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I'm new to the board and wanted to open up a discussion on horse owners DIY sprouting for their horses.
What kinds of sprouts?
Benefits of different sprouts?
I am trying to cut feed costs while still giving my horses all they need and keep the diet 100% whole food with no synthetics.
I have one Laminitc, IR pony and a cushings mare (who despite not being in foal has lactated for over 2 years non stop) I am thinking that sprouting things like pumpkin seeds, wheat grass and barely will help with the IR, hormone issues and maintain my dressage mare's top-line.
Any thoughts out there on this subject?
There are various degrees of sprouting. If you want to actually sprout for the tender sprouts themselves, it will depend on the kind of seed as to how long it takes. Quinoa sprouts in about 30 hours. Sunflower seeds take 48.
You might consider just doing one step of the sprouting process, and that is to "wake up the seed". All that takes is soaking: 10-12 hours, then rinsing. You can feed the seeds immediately. Waking up the seed is the sprouting process without the seed actually producing the tendrils themselves.
Barley grass and wheat grass are best done with grass sprouting kits rather than the glass jar method of other seeds. Pumpkin takes ages to actually produce a tendril. But you can soak them for 8-10 hours and the sprouting process will have begun!
When it comes to waking up the seeds, getting to just the tendrils stage or letting something like barely/wheat go for 8 days into inches high grass which is better for the horse... Or how do to the nutrients change in those different stages?
I think nutrient wise for my horses I'd like to try: barley, wheat, quinoa and soaked pumpkin seeds.
I wasn't sure about the possibility of sprouting flax?
I'm still researching the if adding in any lentils (which ones) would be a good idea for horses.
The big question and concern for me is are sprouts like wheat and barley safe for IR, Cushing horses?
Wheat grains and barley grain sprouts would not be a good choice for IR or Cushings horses.
However, the grasses (wheat grass, barley grass) in small amounts are fine.
Is anyone here growing/feeding sprouts? I would like to see recipes/ratios/combinations being used or items to avoid (and why!).
I recently switched my hens to sprouts and am VERY IMPRESSED with the results! They all look great, they are happy and healthy, etc. I will soon be getting a miniature horse and would like to sprout for him.