Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Southern Indiana
more feed/EPSM questions
I did a forum search for EPSM threads and I know it's kinda controversial, I don't want to start a fiery debate but I have some questions. I have not ordered Dr. Valentine's book yet but I will be ordering it later this week. I've had the chance to read a lot of articles both by her and by others online and she sounds like she knows her stuff. Anyway, my John is 18hh or a little taller and rather underweight. I ran across the EPSM stuff while searching for feeding info; I haven't had him tested but he does look to have much less muscle on his hind end versus the front. Whether it's EPSM or not, the diet sounds like a good thing. And from what I read, I should be able to put all my horses on it with no bad effects, making feeding time that much simpler. All that being said, I've noticed quite a few of you are Purina users which is nice as I have a Purina dealer right down the road and we feed Strategy at the moment. So here are a few of the questions I have:
-With the Strategy, do you guys feed it dry or soaked? I've been feeding mine soaked, both because they enjoy a warm meal on a cold night and because one youngling has teeth issues that makes it much easier to eat. After seeing how much it swells when soaked, I'm nervous to feed it dry...will it cause choke? I used to have a senior gelding that had choke problems on Equine Senior, and the pellets looked virtually similar.
-With the oil, is plain jane vegetable oil from the grocery store okay? Everything says 'any type of vegetable oil' but when they're listed, they show corn-canola-etc but nothing says regular veggie oil.
-His previous owner only fed a small amount of Calf Manna (no, I have no idea why) and kept him stalled with little or no turnout, so it's no wonder he's underweight. He's not Extremely skinny, but his ribs do show a little and his hipbones are rather prominent. At our place we have constant turnout with free access to stalls, free choice local hay, and decent pasture although the pasture is slim pickings this time of year. What amounts of feed should I be giving him, keeping in mind that he needs to put on extra weight? Yes, I am able to do twice-daily feedings...
Anyway, can you help with my questions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!