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Clair 08-23-2010 08:18 PM

Grain Dilemma- What's good for us?
We are moving my little gelding Quarter Horse, Kelty, to a new boarding stable. He is currently being fed Ultium (which as I understand, is somewhat more expensive)

I'd like to go ahead and change his feed during/around his move (any tips on how to do that, by the way, are great too)

I am just absolutely and totally boggled by the many different formulas and ingredients and marketing.. It seems like everyone's selling something!

Reading the backs of paper bags after a while makes you cross eyed
For reference-
He is 5 years old, recently gained too much weight at his current stable (which I really don't like, he was perfect), and he's not a performance based horse. We work maybe 3 or 4 times a week at least, and he's out in the pasture (this is south Texas, not a lot of grass). So I wanna do trail competitions like ACTHA and stuff regularly, and participate in play days, but he's certainly no champion jumper or barrel horse.

Sooo I'm trying to look into switching his grain and I'd really like to hear from some real people who know about this have to say about grains and feeds, etc.

I have been looking at Safechoice, but I'm open to pretty much anything. I could also feed Empower.. I'd just love love love some advice.

SaddlebredGrl 08-23-2010 09:58 PM

i'm personally not a big fan of feeding grain unless you have too. Ultium is on the expensive side, and is a great feed for performance horses or horses on the thinner side. purina has some good feed for overweight horses its weight control, but i think it costs more than the Ultium. Also is your horse getting hay out in the pasture? My friends walking horse was so fat it wasn't even funny, so she put a grazing muzzle on him and started him on weight control, and upped his exercise and he looks amazing. I'm not a fan of the grazing muzzle 24/7 though. I'd say if your going to feed grain the safechoice is probably your best bet for an overweight horse. If your giving supplements or something i'd just give a handful. How often will your horse be getting grain?

Clair 08-23-2010 10:30 PM

He's not that overweight at all. I'm not picking a new food to get his weight down, we'll just cut the portion and maybe something was off with his hay, like I said, I'm switching stables.

It's very noticeable to me, like his hindquarters are flabby and he's getting the beginning of a neck roll... but I'm picking a feed aside from the chub factor.

He will be getting twice a day grain. It's hard to graze in this part of texas where I llive. Very rocky and dry.. he will have hay.

SaddlebredGrl 08-23-2010 11:34 PM

Ok i only said that cause you said he gained too much weight. The hay is more important than grain. If you think his weight is fine, you can pretty much feed him anything really if he isn't getting worked heavy or too skinny or anything. I used to feed my horse 12% sweet feed made by dumor. Than he dropped too much weight in the pasture and we had to switch him to old man food. I really like any purina products, they have a lot to choose from.

Deerly 08-24-2010 03:33 AM

If I were you I would probably wait until he was settled before changing his diet. That is a whole lot of transitioning all at once for a habit based creature. I've always been told that when you make changes to a diet - particularly removing something, you should give them 10 days to get used to it.

When I was modifying my horse's diet I slowly weaned him off the things we were dropping and only added/replaced one new thing at a time every 10 days. That way if something is upsetting them you'll easily be able to know what it was.

Are you mainly feeding grain to mix supplements in? A young horse like that should hopefully be able to get most of their nutrients from the hay/grass.

My horse (7) has chronic lamenitis and so sugar (and weight control) are very important to me. I feed him a mix of integrity lite and purina horse chow 100 which works very well. Not too much of either, but a mix of both with his supplements. I may drop the horse chow at some point but I'm happy with where he is right now in terms of weight and energy.

Edit: If you are noticing flab the cure is probably just gunna be more exercise :)

PaintedFury 08-25-2010 12:54 PM

Ultium may be more expensive per bag, than other feeds, especially the really cheap feeds, but you have to feed far less of it than the others. It is actually about the same as the other feeds when you break it down into cost per feeding. Most of the Purina feeds are complete feeds, so you don't have to add any supplements, just hay and water, and maybe not had depending on what feed it is. And from the looks of it Ultium is one of these feeds. It actually contains roughage in the form of beet pulp and Soy hulls. I included a link to Purina's website with the Ultium information on it. It's actually some good reading, and you can also research some of their other feeds while you are there.

Purina Horse Feeds - ULTIUM

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