Horse just eats pasture grass, Is there anything else I can give him on the side? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Horse just eats pasture grass, Is there anything else I can give him on the side?

I am boarding my horse at the moment and there is lots and lots of grass out there and no need to feed him extra grass hay. I feel like I should be getting him something else so he can get more nutrients.

He is 4 and wouldnt want anything hot for him to eat since we dont do events and rodeos right now..

What do you think? Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 04:38 PM
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What is his current body condition? What is his current level of work? Lots and lots of grass is not an automatic "enough"......its about the quality of that forage. Do you know the types of grass in his field?
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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fescue and whatever else is out there.. Not sure if I spelt that right.

At this moment I am only using him as pleasure riding. And doing some training with him like ground work and saddle work.

The reasoson why I said he has enough to eat because the horses cant keep up on the grass as it is and there not underfed by any means. some are fattys out there.

Just wondering if there is a supplement or grain I can feed him.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 04:54 PM
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If you don't want him to have grain at least give him a mineral suppliment. Your feed store can suggest something.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 04:57 PM
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I wouldn't give him grain from your description, however, a ration balancer would probably be a good idea for him. RBs are designed to be fed with lots of forage (hay or grass) and fill in the nutritional holes that grass alone doesn't fill. It's fed in small amounts, typically 1-2 lbs per day for a 1000 lb horse, and is low calorie, so it won't make an easy keeper fat and won't make your horse hot.

This website is very good for learning more about RBs: Ration Balancer
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

I have a mineral block for him..
and ill lookup that website!

I just want to give my horse all the stuff he needs for a complete diet.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-25-2012, 11:06 PM
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I agree, grass is the best way to feed a horse if its sufficient.. you can give him a cup of supplements that'll have all the minerals to be on the sure side.. But horses need to be working quite a bit before "needing" grain

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-26-2012, 01:31 AM
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Throw a salt and mineral block out there and you're set IMO. I know others don't agree with that but it's worked for our family for 20+ years. That's the beauty of having grazing space. Saves on feed :) Not saving anything if you are buying supplements, conditioners, and grain. We only used those for horses that were working hard.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-26-2012, 10:48 PM
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I think a young horse needs supplements to be sure they have what they need. I use a local supplement that is a small green pellet of which you give 1/2 cup per day per horse. Last August, we rescued a filly that our vet said was coming two. She had huge knees, a short neck, & tiny head with a huge scar on her face like she ran into something. I just started her on supplement 3 months ago after our chiropractor suggested it. She's grown 4 inches in 3 months, and now she's 16 hh! I am sure some of this is her age but I think some of that is due to her getting supplements. Plus she works on her salt & mineral rock like a popsicle every day.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-26-2012, 11:58 PM
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If hes got his mineral block I wouldnt be too worried - you can always get bloods done to see if they are lacking..
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