I may be wrong, but I thought that horses cannot utilize whole corn kernals...as in, can't digest due to the hard seed covering. I feed cracked corn and whole, cleaned oats mixed with a little dry molasses and warm water. Ratio is about 1/4 cracked corn to 3/4 oats. No soaking. ( I've had to go with my own mixture due to horse allergies). I don't find any oats or corn in the manure, so all is getting digested, and horses are all looking good.
Ar dinner time, he'd drain off most of the water, dump the contents of the can into a big wheelbarrow and walk down the barn aisle giving all the horses a good sized scoop of this corn. It would be soft in texture and plumped up. The horses ate it like they liked it and they all looked good.
So you want to soften up the whole kernels for easier chewing?
Haven't really heard of anyone doing that. Perhaps experimenting would give you a better idea of timing it, and quantity of corn in the water. Hot water could speed up the process.
I have to wonder if you will be losing any nutritional value with the soaking time needed to soften whole grains?
Have you thought of purchasing a grinding device, to grind your daily corn and oats allotment? Some experimentation could be in order. Not sure a food processor would be up to that, though a coffee grinder might work. I know a number of flax users grind daily, with the coffee grinders and then cook the flax.
A search for corn grinders turned up this poultry feed article with photos:
This was interesting, didn't know there was so much to know about grinding things! Just had never thought of soaking grains before feeding, like we feed the wet beet pulp.
Something to think on, is that horse teeth are designed to grind food. Having very soft grains all the time, might not give enough wear on the teeth faces to keep them smoothed out. You might need dental checks more often, until you see how soft grains are working for your horse if you go with the soaked grains instead of home grinding.
We have several elderly horses and crack our own grain
for them daily. I had a hand cranked mill initially when I only needed to feed one horse. I now am feeding several and am using a used Harvestore roller mill which will do a couple bushels in around 10 minutes (would go faster if we had a bigger motor on it). You can also buy a powered mill from suppliers for beer making meant to prepare barley which will work on corn. I would not want to try to feed soaked corn in our climate where temperatures are below freezing much of the time between November and March.
PetStore, we have been feeding corn for many years and
have not had problems with founder. We feed corn as the primary grain for the horses. Our philosophy is forage (hay or pasture) is the fundamental food of the horses and grain is given to supplement the calorie consumption. We feed cracked corn to our horses who have problems eating their corn still in whole kernal form. The 36 year old who had lived here since 1988 that we lost last month simply had no functional teeth left and needed his meals "pre-chewed".
A few of the 20 somethings need to be able to consume a significant amount of feed promptly as they will stop eating if all their buddies are done and leaving the barn when they still have more to eat.
OP have you considered soaking corn in a lye bath to produce your own version of hominy? That might work better than simply soaking shell corn in water. It would help balance the calcium/phosphorus better (unless, like us, you are feeding alfalfa for forage). I just read on wikipedia that hominy is used for animal feed as well as for human consumption; perhaps you should explore that.
that's pretty much all corn is good for. I hope the OP is feeding cows and not horses Horses have zero need for all that sugar.... that is unless you are wanting to study the onset of founder and EPSM
Could you be anymore melodramatic??? Good grief. I don't feed corn now but I fed corn for years and never had the first problem. Maybe with EPSM it's a no-go but acting like feeding corn is going to founder every horse is just ridiculous.