what would be best? grain?
My mom keeps bugging me on this topic so I thought I might as well ask what you all thought.
Currently Sonny is on hay..he gets 8 flakes a day, I do have grain from him (Blue Seal I believe is the name), but he doesn't get it on a regular basis. He'll only get it after he does a good job when I'm working him. When he does get them, he'll get a scoop full of it...it's a coffee can..so I believe it's 16 oz. maybe....not sure.
Anyways, should Sonny be on a regular graining schedual? He was just on hay before I bought him, and gets really hyper when he gets too much grain, but my mom thought it was healthier for him to get grained everyday.
I do have a brown mineral block out for him whenever he wants it. I don't know the quality of the hay the barn owner gets, but I do know that all of the barn owners horses survive fine on it.
Thanks in advance!
I think it all depends on how much a horse is working for what kind of supplement/grain he gets fed.
If you are working him everyday or 5 to 6 times a week for at least 30 minutes, I would recommend you feed him grain on a daily basis. But as you mentioned, he gets hot on the grain you feed him (I am guessing its oats..?). There are many feeds out there that don't make a horse hot.
For Example you could try: Senior Feed, Strategy (preferably the grass formula) and rice bran. There are a few other ones, but there are mainly the ones used at where I ride.
Probably feeding that on a daily basis, even if he doesn't get worked a lot would be a good idea, just so he has something different tasting to look forward, too. Just lessen how much you feed if you don't ride him regularly.
I hoped that helped a little
I'm not sure if it's the oats or not. Before I bought him, he was just on hay...he had NEVER gotten grained. I did slowly introduce him to grain and now he can eat it with no problems, but it does get him hot.
I'll usually give him a cup full (again the cup full is the size of a can of coffee) usually 1-2 times a week...more than likely just one time a week.
I was told by a vet that as long as the quality of hay is good, I don't need grain for him, but I don't know the quality
Look around for the type of hay he gets and evaluate it..
Here is a good sheet that explains what to look for:
If the hay quality is bad, then I would suggest feeding him senior feed or strategy, it doesn't have to be a lot...probably like a quart a day.
Our bales are very heavy, about 40 lbs. Does that mean they're moldy? :?
I think it meant each flake, Abby...at least that's what I understood
Most of the hay that he gets is good then, but he does get some dried out/bleached ones also.
What grain does everyone like?
What is your opinion on Purina Hills grain? I don't like Purina dog food (by-products and icky stuff in it) but I don't want to judge their grain by their dog food
Whoooa. DONT feed senior feed. That will make your horse ridiculously hot!
I feed pellets--they don't 'taste good' like sweet feed, but my horses aren't hot, either (and believe me, on sweet feed they used to be!). I feed pennfield feed, and a blue seal... blue seal is fine. You only need a different quality feed if you're seriously competing, or working. My horse that's going to the World show (maybe!) gets the pennfield... he gets worked decently every day. Otherwise... just get him a low protein, basic feed.
if you're not working him much, he gets 'hot' when he's grained, and he's a bit overweight giving him grain is pretty much the last thing you want to do. grain is a high energy density food, so w/o work he's going to gain weight *and* be very hot.
personally I would put him on a vitamin/mineral supplement that way he's getting everything he needs, but won't get hot or gain weight. I personally prefer vitamin/mineral mixes that come in formulas for both alfalfa & grass hays. Select The Best has a great one, but I've also found Uckele's vit/min supplements to be excellent. here's some links w/ info:
Select The Best Select I (for alfalfa hay) & Select II (for grass hay): http://selectthebest.com/products/vi...t1_select2.htm
Uckele Equi-Base Alfalfa: http://www.uckele.com/equine/ezecomm...&productid=544
Uckele Equi-Base Grass: http://www.uckele.com/equine/ezecomm...&productid=546
What would be best...grain?
I feed my horse grain every day - 3 cups in the morning and 3 cups at night. He also gets all the hay he wants as we bring in a huge round bail. He seems very healthy and I have been doing this since December. Hope this helps.
I feed one of my horses Senior Feed and it does NOT make him hot. He's a hard keeper and this is the only thing he can eat.
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