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post #1 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Mixing your own horse feed?

I don't grain my horses, but I do have a mixture that I feed them. They get a mixture of beet pulp, bloom n groom (mineral suppliment), alfalfa pellets, and flax seed.

Is there anything else that I can add to this? I'm wondering if I'm missing anything.

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 03:15 PM
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That is graining your horse. Giving any sort of concentrate is graining.
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post #3 of 20 Old 12-24-2010, 03:46 PM
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I think th OP means they don't give them any grain. If she's/ he's feeding what is listed there don't seem to be any grains in it.
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I use a ration balancer and hay pellets to fed my bunch they are grain free ....

You diet MIGHT be missing the amino acids depending on your hay if it is grass hay you would need to add something like either a ration balancer or tri amino supplement
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I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I think th OP means they don't give them any grain. If she's/ he's feeding what is listed there don't seem to be any grains in it.
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Thank you. That is what I meant.

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flax seed.

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Sure looks just like oat seed, corn seed, wheat seed, barley seed, soybean seed, etc.
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I'm curious. I have noticed several times on this forum where people have posted about not using grain, but using a combination of other things. I have to admit that it confuses me and I don't get it. But I'd like to know the reasoning behind it. I know there is nothing better than lots of quality hay, but when did grain become a bad thing?

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I'm curious. I have noticed several times on this forum where people have posted about not using grain, but using a combination of other things. I have to admit that it confuses me and I don't get it. But I'd like to know the reasoning behind it. I know there is nothing better than lots of quality hay, but when did grain become a bad thing?

Since the research and testing backs that the sugars and starches are too high in the grains.. Corn is 76% on average sugars and starches.. Oats around 50% and barley around 52%

Sugars and starches are what lead to IR and laminitis and other metabolic issues as well as ulcers and colic

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Okay, that makes sense. Thanks. I don't feed mine enough to cause any problems, I think. Even my hardest keeper only gets a couple quarts a day, the easiest keeper only gets a couple handfuls. But it's good to know. I do use beet pulp to maintain weight in the winter, instead of increasing grain intake.

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post #10 of 20 Old 12-27-2010, 01:00 PM
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beet pulp is a grain.
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