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        12-16-2009, 05:51 PM
    Thats why I feed OTHER things BESIDES the scoop grain.
    But how do you know the other things are exactly making up for the nutrients not being fed because you are feeding less than the recommended dose?
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        12-16-2009, 05:59 PM
    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    But how do you know the other things are exactly making up for the nutrients not being fed because you are feeding less than the recommended dose?
    This is why it's so important to analyze everything your horse is getting, and then balance accordingly with a good vitamin/mineral supplementation program. Don't just guess!
        12-16-2009, 07:06 PM
    ^ Exactly - I use FeedXL to balance my horses diets.
        12-16-2009, 08:26 PM
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    Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
    After completely switching your horses over to the healthy diet, how long did it take for you to notice the changes in your horses feet, moods, coat, etc. ??
    I could see new hoof growth coming in after avout 60-90 days. Their attitudes and hair changed within 30 days. Manes and Tails started growing out within 30-60 days.

    My mare and gelding have been on a natural diet for over a year now and they're still doing wonderfully. My vet just "oozed" over my gelding's feet, lol.

    My Halfinger has been on a natural diet since we bought him last August. An area where he rubbed his mane out at his last owner's place is now nearly 6.5" long in just 5 months!

    One of my student's Appy gelding has been on the natural diet since he got here in mid-October. When he got here he had a very sparse mane, NO forelock, you could SEE his tail bone, and he had the worse oozing rain rot I've ever seen. His winter coat has come in darker and SO soft, his mane and tail are noticably longer, and he is actually starting to get a forelock! His rain rot is about 90% gone now too, with new hair starting to grow in. He was not fed at his last owners at all, just (non-fertilized) pasture and mid to low quality hay. His muscle development is also VERY nice! He looks like an athelete now, not just a "barely good weight" pasture puff, lol.
        12-16-2009, 08:29 PM
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    Originally Posted by Padrona    
    And I wouldn't say it's not doing any good at all. The horse is still getting some nutrients, and calories to be burned for energy, and that's good.
    That's like saying eating the fotified bun with McDonald's for every meal is "enough nutrition". I mean, it's something, but it's not nearly enough... If you're going to pay for feed, but you have to feed "other things" too, then why not quit and feed something healthier? Like hay pellets or whole oats and a good, complete vitamin supplement? Or switch to a ration balancer, which is at least more complete when feeding just 1-2 lbs a day.

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