Grain.. ARggg!

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    11-19-2011, 07:28 PM
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Grain.. ARggg!

Time to put my horse back on grain.

In the summer we take her off of it due to her getting enough pasture/hay and can maintain her weight fine.

Since its getting colder the grass is becoming non-existant. Last year I had her on 3 qts of hunter from blue seal.. two times a day.. which was maintaining her weight.. but I took her off it a little later then normal and I noticed it cause her coat to bleach out.. I know this because a couple weeks after I took her off it her normal coat color came right back and it wasn't her winter coat cause it was still in the 70s at the time.

She usually is in heavy work 4-5 times a week w/t/c .. jumping but because of my job its less.. 2-3 times a week but still when I work her its physcially demanding still.

Suggestions??? She isn't an extremely hard keeper but she doesn't quite qualify as an easy keep either..
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    11-20-2011, 01:02 AM
Just get her some reg sweet feed. I really don't use a brand its just what the horse feed store makes. I feed 1 scoop to my boy all year but theres not much grass outside ever. I ride him 4 days a week he's A 4 year old. We do western and english. But I think some reg sweet feed would be just fine it keep the weight on her.
    11-20-2011, 01:26 AM
I would stay away from sweet feed...would you feed your kid candy everyday? My horses(14yr old OTTB, 36yr old arab/QH and 20ish appy) all do well on triple crown senior, it is very low starch and sugar but because it's senior it has a decent amount of fat and calories.
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    11-22-2011, 10:17 PM
Agreed. Sweet feed, ick. First, have a vet check her teeth, second, have a fecal egg check done on her poo by a vet for any worms. Then get her on a high fiber and fat diet, NOT a high sugar diet, such as sweet feed. Sweet feed gains weight with sugar, while it does its job, you need to feed a lot of it to make a difference and then you have a over reactive energetic horse on your hands, not to mention the unhealthiness of it.

I would recommend lots of beet pulp and rice bran, beet pulp has lots of fiber and rice bran has fat.

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