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    01-20-2012, 02:07 PM
Switching Grain...

After reading a lot of posts on here about how bad sweet feed is, I made the choice to switch to a different grain. I guess I never gave what my horses ate much thought, but my dogs and cat eat better then I do.

We were feeding Tractor Supply's 12% sweet feed.

After much deliberation...
Jasper is being put on Life Design's Senior pellet that has 14% protein, Flaxseed and Beet Pulp in it. Jasper's only 13, but could use something that will put more calories into his diet. He's not skinny, but he isn't as easy of a keeper as my other horses.

For Chilly and Nut-Megg, I decided to go with Nuterna SafeChoice 14% Pellet. It's more nutritious then the sweet feed, but it's not going to break the bank.

Let just hope my horses like the switch.

But, when changing their grain, should I gradually wean them off of the sweet feed and onto the new food like you would when changing a dog's food?

Thanks in advance.
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    01-20-2012, 02:20 PM
Definitely a good decision taking them off sweet feed. My vet calls sweet feed "horse crack"

Definitely change gradually. Hope they like it and do well!
    01-20-2012, 02:38 PM
It's ideal to mix but you can also start them out with small amounts of the new feed and work up to where you would need them to be.

Good feed choices!
    01-20-2012, 03:20 PM
If I have to change from one feed to another I buy a bag of the old stuff to go with the new stuff (if I'm out) and I mix 2/3 old stuff with 1/3 new stuff for a couple days, then go to 1/2 old & new, then 3/4 new and 1/4 old and then all new. Usually I can do it in about 1 week or 10 days.
    01-23-2012, 08:36 PM
DEFINITELY switch gradually. Rapid feed changes can cause colic.. I always get nervous switching mine, only do so when necessary. Good choice to switch off the sweet feed, I actually just did the same. Feeding more hay than grain now, needed to lower his energy level, yikes, lol (=
    01-24-2012, 02:12 AM
You'll notice your horses coming down from the hot feed as well. They will be going through "crack" withdrawal.

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