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Only feeding 3-4 days per week...

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    Only feeding 3-4 days per week...

    Not as bad as it sounds ;-)

    My mare shares a paddock with one other horse. Said horse will steal my horse's grain/feed. Both horses get good quality free choice grass hay. My mare could use a little extra weight. If I am only at the barn 3-4 days per week, what could I feed her during those visits that would help with weight gain? What is safe to feed only a few days per week in fairly large quantities? My mare can be a little picky...

    Beet pulp or hay pellets, possibly with some oil dumped on.

    A few pounds a few times a week is not a big deal, and you will see results in the weight dept.

    Plus, cheaper than grain!


      Original Poster

      Awesome! Thanks for the advice! I was definitely thinking of doing a alfalfa pellet/beet pulp mash. Would you recommend veggie or corn oil? Amounts? So you recommend feeding 2-3 lbs of this mash every visit and that should be safe? Glad to know that amount would make a difference. I was thinking it would need to be a LOT more than that.


        Originally posted by NikkiS View Post
        Awesome! Thanks for the advice! I was definitely thinking of doing a alfalfa pellet/beet pulp mash. Would you recommend veggie or corn oil? Amounts? So you recommend feeding 2-3 lbs of this mash every visit and that should be safe? Glad to know that amount would make a difference. I was thinking it would need to be a LOT more than that.
        You'd be amazed at what even a pound or two (wet) of beet pulp will do for a horse who needs just that extra little bit of calories.

        Veggie or corn, doesn't really matter. Start with half a cup per feeding, work up to a cup after a week...I think the max recommended is about two cups. Cocosoya is also an option.

        Also, the alternative is going with something like Nutrena Empower, which is fed in 1-lb's basically rice bran in a super palatable form.


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          I will have to look into the cocosoya oil. I have been reading a lot about it on COTH, but haven't really looked into how it's different/better than corn/veggie oil.

          With the Empower, doesn't that really need to be fed daily? Could I add the empower TO the beet pulp mash or would the two together be overkill?


            Beet pulp is fantastic.

            A not on topic suggestion is to ask the barn if they are willing to put a feed bag on her for meal time if you buy one. The other horses can't steal anything that way.

            You could still give her a special mash when you are out there as well.
            My herd for life:
            King: 21 year old Foxtrotter gelding
            Ruais: 8 year old Friesian/Arabian mare


              Originally posted by NikkiS View Post
              With the Empower, doesn't that really need to be fed daily? Could I add the empower TO the beet pulp mash or would the two together be overkill?
              No, it can be a supplemental thing, and you can definitely add to the beet pulp.

              I kept a very high-octane, hard keeping TB mare going on nothing but 1lb alfalfa pellets/1lb beet pulp/1lb Empower Boost, fed twice a day. She was a little ADD, and didn't like to eat her mash (but needed it soaked for throat issue) if it got cold, so I needed to pack as many calories into her as possible in a relatively small amount of food.

              When she swapped to a barn where I wasn't allowed to mix my grain myself, it took 6lbs of their "hard keeper" grain twice a day to keep the same amount of weight on her.

              It's amazing what even a little amount of beet pulp can do.


                Is she getting run off the hay?


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                  No, she is not getting run off the hay. They are fed three times a day in separate feeders. Every time I am there, both feeders have hay in them with them napping nearby. lol. She isn't getting shorted in that department.