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post #1 of 15 Old 10-08-2010, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Pellets to sweet feed-what would you do?

Sorry all, but I have a question......

My 6 yo QH/TWH (Guinness) is currently on 2c of 12% pellets twice a day. His weight is perfect, temperment is great-the whole picture. He does great on it.

Here is the issue: I will be moving back to VA next week, and taking him with me. The barn I am going to feeds 12% Sweet feed. I will take a bag of pellets to transition him over for sure.

Do I keep the amounts the same? I have great anxiety about sweet feed. I have not had a horse on it in YEARS! Should I try it and see how he is? Or, should I not chance it and be pushy (I hardly know these people, and I try to be a "go along with the program" kind of boarder) and provide my own pellets for the next 6 months? In April he will be moving back to NY again and back to pellets. I hate to keep switching....Will it hurt him?

What would you do? I don't want to be a demanding boarder, and nowhere I board are they "know-nothings" by any means. I just want what is best for my horse.

Thanks in advance-I am truly perplexed!

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-08-2010, 12:59 PM
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If it is a good barn, then they should take it perfectly in stride that you don't want your horse to have sweet feed. I feel the same way about it that you do and will never feed it to any of my horses. You need to do what's best for your horse and not worry about whether they agree with it or not. If he gets along well on what you are feeding now, then there is absolutely no reason to change things and they should be understanding enough to accept that. You have every right to demand what you think is best for your guy and if they get all huffy about it, then maybe they aren't that great a barn.
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-08-2010, 12:59 PM
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I won't feed sweet feed.

Sweet feed is the cheapest stuff out there, and they have to drown it in sugar to make it palatable for horses. Hardly what I'd call healthy, nutrition wise.

If you're willing to take on the expense, tell them you'd rather he was fed his regular feed and then buy it while he's there. They can't squawk as long as it's on your dime.

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Thanks for the input-pretty much what my gut said to do, and it is rarely wrong. I will let them know. They have the MOST involved boarding contract of anywhere I have ever been....and, sadly, are the ONLY place around me in NOVA that will even tolerate western, and have an indoor. (and they are 40 minutes away)

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-21-2010, 11:05 PM
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I just discovered I am in a similar situation. However, I've been at this barn for 2 months now. I show up two days ago, and whoaa, bags and bags of sweet feed. Yuck!! I'm almost afraid to confront them about it, especially since they didn't inform me of this ahead of time, and I aim to be an easy client. (Please, don't tell me you expect my mare to switch feeds cold turkey. Ahh) Why do they even produce this stuff? Ok, so sorry. All this to say, I feel for ya! Hope your situation ends up well.
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I honestly don't feed my horse anything other than the hay she gets since she does wonderfully on it at the moment. If I start working her hard, I am probably going to have to start her on something else too, but after reading up on nutrition, I've learned that a lot of the grains out there actually aren't as healthy as they are advertised as, and the labels are not exact for several different reasons, but I know that of all the different grain mixes that are out there, sweet feed is the worst, adds more sugar than a horse needs or knows that to do with, and has almost no nutritional value what so ever. I would be picky, and say that you would like him to stay on the same stuff, and see what you can come up with. I used to mix my horses food (a different hay then that barn fed, plus her grain), and bag it up in hay bags and a little plastic baggie, and they would just grab it out of her box, and feed it to her. To me it was worth it, because I knew that she got what she needed (though in hindsight she probably could have done without the grain lol), and it made me feel better knowing that I had control over how much and what she got fed.
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The barn I board at feeds sweet feed as well, and as already stated by others - it is not something I would feed my horse.

I buy my own feed, and I bag it up myself in large freezer zip lock bags - all portioned in accordance to what my boy needs, with suppliments.

All the Barn Help has to do, is grab the bag and dump it and replace the bag back into it's box.

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Well, I moved him down from NY on Tuesday, and he acts like he has lived there all his life! They are fine with me providing pellets, so that is what I will keep him on all winter. He only gets 2c twice a day, so not much for sure, but I do think he is best just staying on it. Will watch his weight-he has already lost a slight amount, judging from the girth needing to be 1/2 hole tighter yesterday. Hay here is awful-and expensive this year, so may have to get some of that from up north also! UGH!

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Frank, what part of VA are you in? The hay here in south central Virginia is really reasonable this year. I got 100 bales, delivered and stacked, for $5.00 a bale.

I wouldn't worry too much about your guy. He probably lost weight from the trip. Mine do, when they're trailered longer than a couple of hours.
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I know most places around here will discount your board if you supply your own feed, they might be willing to do the same? It will save them a lot of hassle since they won't have to add various supplements to the sweet feed that you will more than likely want to add to make up for the difference in nutrition between the sweet feed and your pelleted feed.

I would definately talk to them about using your feed of choice, particularly as it is only for six months. Sweet feed = molasses flavoured cardboard in my opinion.

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