Grain free? Anyone do no grain diet?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Grain free? Anyone do no grain diet?

This is a discussion on Grain free? Anyone do no grain diet? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category

Like Tree18Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-30-2013, 10:28 AM
Green Broke
Grain free? Anyone do no grain diet?

Someone I just met, says she stays away completely from grain in horse's diet.

She and I are going to talk at length later about this, how it would do with stall horses, and how much hay is upped, and frequency of feedings.

But does anyone here not feed any grain to stall horses. I can see it more in field/pasture but stalls?

Hopefully someone on here is doing this and can give their experiences.
Sponsored Links
    03-30-2013, 10:39 AM
A trainer I worked for never grained or supplemented the horses in training. All they got was alfalfa cubes twice a day. The horses beautiful, slick, shiny and shown/won at the open level at AQHA and NRCHA.
It really does make one think twice about spending all the money on supplements and grain.
    03-30-2013, 11:34 AM
Green Broke
So this was in addition to hay or in lieu of?

And what ratio also?
    03-30-2013, 12:04 PM
No hay, just cubes. Bought them by the truck load and had them delivered. He had a shed built with a cement floor, all someone had to do was go in with the tractor and get a scoop full, drive down the isles and scoop out about a small(2 gallon?) bucket full. The horses wasted less and looked and preformed well on them.
Palomine likes this.
    03-30-2013, 12:09 PM
Green Broke
I don't grain mine - even when stalled. They are getting even less exercise than ones who can constantly move in pasture or the dry lot. A small-hole hay net to keep them busy and all the hay they can eat. If they need something "more" I go with either soaked alfalfa pellets or beet pulp with maybe a little corn oil depending on the situation.
    03-30-2013, 12:42 PM
My horse only gets ration balancer pellet - no grain. He gets free choice hay when in a stall and when the fields are icky.
Posted via Mobile Device
Palomine likes this.
    03-30-2013, 03:31 PM
I don't feed anything with cereal grains in it. But I do use a pelleted ration balancer and occasionally a pellet that is forage based. Works fine.
Palomine likes this.
    03-30-2013, 08:27 PM
Where have you been Palomine?? - not reading many threads here, by the sound of it?!

Yeah, I don't believe grain is *necessarily* a bad thing, but generally horses don't need it & if they do need extra weight, high octane calories, there are better, healthier options, such as alfalfa/lucerne, rice bran, etc.

Horses don't do rich, starchy diets very well. They also have a small stomach that empties quickly(approx 15 minutes or less). Cereal grain is generally not - or little - digested in this time in the stomach, so hits the 'hind gut' undigested where it can cause 'acidosis' & other issues. Oats are a bit of an exception, being more easily digestible & lower in starch than other grain. Corn/maize is about the worst, in both those regards. If horses are fed infrequent &/or large meals, such as the norm of hard feeds only a couple of times daily, the problems associated with grain & starch overload are compounded. So I'd also only opt for grain(assuming no better option) if I could feed it little & often, and would ensure it was cooked/processed before feeding, to make it more digestible.
    03-31-2013, 12:46 AM
I don't grain, but I also don't stall either. I put out about 20lbs per head per day once a day (I like evening feeding). I have 20 head and they do fine with out it. I did like the idea of alfalfa cubes.
    03-31-2013, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
CowboyBob, you feed 400 lbs per DAY?

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All pellet and grain diet? Breella Horse Nutrition 13 10-17-2012 01:45 PM
Grain/Nutrition Help for Yearling (New at buying grain, need suggestions!) demonwolfmoon Horse Nutrition 10 09-01-2012 06:17 AM
top grain vs full grain leather ReiningGirl Horse Tack and Equipment 4 02-25-2012 11:56 AM
need help with "grain" free diet! myhorsesonador Horse Nutrition 9 03-17-2011 08:19 AM
Basic grain-free diet snoggle Horse Health 21 11-23-2009 11:56 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0