Good grain to use for adding supplements?

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    09-07-2013, 04:10 PM
Good grain to use for adding supplements?

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?

Thank you!
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    09-07-2013, 04:28 PM
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I would go with either a ration balancer [like Triple Crown 30% or Purina's Enrich 32...though I think Purina just changed Enrich's name] or just some simple hay pellets.
    09-07-2013, 04:42 PM
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?

Thank you!
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.
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    09-07-2013, 05:27 PM
I probably should have listed what I've been using, I sometimes use "grain" as a generic word, which I realize now is confusing. I have been giving her Strategy pellets, just a couple of scoops, to put her supplements in it, but I was just wondering what other people use as she seems tired of it. Her regular feed is grass hay.

Thank you for the help.
    09-07-2013, 05:38 PM
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Something you might want to do is check out "FeedXL". It's a really great website where you can enter in what you're feeding and how much, and the website, using information you've entered about your horse+diet, will determine if she's getting everything she needs in her diet to be healthy. If she's not getting enough of something, there will often be suggestions of what might be needed in the diet - like loose salt or that sort of thing.

Of course, I sound like an ad for them now! Haha But really, it's a super great investment and it's helped me so much with my mare's diet.
AND there's a half-off sale, with the code of "AFUSGT" going on right now! So a month's subscription, to the version that gets you the really "extra" stuff is only $10. I think the average, basic overview, one might be something like $5. Anyway, it's super affordable at that price and you might discover some stuff you didn't know! [not to mention that FeedXL is SUPER fun! Haha *Nerd Alert!!*]
    09-07-2013, 05:38 PM
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Like Wallaby said, a ration balancer may be good. I've used Triple Crown 30%. My mare didn't find it super palatable, however. I'm now using Triple Crown Lite, and my mare loves it. She gets two pounds a day of Lite, plus her supplements.
    09-07-2013, 05:41 PM
Thank you so much, Wallaby, I will take a look at the website. I was actually just looking at the two you suggested, and unless I see something else on the website you just gave me, I think I'm going to give the Enrich 32 a try.

Thanks again!!!
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    11-14-2013, 03:05 AM
Just wanted to update that I have been giving my mare the Purina Enrich to mix her supplements in, and it is working out great. She loves it, and it is working out great. Thank you for the suggestion, Wallaby.
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