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        10-13-2013, 12:15 PM
    What should I be feeding?

    I have two horses at the moment. What grain should I be feeding each? I'm not looking to feeding them the same thing. I need opinions. I don't want to spend a fortune on each bag either.
    1. 19 years old, quarter horse gelding. He is a hard keeper and needs help getting extra nutrition due to him not being able to digest hay as easily as he used to. He is founder prone so I need a feed that I can feed him without him slipping into that. His energy level could use a boost also.

    2. 9 year old, thoroughbred. 17 hh tall. Not picky about food so not a problem with that. Just got him and he has been fed Purina ultium. He needs a grain that will give him the energy to be a performance horse but not hot.

    Any suggestions?(: thanks!!
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        10-15-2013, 11:35 AM
    I started feeding my roping horse ultium a month ago, so far he is doing great on it. Good energy, only feed about 6 lbs a day, and he seems to be in better overall health than he was before.

    I would probably feed a complete senior feed to your older horse, the one most recommended by vets in the purina senior.
        10-16-2013, 07:31 PM
    Grain/high NSC feed is frequently problematic for horses, so I'd generally be looking for a healthier alternative. Beet pulp, alfalfa, soy hulls, etc are some good options for extra weight/energy. I'd be looking at diet very closely for a 19yo hard keeper laminitic prone horse, keep to low NSC diet & consider ulcer treatment. Also consider nutrition & including an appropriate supplement to 'fill the gaps' & provide him with a balanced diet. I'd also be including extra magnesium.

    For your 9yo, need more info. What's he getting now & what's his condition? Basically, free choice grass/hay and a nutritional supplement appropriate for your horse's diet, to provide balanced nutrition should be the basic diet & extra(pref low NSC, grain free) energy feed as suggested above, if/as necessary for the horse to maintain condition.
        10-16-2013, 07:53 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm all about simplicity, and so are most horses -

    * Quality hay (1st cutting timothy - I have 3 mares, 20-22 yrs.-easy keepers)

    * Loose Minerals

    * Free-Choice Salt Blocks ( Plain, Mineral, Himalayan)

    * Fresh, Clean Water Available At All Times

    ** Sand-Clear For 1 Wk. Every Month (Sand Colic Prevention)

    Please avoid any/all sweet feeds, and hay/hay cubes with alfalfa for your founder-prone horse - frankly, the simplest diet you can offer your horses, the better for your horses, unless a vet prescribes otherwise. Horses are really uncomplicated creatures, but we humans always want to complicate! :)
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        10-16-2013, 08:24 PM
    Originally Posted by Northernstar    
    ...- frankly, the simplest diet you can offer your horses, the better for your horses, unless a vet prescribes otherwise. Horses are really uncomplicated creatures, but we humans always want to complicate! :)
    I agree. It has always amazed me that some folks have no problem spending $20+ for a bag of feed, but cannot bring themselves to spend $5 for a bale so that their horse has good hay to eat all day. Grass/hay should always be the first and most important part of a horse's diet.
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        10-16-2013, 08:58 PM
    Forage based diet and a vit/ min supplement no grain most horses don't need it. Iam now more so against grain then I ever have been. Two laminatic horses one within the last 3 days high NSC diets.

    Hay, Hay and more hay loose salt and plenty of clean fresh water. Just remember High NSC diets only cause trouble I sure wish I had listened and change my feeding ways.
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        10-16-2013, 11:30 PM
    Originally Posted by Northernstar    
    Please avoid any/all sweet feeds, and hay/hay cubes with alfalfa for your founder-prone horse
    Agree with you, except for this bit. Because lami-prone horses are generally overweight, feeding a high energy feed such as this would potentially be a problem. But it's lower sugar than grass hay generally & can indeed be a good feed for IR/lami horses that need more 'groceries'. I would also supplement extra magnesium, particularly for lami-prone horses, as it's high Calcium.
        10-17-2013, 10:45 PM
    Loosie, if you are referring to the ultium, then you are wrong in your assessment...it is the one of, if not the most fed performance horse feed...if a horse is in a high energy output sport, they need the fat and other things provided by the ultium. And, it is not in the slightest bit, problematic for horses. As a matter of fact, my vet is who recommended it for my colic prone roping horse....he is doing great on it.
    That said, Lauren, if your horse isn't competing in a high energy sport, and you aren't riding him hard 4 or more days a week, ultium will be too much for him.
        10-17-2013, 11:07 PM
    I looked up ultium it is not a grain based feed its low NSC so shouldn't cause an issue for most horses. The high fat would be an isuue for IR horses......this feed shouldnt cause problems for normal horses. Its not grain based so wouldn't be considered grain.
        10-17-2013, 11:19 PM
    Thanks spirit, I was going to look up the nsc, and get the ingredient list. And yes, I wouldn't feed it to the ir horse...a low nsc senior complete feed would be my recommendation since he can't digest hay well.

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