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    11-29-2011, 04:33 PM
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Foal
Question i need help with horse grain?

Okay I am feeding my 14 year old mare 2 quarts of beef pulp soaked and 1 quart of sweet feed. But when it is done soaking it is a lot more in the bucket from it soaking will it hurt her to feed it all to her? And am I feeding her to much? She also get's free choica hay. Thanks.
     
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    11-29-2011, 10:49 PM
  #2
Started
It may be a good idea to split the grain into a couple feedings. Since it is not like you are feeding her a ton of grain, I wouldn't call beet pulp grain, it so it should be fine, but it is always healthier for horses to be feed multiple times a day.

I would steer you away from sweet feed. I has tons of sugar, and therefore is extremely unhealthy. It is just like feeding candy to kids.
     
    11-29-2011, 11:01 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I agree, give multiple feedings and stay clear of the sweet feeds.

If you want to supplement her free choice hay, try something like Purina Strategy Healthy Edge (It has beet pulp mixed in already), or maybe senior. You will get the benefit of the vitamins and other essential stuff without having the "hyper child" effect or your horse gaining too much weight because it's more balanced.
     
    12-01-2011, 10:14 AM
  #4
Foal
Okay but she gets the same amount at night two. But I will swich her over to a differnt grain.
     
    12-03-2011, 06:45 PM
  #5
Weanling
Sweet feed made my horse hyper... I recommend Purina Strategy.
     
    12-27-2011, 05:37 PM
  #6
Foal
I learned to feed the old English way. I cook rolled barley, once cooked and cooled add bran (rice or wheat) and molasses. I add PRIDE general mineral (also has selinium) for vitamins but if you can find calcium and phosphorus that is really all you need. This feed may not be convenient but it is not too hot and is easy on their digestive system. It can calm a hot headed horse because it is not overloaded with carbs and protein making foundering and colicing less likely. I feed this to my rescued OTTB and foster mustang mom at home, but also feed to other rescued horses. This will fatten them up well and quickly. Bran also ensures your horses stay hydrated.
     
    12-27-2011, 05:43 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by lacey met    
okay I am feeding my 14 year old mare 2 quarts of beef pulp soaked and 1 quart of sweet feed. But when it is done soaking it is a lot more in the bucket from it soaking will it hurt her to feed it all to her? And am I feeding her to much? She also get's free choica hay. Thanks.
What grains do you have available to you in your area, and how much work is your mare in?

Like others have already mention get away from sweet feed... and really if your horses is really into heavy work then I would stay away from grain all together. I would look into putting her on a ration balancer, its a vit/min supplement and doesn't have grain in it... much healthier..
     
    12-27-2011, 06:37 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by stubbornmom    
I learned to feed the old English way. I cook rolled barley, once cooked and cooled add bran (rice or wheat) and molasses. I add PRIDE general mineral (also has selinium) for vitamins but if you can find calcium and phosphorus that is really all you need. This feed may not be convenient but it is not too hot and is easy on their digestive system. It can calm a hot headed horse because it is not overloaded with carbs and protein making foundering and colicing less likely. I feed this to my rescued OTTB and foster mustang mom at home, but also feed to other rescued horses. This will fatten them up well and quickly. Bran also ensures your horses stay hydrated.
Welcome to the 21st century! You don't have to do this anymore, just buy extruded feed, the cooking process is already done.
     
    12-27-2011, 10:17 PM
  #9
Foal
I do live in the 21st century where eating foods without a lot of garbage in them is preferred and necessary anymore. I used to feed my horses sweet feed and did not like what was in it and how it was, or wasn't as the case may be, digested. I prefer to know what is going into my horses. Premade food is full of things horses don't need and somethings that can actually hurt them in the long run. I have seen an incredible change in temperment in a very short period of time after changing their diet. Rescued horses have very sensitive stomachs. The bran mash it is not only nutritious, easy for them to digest and does not play with the head, making them much easier to handle. Not only is it better for them but the cost is 1/3 of sweet feed. It takes maybe 1 hour to cook rolled barley or you can use a slow cooker and cook overnight, to me it is well worth the extra hour.
     
    12-27-2011, 10:41 PM
  #10
Foal
Used to work a family owned TB breeding farm. My experience is real not out of books, magazines or internet. I also train OTTB's in dressage and hunters
     

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