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  • Minimal/Grain-free Diets

    I tried searching for this topic, so I apologize if it's a repeat. (Though I imagine quite a few subjects are probably on a cycle here. ) If you remember a relevent thread, I'd be grateful to be pointed in the right direction.

    Does anyone here have their horse on a very low grain or grain-free diet? What do you feed? What kind of work is your horse doing? What breed/sex/age?

    TIA!

    Edit: By grain, I mean actual GRAIN (wheat, corn, etc.) Not concentrated feed of any sort.
    Last edited by lferguson; Apr. 15, 2013, 07:52 PM.

  • #2
    My guys are easy keepers and usually live out 24/7 with unlimited hay in winter, grass the rest of the year. I typically can get away with minimal grain most months, little bit more in the winter.
    Feed TC Lite, once a day, plus a multi vit and sometimes oil if I've got a draft cross.
    They are ridden 6 days a week and I've competed through Preliminary and a long format Training 3 day this way...

    Geldings, over the years range in age from 5-18, IDSH, wb, and draft cross.
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      #3
      Originally posted by asterix View Post
      My guys are easy keepers and usually live out 24/7 with unlimited hay in winter, grass the rest of the year. I typically can get away with minimal grain most months, little bit more in the winter.
      Feed TC Lite, once a day, plus a multi vit and sometimes oil if I've got a draft cross.
      They are ridden 6 days a week and I've competed through Preliminary and a long format Training 3 day this way...

      Geldings, over the years range in age from 5-18, IDSH, wb, and draft cross.
      How much is that once daily serving?

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      • #4
        I feed ZERO grain. (shhh don't tell my horse).

        I feed tim pellets, and equi pride.

        The tim pellets rattle just like grain, and she gets them 2 x a day. So that is grain right??

        Right now for spring/summer she is getting 1/2-1 CUP (yes this is a measured amount) 2 x a day and the measured appropriate amount of equipride - which is a supplement. Oh and I do give her a handful of shredded BP 1 time a day. (well . . I do)

        Winter, she gets 2 cups 2x a day of tim pellets and lots of hay.

        Rocky Mt, mare, coming 7 this summer.

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          #5
          Originally posted by rmh_rider View Post
          I feed ZERO grain. (shhh don't tell my horse).

          I feed tim pellets, and equi pride.

          The tim pellets rattle just like grain, and she gets them 2 x a day. So that is grain right??

          Right now for spring/summer she is getting 1/2-1 CUP (yes this is a measured amount) 2 x a day and the measured appropriate amount of equipride - which is a supplement. Oh and I do give her a handful of shredded BP 1 time a day. (well . . I do)

          Winter, she gets 2 cups 2x a day of tim pellets and lots of hay.

          Rocky Mt, mare, coming 7 this summer.
          LOL!

          What breed and age are your mare and what is her activity level?

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          • #6
            Please define grain as you intend it
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              #7
              Originally posted by JB View Post
              Please define grain as you intend it
              Just edited my question.

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              • #8
                I never feed my horse straight grain of any kind.

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                • #9
                  Ok, then based on the edit (thanks!) mine are all grain-free.

                  I feed a ration balancer to 2, and a v/m supplement to 2, neither of which have grains. The 2 who get the v/m get about 2c beet pulp as a carrier. The 2 who get the RB get varying amounts of beep - 1 just about 3c, and the other about 6c. The 6c horse is my 2yo, and I can increase or decrease that as his weight fluctuates during growth and stagnant phases.
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                  • #10
                    Mine are grain free with one exception...my toothless older stallion gets a little bit of senior feed to flavor his beet pulp/alfalfa pellet mash. I'm feeding 16 horses of my own now and several boarders so it's a pretty good sample.

                    I feed about a lb or two a day of alfalfa pellets to my Spanish mustangs. They get a vit/mineral supplement also. Good quality tim/orchard/clover hay as needed or good pasture. They've been on this diet since 2008.

                    She said "no concentrated feed" of any kind so I think that would eliminate ration balancers. Most ration balancers have some "grain" in them don't they? Or grain byproducts like wheat middlings?

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                    • #11
                      OP, I feed 2 cups 1x a day in warm months, and 5-6 cups in winter.
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                      The little brother, now my main man

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                      • #12
                        I haven't used grains in years.

                        My 19 year old gets ~5 lbs of concentrates a day in the winter, then switches to 1 lb/day of ration balancer in the summer. For her winter feed, she gets either TC Senior or Tribute Kalm N Easy, with alfalfa pellets and rice bran mixed in for extra calories, along with plenty of hay.
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                        • #13
                          Grain free, vit/min supplement and fat supplement for the draft, otherwise T/A hay and pasture all year round, both easy keeper pleasure horses, 6 yr old Clyde mare, and 12 ( as of today, happy b-day Ruby) QH mare.
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                          • #14
                            Neither of mine are fed grain. They each get roughly 3/4 lb of a complete feed daily so I have something to mix their supplements into (I feed it wet).

                            They are in light work, one ride a week or so each. They live out 24/7. Aside from their daily "snack" they just get straight grass hay.

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                            • #15
                              Mine don't get grain, they don't need it. I mainly switched because I was experimenting with cheapness ;-) I'm staying this way because they look and act fantastic. They get free choice grass/timothy hay. They get about 1lb beet pulp and about 1lb alfalfa cubes, soaked, twice a day with a handful of flax thrown in along with a vit/min supplement. One is a 16 hand Walker gelding (I have to check how old he is, lol- maybe 11 or 12?) the other is a 14.1, going on 17 year old Morgan gelding. In the winter, they are couch potatoes- when the weather gets nice, they trail ride (mountain trails mostly) a few times a week for several hours at a time.
                              Kerri

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                              • #16
                                Grain free for 5 years... Plain beet pulp & Equipride or an EquiLix Tub. Hay/pasture. Das ist alles.

                                2 mares (full Percheron & clyde-X) - Perch is retired now. Clyde-X in light work.
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                                • #17
                                  My horse is on KER All phase, which is a concentrated feed/ration balancer pellet. He gets a half pound a day and thinks those pellets are the most delicious thing created. He's a 9 year old Arabian gelding in moderate work.

                                  Edited to add: he's on full turnout with free choice hay but he's convinced the quarter inch of grass is better.
                                  Last edited by DancingArabian; Apr. 16, 2013, 12:41 PM.

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm a big fan of no/low grain diets, most horses just don't need grain.

                                    I have one (three year old Arabian) on a ration balancer and my mare (nine year old Arabian, currently in light work) on alfalfa pellets, flax and HorseTech's High Point. Good stuff!

                                    I've had my mare on a similar diet even when she was in regular work, I feed a lot of hay and hope to manage my pasture a bit better this year so they can graze all summer. If a horse needs weight I would rather add fiber or fat over starch.
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