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post #11 of 21 Old 09-29-2010, 09:18 PM
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And what are racehorse oats and crimped oats and how do they compare to plain whole oats?
Racehorse oats are basically whole oats, dust-free, that will minimize the amount of dust in the horse's upper respiratory tract. It helps them breathe better; clear the airway. Crimped oats are supposed to be easier to digest because the hull, is said, to crack apart. But, crimped oats have been known to lose some of their nutrients when they go through the crimping process.

I think her weight looks good. I, too, agree with the others: keep it simple.

She's a pretty horse. :)

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post #12 of 21 Old 09-29-2010, 11:24 PM
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That was my diet .

Race oats are usually "heavy oats" (extra cleaned) in a whole form. Just go with whichever bag is cheaper, race or crimped. Whole oats are chewed and digested fine, and are cheaper for me, so I go with those.

Flax seed is whole flax. You can feed it whole, or you can grind it yourself with a coffee grinder. If you feed it whole, weigh it. You want to feed 2-4 oz by weight. Many feed stores carry Omega Horseshine. That's a milled (ground) product that's high quality.

You can also feed other fat sources like stabilized rice bran, black oil sunflower seeds, Nutrena Empower, etc. You want something that's at least 40% fat. I like flax best because it's high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are more benificial for horses.
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-30-2010, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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So if she is on 24/7 pasture and I feed her my own mix of alfalfa pellets, flax seed, and racehorse oats...

How much hay should she get?

Should I mix the feed all together into a big bin? or keep it seperate and mix before feed time in a feed bucket?
I guess mixing it in a feed bucket would be ideal because I could mix different amounts of each thing.
Speaking of which... How much of each different grain should she get?

Should I buy some sort of mineral/vitamin supplement? In my Valley Vet Supply catalog I saw "Maxum Crumbles". The description says: A concentrated formula of 32 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and electrolytes that may be lacking in the horse's regular diet. Feed 1-2oz daily. It comes in "crumbles". Does that sounds like a good thing to mix into her feed?

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-01-2010, 04:51 PM
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Oats make my mare VERY hot! Insane in fact. My gelding I used to feed them to, with alfalfa pellets and he did awesome on them.
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I have heard that oats can give a little more "energy". But this horse does seem a little dull and lazy. I'm kind of hoping it will give her a little spunk without making her crazy.

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post #17 of 21 Old 10-02-2010, 08:04 AM
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So if she is on 24/7 pasture and I feed her my own mix of alfalfa pellets, flax seed, and racehorse oats...

How much hay should she get?

Should I mix the feed all together into a big bin? or keep it seperate and mix before feed time in a feed bucket?
I guess mixing it in a feed bucket would be ideal because I could mix different amounts of each thing.
Speaking of which... How much of each different grain should she get?

Should I buy some sort of mineral/vitamin supplement? In my Valley Vet Supply catalog I saw "Maxum Crumbles". The description says: A concentrated formula of 32 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and electrolytes that may be lacking in the horse's regular diet. Feed 1-2oz daily. It comes in "crumbles". Does that sounds like a good thing to mix into her feed?
You want to start supplementing hay as your pasture grass dies out or is eaten down. If it's shorter than 3" high, then it's not providing much "food" for your mare. If you're feeding square bales of grass hay (50-60 lbs each) you'll typically want to feed 20-30 lbs a day, or 1/2 a bale. If you have some grass left, you can start with 1/4 bale. Feed hay at least twice a day.

I keep my feed separated, then mix at feed time. "Dry" feeds don't always stay mixed well, which is one reason sweet feeds have so much molasses in them.

Buy a 2qt or 3qt feed scoop that has quart measurement lines inside, so you can see exactly how much you're feeding. If she's an easy keeper (is a bit pudgy), I would go with 1 qt of each alfalfa pellets and oats, with 1/4 cup of flax meal. If she starts to get fat, reduce the alfalfa pellets to 1/2 qt.

If she's not pudgy and you'll be riding her at least 3 days a week, I would feed 2 qts of alfalfa pellets, 1 qt of oats, and 1/2 cup of flax meal. You want to adjust the amounts of each if you notice her gaining or losing weight.

For a vitamin supplement, I really like GrandVite. Valley Vet should have it. It's a powder, but most horses seem to like it. Another good one is Select II, which is pelleted. Maxum Crumbles don't really have that high of values for their ingredients. You don't get as much "bang for your buck."

Two other good ones are SmartPak's SmartVite Maintanence Grass and Uckele's Equi-Base Grass, both of which come in powder and pelleted form.
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My feed store carries flax "seed" at $1.15 a pound. Is that the same as flax meal? And should it be fed in the same amounts as flax "meal"?

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post #19 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 10:23 AM
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My feed store carries flax "seed" at $1.15 a pound. Is that the same as flax meal? And should it be fed in the same amounts as flax "meal"?
Flax meal is ground or "milled" flax. You can feed flax in it's whole form, or you can grind it yourself. Ground flax will spoil, so you'll have to grind it frequently or refridgerate it. If you feed it whole, you'll want to feed it at the rate of 1/2 cup to 2 cups daily, depending on what your horse needs. I would start with 1/2 to 1 cup a day and go from there.
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So buy the flax seed whole from my feed store and grind it in 1/2 - 1 cup amounts before feed time. I think I can handle that.

What about it's shelf life? Will it keep in whole form just like oats and alfalfa pellets will?

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