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post #1 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question What do you put in Your Feed?

I would like to know your graining habit and what you all put in your grain- This is brought on by a friend who puts a lot of extras in her horses diet like electrolytes ect.

If you put suppliments/extras- What do they do for your horse?

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post #2 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 12:19 AM
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Well, mine eat a 12% protein 7% fat pellet mixed with a 10% protein 7% fat textured feed (lots of oats and barley in it and a little molasses). On top of this they get 1/2 cup corn oil, 2 tbs diatomaceous earth and right now 1 tbs antihist (due to some road construction going on that was causing sinus issue)
If they slow down drinking they get electrolytes and one week a month they get Metamucil.
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post #3 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 01:24 AM
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I don't feed grain as a rule, as it's not generally the best for horses. Low starch/sugar, high fibre diets are what horses need. Assuming a horse need extra 'groceries' than just hay/grass, lucerne, beet pulp, soy hulls & such are good ingredients. If they don't need extra, they get a quality low dose ration balancer pellet, or very small daily feed with nutritional supps. As to what nutritional supps, they get whatever that particular horse needs to balance his particular diet/pasture.
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post #4 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 08:12 AM
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I don't feed grain.

My horses get a vit/min supplement, flax, arthritis meds for those that need it, herbs to help control insulin for my two metabolic horses.

The hard-to-keep Arab also gets pelleted rice bran

They're on pasture all day and eat orchard grass hay when they come in at night.
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post #5 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 08:16 AM
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When I was doing feeds I didn't do grain. 60% of weight was pasture hay, the rest made up of wheaten or oaten chaff, lucerne chaff topped with half a cup of oil, and a small amount of wetted rice bran mixed with biotin and a joint supplement. Salt and mineral blocks offered but rarely used by my horse.
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post #6 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 10:48 AM
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Sam (2y/o Belgian Draft gelding) gets:

2x a Day:
1lb Demand (Blue Seal, high fat/low starch)
1 cup Canola Oil
1 oz Selenium Sup.
Free Choice Meadow Hay

(We will be moving next week and he will be on grass during the day and hay at night, thinking about lowering his grain level... Maybe cutting out grain, and feeding an multi-vitamin and topping it in his oil)
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I don't feed anything but hay unless my horses are working. I get all of my hay in the late spring/early summer - coastal/rye mix, fresh out of the field and buy enough to last me the year (round bales), store it out of the sun and I keep it in front of them free choice. Of course, they have a mineral block out there, too.

Now when conditioning for distance:

I feed Strategy DX
Corn oil
Electrolytes
Probiotics (as needed per horse/individual situation)
Beet pulp
Alfalfa
Then I add a little Red Cell from time to time as a blood builder since hard work can cause a slight anemia - but then I really get into all of the metabolics (I love the clinical pathology side of it) and look at my horses' blood all the time under the microscope and develop individual plans to meet their needs.

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post #8 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 11:01 AM
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Purina Healthy Edge and for my aged Arab, Triple Crown Senior top dressed with Triple Crown rice oil. They get a Timothy, grass, a little alfalfa hay mixture. Access to a mineral block...
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post #9 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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In general would you say your "extras" are to build weight/maintain weight or stablize a condition? Or is there another use to your products?

I don't grain as well because my horses don't need it- So I really don't know much about supplments =)

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post #10 of 40 Old 07-28-2012, 12:35 PM
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My boys are fed beet pulp and red mills cool & easy. As for additives, I give them apple cider vinegar in the morning and they get Curragh Carron oil in the evening.

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