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        11-11-2013, 09:35 AM
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    Foal
    Looking for Grain options for easy keepers

    Hello,
    I have a 16 yr old gelding quarter horse and he's an easy keeper. He foundered (in all 4 feet) almost 2 years ago. He lost a bunch of weight and is doing good. His feet are good but the arthritis in his knee is getting worse. If he stands too long his knee gets stiff and he limps around for a while and eventually he starts walking fine. He's not a performance horse and I don't ride him much. I struggle to find time to exercise him, but I'm working on that. To help his joints I'm wanting to give him a powdered supplement, but they tell you to mix it with grain. Since he foundered I haven't fed him any grain. So my question is does anybody know of a grain that I could feed a horse that is prone to gaining weight or foundering?
         
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        11-11-2013, 09:58 AM
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    Weanling
    I would go with a small amount of beet pulp. Its easily digestible, a fiber and usually fed wet which is great for sticking to supps.

    I have also found that 24/7 turnout except in the worst of weather helps greatly when dealing with an arthritic horse.
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        11-11-2013, 10:00 AM
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    Foal
    Choosing grain for easy keeper

    Hello,
    I have a 16 yr old gelding quarter horse and he's an easy keeper. He foundered (in all 4 feet) almost 2 years ago. He lost a bunch of weight and is doing good. His feet are good but the arthritis in his knee is getting worse. If he stands too long his knee gets stiff and he limps around for a while and eventually he starts walking fine. He's not a performance horse and I don't ride him much. I struggle to find time to exercise him, but I'm working on that. To help his joints I'm wanting to give him a powdered supplement, but they tell you to mix it with grain. Since he foundered I haven't fed him any grain. So my question is does anybody know of a grain that I could feed a horse that is prone to gaining weight or foundering?
         
        11-11-2013, 10:03 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    A handful of fibre rich pellets or cubes would do, you can soak them and mix with the supplement.
    You can use wheat bran, rice bran, even alfalfa cubes if you want (but those do make them fat over time if fed too much).

    One of the easy keepers I have gets his supplements with really, just 1 or 2 handfuls of bran, soaked, mixed with tea, and that's it..
         
        11-11-2013, 10:14 AM
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    Yearling
    What about a small amount of soaked alfalfa pellets to mix the supplements in?
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        11-11-2013, 10:15 AM
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    Banned
    You can use timothy hay pellets soaked to put whatever supplement he needs in that.
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        11-11-2013, 10:24 AM
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    Teen Forum Moderator
    Since he has already foundered, I second the idea of some timothy pellets. You can (and should) wet them too, and the supplement sticks to them. Even 2 or 3 cups should be enough to mix it all into without giving him any extra calories (its basically just grass hay) or sugar.
         
        11-11-2013, 10:50 AM
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    Foal
    Thank you everybody! I'm going to look into the Timothy pellets.
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        11-11-2013, 11:00 AM
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    Foal
    Got a question about the timothy pellets. The feed stores around here don't carry
    Them, but they have orchard grass pellets. Anybody heard of those and would they be ok to use?? And then the pet stores carry timothy pellets but it looks like they are for rabbits. Stupid question but would those be ok to give to a horse?
         
        11-11-2013, 11:02 AM
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    Teen Forum Moderator
    You should be able to feed them to horses, but they're likely much more expensive than a horse feed store would sell them for.

    Orchard grass should be fine, just don't give him more than he needs to mix the supplement in. Do you have Standlee products at your store, or a Tractor Supply in your area? They carry all kind of hay pellets. They're usually good about ordering in whatever they don't have, too. My local TSC doesn't usually carry straight alfalfa pellets, but if I ask 2 weeks ahead of time they always order a pallet for me.
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