What can I feed my horse that wont make him HOT?

What can I feed my horse - besides grass hay that wont make him hot? Grain and alfalfa hay have been making him hot (not HOT temperature - HOT as in very hyper). Any ideas??
Beet Pulp (soaked) is good for putting on weight as well as rice bran. Neither will make him hot (it's what I used to feed my TB). Like the previous poster said, he doesn't have to have grain. A good quality grass hay should be fine.
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"Hot" is reserved energy. Try feeding a grain and hay with less sugars and carbohydrates. Sweet feeds, oats and the like tend to make horses hot. I don't like my horses hot, so I feed Strategy grain by Purina. It is a pelleted type of grain which is generally your best bet when trying to keep horses from getting too high on enegy. It has less sugars so it doesn't make horses hot. If that doesn't work then your horse may just be sensitive to grains and not need the extra food source. The only reason horses get grain is to provide additional energy. In this case, I would cut grain and bump up hay needs in order to supplement your horses nutricional value. General rule of thumb, if the horse isn't being used for performance or breeding, they shoudn't be getting grain since it increases the risk for things like founder and colic.

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I wouldnt change his diet. It is hard on a horse to change his diet. Instead what I would do to keep him less hyper or energyzed is to offer A LOT of turn out and lunge him often. People have no idea what turn out does for horses. They think it is ok not to turn them out. Think of it this way. Imagine you being locked up in a box with food and water (toys if your owner is nice enough) and you have no control over what you do. Now if you dont get turned out, you are going to be bored and your legs might hurt from standing in the same place for a long time. And then you get turned out and you have space your in the nice sun. You get grass and you get to be with your buddies. Just remember that horses LOVE their turnout and it can do a lot for them. A friend sold me their horse that I took on because he wouldnt stop bolting, bucking and rearing. I brought him to the barn. He was turned out everyday like usual at my barn, I got on him and he did nothing. He had never been to this place and he was so calm the first time, I took him for a trail ride. Then I sold him back to her because she loved him so much and then I didnt have anything to do with him! =)
Hope this helped, also sorry I enforced the turnout so much! It is just very very important.
True - unless you need the added energy, drop the grain. If you are not certain how good your hay is or know that it is not the best quality and you want to supplement those needs. I will give you my favorite... I hate pushing brand names around but I really, really like this stuff. I feed the Forage First program through ADM Alliance. Great stuff! Supplements the vitamin/mineral needs and is completely based on quality forage, not grains. They have other products as well, performance feeds, supplements etc.
Both alfalfa and grain (especially sweet feed) are high in electrolytes, which are sugars, carbs, and fats. I would just slowly switch him over to feeds with more vitimins and less electrolytes.Also, your horse could be ok with the TYPE of grain but you may be feeding him too much grain. A 3-lb coffee can of oats is not the same amount of feed as a 3-lb coffee can of corn! The can may hold 2-3 lbs of oats, while the can of corn may be 4-5 lbs. Further, since corn is more calorie rich than oats, the can of corn may contain 2-3 times the energy as the can of oats. Any time a horse owner changes feed, he or she must weigh the can of feed to make sure the horse gets fed the same amount of feed every meal. Plus, every different batch of corn or oats may be a different weight. A can of Strategy or Omolene 200 will weigh the same each time, however, sometimes the 3-lb coffee cans are different sizes! An easy option is to purchase a small scale, which can be found in the fishing tackle section of most department stores. This scale can also be used to weigh the horse’s hay. I suggest, though, if your horse is just sensitive to feeds, to get these:

Some good brands to get:

Omolene 200(R) Performance Horse Feed
Omolene 200(R) Performance horse feed is the highest quality sweet feed with "Controlled EnergyTM Formula" designed for competition, breeding and growing horses. Controlled Energy means less sugar and molasses, more energy from vegetable oil and less from starch, In addition, no vitamin supplements are needed.

A nutritionally advanced feed for athletic horses.
60% of Its Energy as Fermentable Fiber And Fat - avoiding sugar that may result in erratic behavior (hyperactivity)
Fat (vegetable oil) And Fiber (beet pulp) - provide horses with an energy-rich diet that also decreases the chances of colic, founder, and tying-up
Yea Saacc1026 Live Yeast Culture - to aid in fiber and phosphorus digestion
High Levels of Antioxidant Vitamins - such as vitamin E
Chelated Trace Minerals
I feed alfalpha thats not o leafey or real green morning & night then beet pulp in the afternoon most grain makes them hot with corn & molassses in it.Stop the grain 2 see if that works.
while not an expert..i was introduced to horses at age 16 we had Grey draft rhoan we mixed a cup of apple cider vinegar to her feed to keep her cool plus it aided her digestion and cut down on parasites and worms..not to mention equine encephalitis which is common with mosquito's down in Florida where i live in the marshlands..hope it helps we also fed her citrus but not too much
Try feeding him less grain and grain that has less carbs-- which produce a lot of energy. What grain do you feed him, if you feed him a lot of sweet feed that could be whats making him hyper-- also it could just be spring fever, lots of horses get riled up in spring time-- try lessening grain and even switching and lungeing him before you ride =)

NOTE: I was reading the response of the person above and strategy is a really good brand of grain... also if your horse is older make sure you are giving him senior feed and not a ton of sweet feed!
We grow and sell alfalfa hay and I wouldn't feed straight alfalfa to my horse. It never ceases to amaze me how many people who are weekend riders do. I know several horse breeders, both those who raise pleasure horses and those who use them for heavy ranch work. Unless you're working your horse hard and often, a heavy alfalfa ration is totally unnecessary. Unless your horse is pregnant, nursing, or very old, good quality hay (green leafy and no mold) is just fine for your average horse who only works a few hours a week.
Definitely a grain that isn't full of molasses. You need something that will give the good stuff to your horse and keep him with energy to still be able to go. How about how much you are feeding? That will make a difference as well. If you are not using him that often don't feed as much. Are you using him enough, maybe he just needs more exercise. Some horses need a lot of time put into them. Just like people some have more stamina and energy than others. If you can't put the time into him, look into getting a quiter horse that doesn't need as much exercise. If that is the case. Another factor is, what style riding do you do? I know with barrel racers, a lot of them are trained to just go, go , go. This results in a hyper horse, that is by no means enjoyable to handle. A lot of just walking and trotting is a great help for this. Also trail riding, don't even take them to the ring to work. Teach him that he can take things slow.
Don't feed him sweet feed or oats. It tends to make horses hot.

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