my horse is a 4 year old appaloosaXqh gelding. this winter he has lost condition because we have barely any grass. i feed him hay but i think this isnt enough and was wondering what type of grains i could feed him. i want ones that will give him enough nutrients and put condition/weight back on, but also keep him calm. also how much to feed scoop wise. thankyou
We have a hard keeper that would loose weight on hay alone in winter. We feed him and our other horses 1/2 to 3/4 scoop (soaked) beet pulp and 1/4 to 1/2 scoop low protein sweet feed. The beet pulp we get is a rolled pellet form. Usually 1 full scoop dry is enough to feed all six of our horses if soaked overnight. If we were to use shredded beet pulp, it would take 2 full scoops dry to make the same amount. The sweet feed does not have much molasses in it. I never have noticed any change in our horses demeanor giving them this. If we were to give them a higher protein sweet feed or with more molasses, I'm sure they would get kind of nutty from the feed.
When we give it to our other horses, it keeps them from getting a "hay belly" in the winter.
Condition can only be obtained by work, not by feed.
For calories I use soaked beet pulp. It gives the bonus of getting extra water into them during the winter.
My main feed is Safechoice and Hay Stretcher pellets. (Right now they are not getting anything but a small amount of Hay Stretcher pellets.)
Beet pulp in pellets or shreds will do wonders. I don't bother soaking mine overnight, but I do put water in it and let the pulp absorb all the water before I feed.
I wouldn't recommend feeding sweet feed. It's like giving candy to children; tasty, but very little nutritional value.
You'll have to play with the amount since all horses are different, and what might work with one won't work with another. I feed beet pulp only in the winter, because my horses are very easy keepers and don't need it during the summer months.
They get a dry, pelleted feed and hay stretcher pellets during the summer.
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