Designed to balance diets of Broodmares and Growing Horses when fed with pasture, hay, and whole oats
The Barn Bag® Broodmare and Growing Horse Pelleted Feed Concentrate is the preferred source of required basic daily nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, essential amino acids, etc.) for all broodmares and growing horses. The formulation and nutrient content of the Barn Bag® is derived from research done at the Life Data Labs Research Facility with additional reference to the nationally recognized NRC Nutrient Requirements of Horses.
Grass Hay and/or Pasture is the preferred source for bulk, fiber and roughage. Grass hay is preferred over legume hay. Alfalfa hay contains excess calcium and crude protein and is best not to feed at more than one-third of the diet. Hay extenders can be utilized if necessary. Pasture horses or horses consuming only hay can be hand fed Barn Bag®.
Oats in their natural state (not rolled, crimped, or ground) are the preferred source for the calorie/energy feed group. Whole oats retain their nutrient quality for a longer storage life. Regulate body condition, or weight, by increasing or decreasing the amount of energy or whole oats given. Calorie extenders such as vegetable oils may be used if necessary to increase the caloric density of the diet. Beet pulp is another good source of calories.
Benefits of Feeding Whole Oats as a Source of Calories:
- Oats are highly digestible, palatable, often locally grown, and are typically less expensive than compounded all-in-one feeds.
- Whole oats are not as messy as sweet feeds, leaving cleaner feed buckets and minimal fly attraction.
- Feeding whole oats requires the horse to chew and salivate, helping maintain dental health, improve feed digestibility, and reduce the incidence of gastric ulcers.
- With Barn Bag®, most horses will consume less oats than a typical all-in-one feed, resulting in less waste clean up, reduced odor, fewer flies, and fewer trips to dispose of soiled bedding.
BROODMARES: Feed separately or top dress on whole oats. For each 1000 lbs. of body weight feed one (1) standard kitchen measuring cup (170 g) of Barn Bag® Broodmare and Growing Horse Pelleted Feed Concentrate per day, preferably divided into two feedings of 1/2 cup (85 g) each feeding.
GROWING HORSES: Feed separately or top dress on whole oats. For each 1000 lbs. of expected mature body weight feed one (1) standard kitchen measuring cup (170 g) of Barn Bag® Broodmare and Growing Horse Pelleted Feed Concentrate per day, preferably divided into two feedings of 1/2 cup (85 g) each feeding.
The basic diet should be grass hay and, if available, a normal allotment of pasture grazing. Whole oats are the preferred energy source for weight management and the increased calorie needs of pregnancy, lactation, and growth. If currently feeding a compounded all-in-one feed, gradually, over the course of ten days replace the compounded feed with whole oats (see chart).
Regulate body condition, or weight, by increasing or decreasing the quantity of whole oats fed. Provide free choice hay, whole oats, and Barn Bag®. Calorie extenders such as vegetable oils may be used if necessary to increase the caloric density of the diet. Sugar beet pulp is another option for providing calories in the diet.
If hay or pasture meets the horse’s caloric requirement to maintain body weight, Barn Bag® Broodmare and Growing Horse Pelleted Feed Concentrate may be given without oats. The horse also needs free choice loose white salt and fresh water. Horses may receive supplements for specific individual needs, such as Farrier’s Formula® for hoof problems.
|General Feeding Guidelines for Growing Horses, Pregnant Mares,
Lactating Mares, and Open Broodmares
|Body Weight of Mare or Expected
Adult Weight of Growing Horse (lbs)
|Barn Bag® Feeding
Level per day (cups)
per day (lbs)
|Hay or Equivalent Pasture*
per day (lbs)
*Hay, pasture, and whole oats consumption are guidelines only. Hay, pasture and whole oats quality can vary. Fresh pasture grass can contain up to 80% moisture. Thirty to forty pounds of pasture is the equivalent of approximately ten pounds of hay. The average broodmare beginning in the eighth or ninth month of pregnancy and continuing through lactation will require 1/2 to 1% of body weight in oats per day, divided into two or more feedings.
Horses may receive supplements for specific individual needs, such as Farrier’s Formula® for hoof problems.
Crude Protein (Min)
Crude Fat (Min)
Omega 3 F. A. (Min)
Crude Fiber (Max)
Ascorbic Acid (Min)
Vitamin A (Min)
Vitamin D (Min)
Vitamin E (Min)
Folic Acid (Min)
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