Another one here for providing more roughage & avoiding grain where possible, especially if she's already an easy keeper. There are healthier alternatives if the horse needs more calories, but if you must feed grain, make sure it's well processed, relatively low NSC and is fed little & often(not just a couple of big feeds daily) with a lot of roughage.
Originally Posted by Wheatermay
We always used grain/corn sweet feed, ..... when hunters set up deer feeding stations, they usually use corn to fatten up the deer.
Hi, Corn is not only very difficult for a horse's system to digest, but is VERY high in NSC/starch, so is not a really safe feed for horses, from the point of view of lami, hind gut probs, etc. Interesting you mention hunters feeding it to deer - I don't know how widespread the practice & problems are, but in researching different ungulates I came up with a lot of reports of laminitic, ski footed deer - either those that were fed by hunters or those who lived too close to people & ate a lot of 'junk food' like bread.