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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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grain help

i know ive started a thread like this before but im to lazy to restart it lol anywho im cutting berts feed waaaayyy back as hes now gained the weight he has needed. right now his grain consists of four cups of beet pulp one cup of step 2 and 4 and a cup of c.o.b. but im thinking of switchin his grain to just beet pulp proform step 2 and a new feed that im thinking about adding is called EquiCal horse pellets by lifeline. has anyone fed equical before
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Is there a reason he needs so much grain and so many kinds?

I would look for a grain that has it all and keep it to a smaller amount more times a day, with hay of course. Some grains do have beetpulp in them or you could just do beetpulp with supplements. Either way.

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Is there a reason he needs so much grain and so many kinds?

I would look for a grain that has it all and keep it to a smaller amount more times a day, with hay of course. Some grains do have beetpulp in them or you could just do beetpulp with supplements. Either way.

i was giving him so many to get weight on him and hes gains that. i want him to stay on beetpulp since he realy likes it and he doesnt get very much im looking to no just give him step 2 and this equical stuff
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I find it is easier just to stick with one grain. In the summer my horses only get strategy gx. in the winter is when i add beet pulp and what not to that.
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I find it is easier just to stick with one grain. In the summer my horses only get strategy gx. in the winter is when i add beet pulp and what not to that.
thats why im trying to get it down to two grains (and beetpulp but he loves it so i wont take it away he gets only a small smount) and im on a budget right now (my work hours got cut for now)

The only place i get feed from is here Vanderveen Hay Sales Ltd. - Hay, Pet Food and Supplies - Surrey, Langley, Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, White Rock so i have to get what they have there (other places are to expencive) and i think Lifeline Equi-cal pellets would be good for him.
i went to the life line site and got this info on equi cal

"FEATURES: Equi Cal will have plenty of calories at 3.184 mcals/kg however, with no molasses
and no grain it allows horses to remain calmer, while putting on weight and performing within
reason. The oil is pure soybean oil which is palatable and very high quality. The lysine is
maintained at a high level along with other amino acids for muscle mass. Organic selenium is
higher than most hard feeds as well as % of chelated minerals. Equi Cal was designed to offer a
high fat capable of supporting a high performance horse with a low sugar and low starch hard
feed. The pellet texture is soft due to the high oil content. If your horse is a little thin or requires
more muscle, it will support more weight on horses. This is also a great feed for a dressage
horse that must carry good body condition, yet be calm. It eliminates the need to top up with
high fat, oil, or other fat supplements. Equi Cal is ideal for horses with sensitive digestive
systems with additional live yeast cultures and probiotics."
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(my horse needs muscle lol mostly at his neck he looks funny right now because hes got a big body and a big head but a tiny little neck
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Don't know why you're wanting to feed any grain, especially if he's a good weight and not in hard work? Grain & other high starch/sugar feed is generally not the best for horses. While it sounds like the EquiCal isn't actually grain, just from your quoted spiel about the other stuff, it doesn't sound suitable, being a high fat pellet designed for adding weight to thin horses. Likewise, the Step Right 2 is a feed made for extra energy for hard working beasts & has whole grains(inc corn - about the worst for horses) as well as being sweetened.

He's already getting the beet pulp, which is a high energy feed, and if you mixed a good nutritional supp or ration balancer with that, that should be fine.
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I have tried the lifeline feeds before, but wasn't impressed, I like a more high fiber feed. Got any place down there that sells the Otter brand, like a co-op? A bit more pricey and but only by a buck or two. Vanderveen might even carry it. By the way, I always thought that place was overpriced, compared to up here in the Cariboo.
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