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post #1 of 11 Old 07-31-2020, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hay Pellets

I am going to buy some hay pellets to increase fiber and "bribe" my horse to eat some supplements, but I do not know what kind to get. I want something relatively "neutral" in terms of nutrition so that I do not get the supplement's vitamin and mineral servings/ratios/whatever out of proportion. I also do not want something super fattening. So, what is a good hay pellet? I would like for it to be available from Southern States or Tractor Supply (both in the U.S.).

Timothy? Or Bermuda? or Mixed? or...?
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Note that the Dumor large alfalfa pellets are a mix of corn and molasses among other things and vits,mins added. It is more like a feed. Read the bags. They have grass hay pellets as well and mixed - both of those in the Dumor brand will be less expensive than Standlee - and as long as not basically a "feed" pellet like the alfalfa pellets will be OK. They do have a small alfalfa pellet in some stores and it may be those are alfalfa only but READ the bag. Some horses will accept supps in alfalfa before grass or a mix but not a straight grass pellet. My feeling is that you aren't giving more than a token amount to get the supps in so not a problem no matter what you choose. You may find that a pelleted feed works best.

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I use Standlee brand straight timothy pellets to mix my horses supplements in. The Tractor Supplies in both counties I do business in, carry Standlee brand. DuMor does not make anything I would feed:):)

One horse is IR, the other a very easy keeper.

They have big pasture so all they get is about five ounces (measured in a kitchen measuring cup) of Timothy pellets twice daily with their supplements.

You can add enough water to mix everything together, or you can buy 100% pure apple juice and figure out a ratio of apple juice:water that you’re happy with and use that to mix everything.

Orrrrr— this time of year you can finely chop up one cup of watermelon & rind, and add it to the mix. Watermelon & rind is healthy for them as it contains L-Citrulline an amino acid.

My horses love it but some have commented on HF their horses won’t eat watermelon.
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Awesome. Thanks.

Yeah. I was thinking about Timothy. Another boarder uses it and likes it.

I think alfalfa would be too rich, even "plain" with no molasses, corn, or other additives. Besides, the amount of calcium ratio kind of scares me. lol
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You aren't feeding enough for that to matter.

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You aren't feeding enough for that to matter.
How much does it take to matter? I need to cover up the pelleted supplements, which weight about a pound. She won't eat a 1:1 because I have tried that. She'll eat a 2-3:1 ratio, though...
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I'd think wouldn't matter which kind of grass hay pellets you use. Feed the one horse likes best.
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I'd think wouldn't matter which kind of grass hay pellets you use. Feed the one horse likes best.
Okay. Maybe I am just over thinking it. I'll just use Timothy.

Thanks everyone.
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It would take feeding a full 50% of their forage ration based on body weight (1.5 to 2% - so 15 to 20 pounds for a 1000 pound horse is of which half is 7.5 to 10 pounds) daily for years to have an impact.

As you aren't feeding pounds of supplements you shouldn't need that much to mix with. Several other gave good ideas of add ins too. If you are feeding pounds of supplements then you need to look at what you are feeding. A pelletized vit/min supp is meant to stand alone. They make it palatable so you aren't having to mix it. It is for those that don't need the calories of a full serving of pelletized feed but can handle some. The granular vits/mins are feed in ounces for the horses on forage only or that can't handle the extra calories of even a pound or two of feed. Many horses will lick that up without adding to anything. If you want something more than a basic figuring then sign up for FeedXL and have what you are feeding analyzed.

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