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post #1 of 22 Old 03-24-2013, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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horses getting too much protein!

So all my life my grandma (who I share horses with and mostly takes care of them) always gave our horses a scoop of high protein grain and in the winter they got a protein block etc. and she never realized why the were so spirited especially because they wernt like that when we first got them. It turns out its all the proteins fault and we have been practically shoveling coal into a hot furnes and making our horses crazy! For those of you like like spirited horses I would recommend giving them a lot of protein but for us we want calm and relaxed horses for trails so no more protein blocks, corn, or too much grain! From now on theyre sticking to oats, carrots, grass, and hay :) lesson learned! I decided to share because others might have the same problem and not know why :)

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-25-2013, 02:16 AM
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Oats are actually considered a "hot" feed as well.
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post #3 of 22 Old 03-25-2013, 02:31 AM
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that's what I thought, Wares. Are there any other options you can feed?
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Oats are fine, it's the quantity. Unless the horses are ridden daily for several hours a cup morning and night is plenty. In winter, mine get a little marg. Tub, less than a lbs of oats and seniors because it's a lot easier to have them come to their feed pans in the winter than me trying to walk thro deep snow to check them over. In summer it's down to one ration in the morning before they head inside.
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I have a hard time believing it was the protein but rather a high NSC content. My horse gets around 5-6lbs of alfalfa pellets per day soaked in oil. Plenty of protein(and added calories) for a horse that is currently stall bound. And she's an arab. She has no desire to run around like a nut job. Sure you don't want to be feeding them 30% protein but grains and oats are very much less than desireable. Also not sure what a protein block is?? Considering that most horses cannot get the salt they need from a salt block I hardly doubt the protein block did anything.
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She has noSure you don't w desire to run around like a nut job.
its not that they run around a lot, my horses are pretty much pasture horses but we have a barn they can always come in and they get a cup of oats in the morning and night. Anyway, they would just act more energetic and and would always keep their head high watching for something to spook them pretty much.

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Oats are actually considered a "hot" feed as well.
really? My horses are so much calmer now! Its been about a month and a week since I changed their diet and they are so much more relaxed! It could be because i'm giving them less hot foods..

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Again most likely from too much NSC content, not protein. What were they getting fed before? Name of feed and amount?
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I think it depends on the horse. I could shove all the hot food in the world into most of my horses and the craziest they get is when they hear the grain bin. LOL
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Also not sure what a protein block is?? Considering that most horses cannot get the salt they need from a salt block I hardly doubt the protein block did anything.
my horses get a bowl of salt that sits in their paddock area and they can have some whenever they feel like it.
A protien block is obviously a block full of protein lol but if you go look it up its just about a 50lb little brown block that they lick

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