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post #1 of 30 Old 09-06-2019, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Grain vs. hay pellets

I am a equine nutrition novice, so bear with me....I currently feed my horse Racers' Edge Low Starch grain. He also gets a mineral supplement (free choice) and salt (free choice) in addition to his grazing and hay. He could stand to lose a little weight, but is not alarmingly overweight at all. (could maybe lose 100 lbs max) In fact, we just cut his feed back this week from 1.5 scoops twice daily to 1 scoop twice daily to see how this works in his favor. Is there any benefit to switching him to timothy pellets from the grain? Do horses truly NEED grain? I know there are many opinions on this, but thought I'd throw it out there :)

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If he is getting his calorie need met by the forage whether hay or pasture and you have him on a "daily vitamin" aka ration balancer (like the purina free balance of something similar) then no need for grain at all.
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I would say for a horse in minimal work (especially one that is chunky), then grain isn't required at all. If you have a ration balancer or minerals/supplements sometimes it is necessary to mix it in a little bit of grain or pellets so the horse eats them.

My guys all get a bit of soaked beet pulp with their minerals once a day. I like the beet pulp b/c it is low sugar and gives them extra water and is great for their guts.
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I am a equine nutrition novice, so bear with me....I currently feed my horse Racers' Edge Low Starch grain. He also gets a mineral supplement (free choice) and salt (free choice) in addition to his grazing and hay. He could stand to lose a little weight, but is not alarmingly overweight at all. (could maybe lose 100 lbs max)
If he really is 100# overweight, that is way too much weight.


He doesn't need grain of any sort but a low calorie, low starch ration balancer where it only takes one cup or one pound daily to get his vitamins & minerals in him should be ok - should.


That said, one person's eye for a "hundred pounds max" might be another person's eye for "50 pounds max" :) Several of us have lived thru pulling 100 pounds off insulin resistant horses and know what that much extra weight looks like, even on a hulky QH:)


You might post a clear side view picture of him -- without anything on his back and in good light. Post the opposite side the mane falls on, so the crest of the neck can be seen clearly:)
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Those of you that use beet pulp, do you do shreds or pellets? I've only ever used shreds.

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Those of you that use beet pulp, do you do shreds or pellets? I've only ever used shreds.
I prefer the pellets because they are easier to feed, they don't require soaking. Or at least the Standlee ones don't require it.
I took my horses off the complete feed (with much protest) and switched them over to alfalfa and beet pulp pellets.

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I prefer the pellets because they are easier to feed, they don't require soaking. Or at least the Standlee ones don't require it.
I took my horses off the complete feed (with much protest) and switched them over to alfalfa and beet pulp pellets.
Exactly what I did. My one horse kept getting ulcers, I cut out the grain, just some soaked beet pulp and alfalfa cubes and Hoffman's minerals. That was two years ago, no more ulcers. Much cheaper too!
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Exactly what I did. My one horse kept getting ulcers, I cut out the grain, just some soaked beet pulp and alfalfa cubes and Hoffman's minerals. That was two years ago, no more ulcers. Much cheaper too!
Same here. All the junk in the complete feed was causing issues. I'm still transitioning but I see and feel the difference in cleaning up their diet.

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Oh I saw a big difference in my wallet and their behaviour!
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For sure!!!

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