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deuceschinagirl 06-13-2010 03:58 AM

what can anybody tell me about feeding horses corn?
I've been trying to find info on feeding horses corn but havn't had much luck. Is cracked or whole best? What is the best way to feed it? Thanks in advance!

wild_spot 06-13-2010 04:05 AM

My advice? Avoid it if you can :]

It's not digested well, can be very fizzy, and if you must feed grain there are many others who do the same job without as many downfalls.

AQHA13 06-13-2010 04:41 AM

^ Agreed. It is considered a "hot feed", some horses may benefit from the extra energy or weight it provides, but others definitely Don't need it. :)

deuceschinagirl 06-13-2010 05:01 AM

Right now, my horses are on Calf Manna and a sweet feed that is about 10 percent protein and I am feeding them grass hay.

maura 06-13-2010 07:40 AM

If you're feeding Calf Manna and sweet feed, I would switch to a good quality pelleted complete feed at 12% protein and medium to high fat. Purina's Strategy is a good one, there are lots of others.

Since you're talking about adding corn, I'm assuming you want to add weight or condition. Sweet feed is a poor choice for this, especially at 10%. Not enough protein, and lots of empty calories.

Peggysue 06-13-2010 04:29 PM

psst Maura check your ingredient list :)

Avoid Corn at all cost it is 76% sugars and starches. leads to digestive upset, laminitis and many other issues.

Look for a no grain formula that is high nutrition and higher fat if you are needing to add weight OR find a good vitamin/mineral supplement/ration balancer and add in some rice bran

maura 06-14-2010 07:02 AM

Okay, Peggy Sue,

I understand you're the feed Nazi. I understand the objection to sweet feed; but why the objection to pelleted complete feeds? The fillers?

I also understand the objection to high starch and high sugar content in feed; but is my recommendation for higher protein and fat on target?

Peggysue 06-14-2010 07:16 PM

Higher protien and fat is right on...

Nutrena does not have fixed formulas UNLESS they have changed it recently alot of companies are ... so if your tag says grain products it very well could contain corn :)

I look for HIGHER nutrition, Lower feeding levels so if I need to add calories I can get more bang for my buck

maura 06-14-2010 08:00 PM

You're right, Purina Stategy does not have a fixed formula, it does only list percentages, so as supply and price flutuates, there could certainly be corn in there.

However, the guarenteed analysis is 14% protein, 6% fat, 12.5% fiber.

Certainly better than sweet feed, Calf Manna and corn. Reasonably priced and readily available.

Peggysue 06-15-2010 11:42 AM

If I HAD to feed Purina I would go with Ultima or Enrich32 ONLY they are the only fixed formula low NSC feeds they offer .. that are "fairly" balanced.

Nutrena feeds are not fixed formula either :)

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