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Feeding horse only when I ride?

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  • Feeding horse only when I ride?

    I currently board my horse outside at an affordable facility that provides 24/7 access to hay, and a small helping of grain each day. It's a high-fat, high-fibre grain that I really like feeding, but any more is up to me.

    I would like to feed my horse some shredded beet pulp as a method of getting his loose salt and multivitamin into him, and to add to hind gut fermentation, but I'm not sure if I can commit to going to the barn at the same time every day. I probably go 6/7 days a week, but not every day and definitely not at the same time every day.

    Is it safe or wise to feed something before/after I ride on a relatively varying schedule? Even if it's just beet pulp?

    The multivitamin I have fed for years is not being made anymore, so if anyone has any suggestions of an affordable multivitamin with selenium and biotin that is readily let me know!

  • #2
    Are the salt and supplements not currently being added to his grain? Could you put them in baggies with the serving of beet pulp and have whoever’s feeding just add it to his feed bucket?

    Or are you looking to replace the grain with a beet pulp/VM supplement combo instead?


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by Amy3996 View Post
      Are the salt and supplements not currently being added to his grain? Could you put them in baggies with the serving of beet pulp and have whoever’s feeding just add it to his feed bucket?

      Or are you looking to replace the grain with a beet pulp/VM supplement combo instead?
      Salt licks are given, vitamins/free salt are not being given. I was hoping to add this to his diet.

      I'm worried about impaction colic and what his condition will look like after not having his daily multivitamin, although I must say the hay appears to be of superb quality.


      • #4
        It's completely fine to give the beet pulp/whatever at any time you are there, equine digestion does not require a schedule. Skipping a day per week of vitamins or won't hurt him at either. Especially if he has nice hay.
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        • #5
          My BO is willing to feed prepared grain/supplements as long as boarders prepare them in ziplock bags. I also like to feed beet pulp, which isn't very baggie-friendly, so maresy only gets beet pulp when I'm out (4-5 days per week, evenings on weekdays, mornings on weekends). I haven't had an issue.

          I would ask your barn management if they'd be open to feeding the allotted grain portion via baggie, along with the horse's other supplements. Although there's no beet pulp to "hide" supplements, if the grain has any amount of molasses, the salt should stick to the feed.

          As for a v/m supp, I like California Trace. Vermont Blend is another good option, formulated to balance east coast grass hay.


          • #6
            I'd think it would be fine so long as it's not alot of beet pulp at once.


            • #7
              It is better not to have a set time. It stops dobbin getting upset because you are 0.543 seconds late to feed.

              As you are going most days a week, yes you can feed the same thing each day you are there.

              There is no point if you are only doing it once a week as they don't have what they need to break it down
              It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              • #8
                We've done this for years with no obvious ill effects.


                • #9
                  Are you planning on soaking the beet pulp before giving it?


                  • #10
                    How many pounds of the high fat high fiber concentrate is he getting per day, and what is it?


                    • #11
                      My reply disappeared.

                      Not sure why you want to eliminate starch.

                      Do NOT increase ration balancer above the recommended dose.

                      If you want to add calories without starch, add (e.g., rice bran) oil.

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                      • #12
                        I like Purina Free Balance 12:12 loose mineral. I don't offer it free choice but each horse gets it on feed. The fatties just get it with some plain no molasses beet pulp. It balances a hay/grass only diet nicely. Never had palatability issues with it either.


                        • #13
                          The issue here is its a no frills boarding barn priced accordingly. Not specific products to feed but who and when to feed extras above what the barn provides. Spent years in that type barn. Typically came out 4 or 5 times a week, fed the extras those days. Never had a problem. However I did use common sense with how much of what extras and if the barn provided rations were not enough to keep the horse in decent weight, I moved. I added only things like hoof and coat supplements, maybe some soaked alfalfa cubes and didn’t try to make up for a calorie deficient basic diet. Just put some extra bloom on them. Don’t really get lugging the beet pulp out there and fooling with it.

                          Think the most important question here is does the horse really need the extras? If the hay and little bit of concentrate the barn gives are doing the job? Do you really need to add? If they are not doing the job, it is usually cheaper in both money and your gas and time to just pay more for a barn that feeds better and more hay. I learned that one the hard way but it took awhile to soak in. I spent more then the increase in board fooling around trying to DIY and barns that just didn’t feed enough thinking I was saving money.
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                          • #14
                            Yes, that should be fine. I would suggest you find a pelleted multi-vitamin. Many horses will just eat that without any carrier - like beet pulp or grain. Smartpak makes a few.


                            • #15
                              Yep totally fine- I wouldn't give him like 10 pounds of beet pulp (and I'm sure you're not planning to lol) but a small amount, well soaked to carry his supplements- sure
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                              • #16
                                Shouldn't be a problem.
                                My 3'6" hunter lives out 24/7 with free choice hay (grass in the summer), an auto waterer and a salt lick. I'm at the barn 5 days/wk. He gets some RB, his hoof supplement, and a vit e/selenium supplement after I ride. He looks great.

                                If you're worried about impaction colic just offer water before and after you ride and feed. There's added water with soaked beet pulp as well. Plus adding salt encourages them to drink.


                                • #17
                                  As long as the Beet Pulp is only enough to be a snack it should make no difference how often or when it is fed. Getting a multi vit even 4 out of 7 days a week is better than not and should not affect his digestion at all. You do not need beet pulp for hind gut fermentation if he is getting adequate hay. He should not need loose salt if a lick is available to him and he is otherwise healthy. I always offer mine a fresh drink of warmish water before and after I work them even though plenty of clean warmed and unwarmed water is available to them all the time...they always drink after...I swear it is just "oh what momma have must taste gooooooddd" . You can bring a 2 liter bottle of HOT water or 2 possibly even flavor with a tad of molasses..transported from home in a cooler if there is no hot water available at the barn to warm up some fresh cold water..yep been there still doin that even though they have hot water.


                                  • #18
                                    Yep, totally fine. Mine have lived out 24-7 for years and I feed them when I come, different times every day, at most 6 days a week. Some days I hit up another boarder to feed when they go out. No issues at all. Easy keepers eating ration balancer or a small amount of regular feed. They have free choice hay when grass is not sufficient.
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