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    03-31-2013, 09:04 PM
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The horses at our barn get no grain. Now, I say that but in reality, some do get grains if the owner comes and feeds. But the horse get hay and grass. That's it. The hay is alfalfa , though.
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    04-01-2013, 08:17 AM
Mine are out 24/7, and are pig fat on well maintained pasture, and free choice hay October - March. If I had one that needed more calories, I would supplement with beet pulp or alfalfa cubes.
    04-01-2013, 08:22 AM
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Hate the idea of grain. Mine is stalled in winter and pastured in summer. Same year round 20-30lbs of hay per day with 2-3lbs alfalfa pellets twice per day. Vitamin/mineral added to her alfalfa pellets.
    04-01-2013, 11:38 AM
Green Broke
No 'traditional grain' here either. My horse gets a pelleted ration balancer which does contain wheat middlings and distillers dried grains, but has very low NSC.
    04-01-2013, 01:00 PM
I have several horses that you could consider "stalled", though they actually have runs that are quite a bit larger than stalls.

I don't feed any kind of grain either. Right now, since alfalfa is hard to find and impossible to afford, all of mine are getting good quality grass hay. I make sure to throw out enough that they have access to it 24/7. If I notice that a horse needs something more, I've got a high protein forage cube that I add to their diet. All of mine look amazing on that. Stay fat, even in heavy work, all slick and shiny in the summer and, even better, haven't had a single instance of colic or founder in over 20 years (since we stopped feeding grains), in spite of having hundreds of horses through the barn in that time.
    04-01-2013, 01:09 PM
Pretty much grainless for me too. Mine are not stalled though, but only have limited pasture daily.
    04-01-2013, 01:10 PM
One of my horses needs a high fat diet with a lot of nutrients since he loses alot of weight during show season so we feed him grain, and the other 2 just get some to be content
    04-01-2013, 01:11 PM
No grain here, just hay!
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    04-01-2013, 07:12 PM
Kylie, not saying grain is necessarily bad or wrong in your particular situation - who knows - but grain is not high fat or rich in nutrients, apart from phosphorus, so you may find there are more appropriate things to feed your hard keeper.
    04-01-2013, 07:33 PM
If you have any easy keeper its ok not to grain unfortunately mines a hard keeper and has to have grain to keep weight on.

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