for us and some are not good for us, the same applies to horses.
Horses don't do well with so much NSC (the fewer the better) so grain is a huge NO-NO.