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What grain does your event horse eat?

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  • What grain does your event horse eat?

    Just curious. What grain does your event horse eat and how much do you feed?

  • #2
    Blue Seal Vintage Performance LS. LOVE IT

    High Fat, Low Starch...really helped w/the one I needed to get weight on...no other brand gave me the results I needed.

    (You know what the summer was like) but Little Sox is back to eventing that guy...this fall.


    • #3
      Originally posted by bosox View Post
      Blue Seal Vintage Performance LS. LOVE IT
      Best feed EVER for a hard keeper hot Tb . I had Mark on BS Mid-Atlantic 10/8 (which I feed Connor), and he turned into a fire-breathing dragon. I switched him to the VP and he is calm, amenable, quiet, oh, and in really good weight . I LOVE it!


      • Original Poster

        Well, I have a very EASY keeper, but a lazy one, so I'm looking at trying a different feed. Can't post under the Hunter forum as they all want to make theirs quieter


        • #5
          Our easy keepers get Pennfield Cool N Lite and they seem to do very well on it. I have one very big guy on a tiny amount right now (plus a vit/min sup), and he is THRIVING. Very, very easy keeper but is working his way up to being a training level horse, but needs a lot of fitness work to do it. He always seems to have plenty of go, considering how little concentrates he actually gets. I have another big guy, easy keeper type who gets a bit more (way more TB in that guy), and he just looks fantastic and feels fantastic. I have a couple of others on it, including a very hard working pony, and they all just look great and feel great. Very good stuff. Depending on the horse they get anywhere from a couple of cups of that a day to 3 lbs a day.

          Our middle of the road horses get Pennfield Performance choice, and our hard keeping and/or hard working horses get Pennfield Ultra Max. My guy is being very slowly weaned onto the Ultra Max from whole oats, hoping he can eat that without skin allergy issues.


          • #6
            Blue Seal Again!

            Both my guys are on the Vintage Performance LS (low starch). One is a thoroughbred, the other is a Dutch/CSH cross. Neither get much grain and both are Preliminary level horses. They are not hot, or hard to keep weight on. They are supplemented with the Blue Seal Min-A-Vite Lite for minerals and vitamins. I requested a Blue Seal nutritionist weigh what my horses needed, and then cross-examine their mineral and vitamin intake. Between the two feeds, they are getting complete nutrition every day.

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            • #7
              Ours are one Seminole Perform Safe... after having them go brainless on Nutrena Ultra Vitality. It's not what I'd feed them if I had my own place, but they seem do well on it.
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              • #8
                I'd still look at the BS VP LS. B/c of the LS and time release formula..it works well with the easy keepers too.

                Pennfield was going to be my next try if BS didn't work for my guys. Out of the 6--I have 5 on the BS. All seem to be doing very well. Just different amounts for what their level of work is.

                Who is this for--Fat man or the little lady?


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by bosox View Post
                  I'd still look at the BS VP LS. B/c of the LS and time release formula..it works well with the easy keepers too.

                  Pennfield was going to be my next try if BS didn't work for my guys. Out of the 6--I have 5 on the BS. All seem to be doing very well. Just different amounts for what their level of work is.

                  Who is this for--Fat man or the little lady?
                  The mare.


                  • #10
                    When I was eventing:
                    Flipper (Mach Two...1100 lb OTTB/chaser): 3 lb Purina Omelene 100 AM & PM plus 1 lb of Purina Athlete in Fall and winter.
                    Plus: a hoof suppliment, and a glucosamine/chrondoitin sulfate suppliment, and MSM to carry it.
                    This was before they were making Ultium and Strategy.
                    What would you try if you knew you would not fail?


                    • #11
                      Purina's Enrich 32 ration balancer, 3/4 pound once a day
                      Rice bran pellets, 1/8 pound once a day
                      Grass or orchard hay, a multivitamin

                      Easy keeper.
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                      • #12
                        My barn owner mixes 3/4 oats with 1/4 cracked corn. Works for both my horses


                        • #13
                          Purina Ultium and Amplify. I feed alot of it! Horses really shine up and look great on these feeds.
                          5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO - you're on course!


                          • #14
                            Spanky aka his royal tubbyness gets 1 lb of crimped steamed oats and 1 lb of dry shredded beet pulp (soaked of course) twice a day. Plus all the bermuda grass he can eat. He competes at Training level and is starting in at the 3'9" to 4' jumpers. He gets worked about 5 days a week now and is finally starting to look really nice and fit and not a pudgy pony. He is an 8yo QH gelding that weights around 1400lbs.... weighted on scales to confirm that... If he starts to need alittle extra I will probably start to add alittle Purnia Amplify to his feed for the extra fat.

                            ~ Jus Passed My Zipper aka Spanky, 11yo QH gelding.
                            ~ Muskogee, 2yo Oldenburg Colt.


                            • #15
                              For the guys that need energy....I like Pennfield Enduro. My other harder keeping guys get Pennfiled Fibergized and 12% pellets.


                              ETA: easy keeping TB mare ate 2lbs of Enduro and 1 lbs 12% pellets 2x a day going to a one star (probably fit enough for a **)....and she was called fatty by a few people (but she really wasn't fat, she is just a rounder shape). Her weight was really good.
                              Last edited by bornfreenowexpensive; Sep. 24, 2009, 02:32 PM.
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                              • #16
                                Pennfield Fibergized and Triple Crown low starch... it has kept weight on my ulcery gelding, and put weight (and a topline!) on my young mare


                                • #17
                                  No grain

                                  1.25 quarts of beet bulp (no sugar/molasses) soaked... platinum performance 2xday, cup of cocasoya oil (vit e and vit e/selenium)

                                  Horse was high on grain... does much better on this diet. (16.3 H training level horse)
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                                  • #18
                                    no grain or pellet here either

                                    beet pulp with glanzen by horse tech. It's just a powder multi vit.
                                    and Tri Amino by Uckele

                                    and I feed only 1 x a day.

                                    24 hour turn out on good grass.
                                    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                    • #19
                                      Wow, no one mentioned XTN. We have almost every horse in the barn on it. With some soaked beet pulp. It's a great feed. It doesn't make them too hot, but sure helps with perofrmance. Most of my horses are always in the running with TR3D's most fit awards, and it might be partially this, as they say it helps in recovery time. I dunno, but I know it works amazingly. Skinny horses come in and 3 months later, you can't believe the difference. It's extruded feed, baked, and never had a horse colic on it either. I guess it's easy to digest.
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                                      • #20
                                        I feed my own horses a bit differently, but every single upper level event barn I've worked in has two core feeds: Signature and Enduro or Fibergized (very similar, but Fibergized is lower carb). Generally, lower-level horses and easy keepers on Signature, the upper level guys on the Enduro. Depending on how difficult it is to maintain weight/sanity, other grains may be used. Rice bran (loose or pelleted) is quite common.

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