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  • What is the difference pelleted and textured horse feed
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    08-31-2011, 05:47 PM
Okay, just a question. Can anyone tell me the difference between sweet feed and "textured" feed? Growing up I'd say they were the same but then I see people on here saying how they would never in a million years feed sweet feed, but I would call omelene a sweet feed. I'm just probably getting old and out of step with whatever the latest terms are.

Which reminds me.... when did peanut hulls turn into a horse feed?

Personally, I feed both to my youngsters, mainly because they don't care for the straight pellets but I don't care for youngsters bouncing off the stall walls. We came to a compromise. I give them some sweet stuff and they'll eat the pellets.
Mares can fuss all they want, they get pellets. Though the Triple Crown Senior smells like an open jar of molasses.
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    08-31-2011, 08:11 PM
Green Broke
Lol I have no idea about the peanut hulls..

The difference is that plain sweet feed is alot of junk mushed together covered in molasses in pellet form. Textured feed has good stuff in it in a pellet form but also has rolled oats mixed in, so it's not just a pellet covered in molasses.. lol It's a better nutritional pellet with oats and molasses. Does that makes sense?
Another difference besides sweet feed being junk it will dry out or mush together and sours easy... I will say that Omolene is a a very good feed, but it does have a pretty good bit of molasses and other sweet things in it so some people put textured feeds in the same category as sweet feed.
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    09-01-2011, 02:18 AM
Personally, I prefer ground because it is easier for your horse to consume without effort. Just make sure you opt for ones that are stabilized to ensure that all of the nutrients and natural components are still intact.
    09-01-2011, 07:14 AM
Originally Posted by mls    
They break down and digest in the horse. No pellets in the manure.
Agree. I also soak mine to get nice mash.

I go with low-sugar pellets though. Because pelleted feed often as sugary as "sweet feed" (and sometime even more from what I read). The fact it's not "sticky" doesn't mean it's not sweet.
    09-01-2011, 08:02 AM
Pellets can be sweet feed as well

Sweet stuff is corn , oats, molasses, barley

Most pelleted feeds only have enough molasses to bind them together

What makes a feed sweet is the NSC content not the form of the feed :)
    09-01-2011, 08:25 AM
I've always seen "sweet feed" name applied to "grain" (textured feed). Not sure why because pellets can be as sweet. May be specifics of my area.
    09-01-2011, 01:27 PM
Green Broke
Textured feed is the only way to go, I discovered this by accident as I had a horse choke on pellets,

If you feed textured feed, enough seeds pass through that the free range chickens scatter the manure everywhere looking for the seeds, I no longer pic up any manure nor do I have to drag the fields.
    09-10-2011, 02:38 PM
I only feed pellets over here. Those of you who have had choke problems on pellets, were they small pellets or the large, nugget sized pellets? I have always preferred the pelleted feeds because everything is already ground up and ready for them to more easily process and I believe they get more out of the pellets because of that. As one of the previous posters said, you don't see pellets in manure.

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