Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central California
Most horses don't need grain, IMO... especially grain with high sugar, though, it does depend on how they're worked, and how often.
I feed a no-grain pellet feed (low carb) to my drafts and shetlands. High protein and sugar makes them gain weight easily which puts them at risk for founder. The only reason I really feed this(small amount), for the most part, is so that their systems regularly digest pellet form so that when I give them sand clear, it's no surprise to their digestive system. I'm letting the pellets run out and switching to ground flax seed, though because I'm paranoid.
So, for me no grain, especially sweet.... especially if they aren't horses in sporting.
"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and she'll listen to me allll day."