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        11-23-2008, 08:40 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Just for a visual, these pictures were taken on Saturday, the first day I started him on the rice brain. I'll update as time goes on!







         
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        11-23-2008, 08:55 PM
      #22
    Started
    He is a TAD thin but not bad at all I wouldn't add much on him and then try to work him ... what you are looking for now would be the filling in the ribs a little and muscle along the topline

    The muscle comes from QUALITY protien and amino acids ... the filling will come with more fat which is what you will get with the rice bran ...
         
        11-23-2008, 09:05 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Another good product is Ultimate Finish from Buckeye. B&D pole barn in Hudsonville carries it.

    If you are still interested in beet pulp, Tom's Feed Mill in Coopersville (and B&D is getting it) carries beet pulp CRUMBLES. These take about 2-3 minutes to soak up before feeding and are WONDERFUL for cold weather.

    We have a 30 year old gelding that gets 1/2 scoop senior, 1/2 scoop alfalfa meal (again soaks much faster than the pellets) and 1 scoop of beet pulp crumbles in a mash 4 times a day. He also gets hay put out 4 times a day but with his few teeth doesn't get that much nutrition out of the hay.
         
        11-23-2008, 09:15 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ottakee    
    Another good product is Ultimate Finish from Buckeye. B&D pole barn in Hudsonville carries it.

    If you are still interested in beet pulp, Tom's Feed Mill in Coopersville (and B&D is getting it) carries beet pulp CRUMBLES. These take about 2-3 minutes to soak up before feeding and are WONDERFUL for cold weather.

    We have a 30 year old gelding that gets 1/2 scoop senior, 1/2 scoop alfalfa meal (again soaks much faster than the pellets) and 1 scoop of beet pulp crumbles in a mash 4 times a day. He also gets hay put out 4 times a day but with his few teeth doesn't get that much nutrition out of the hay.
    Oh no way! Dang, I wish I'd seen this earlier in the week. I just got the rice bran from Coopersville Hardware. Drat! That's what I get for not asking around/calling around. Then again, I've never heard of beet pulp crumbles! If the rice bran for some freakish reason doesn't work, I'll get some of that.

    PeggySue-thanks. I know he's not crazy thin, but considering we live in MI, it's going to be mad cold and he's 24/7 pasture board, I really want to make sure he's comfortable. I ride him at least 4x a week, and we're doing a lot of trotting work right now, both for work on my seat and for building muscle on him.
         
        11-25-2008, 10:04 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Do you have a product called weightlifter calm where you are ? Works great if being fed in the right amounts. I have seen it do wonders. It is a complete feed so there is nothing more to mix with it. Or Equisoy is another good one over here.

    Cheers, Michael
         
        11-26-2008, 06:48 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    We use a simple diet for our horses. Our experience has been that giving more/free choice high quality hay adds weight/fills out very well (a lot of horses will actually get fat on just hay, if you let them). Higher protein feed and work for adding muscle.
         
        11-26-2008, 07:34 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    PaintHorse, luckily, he does get free choice hay in the form of round bales with all the other geldings. I DID find out last night that my BO has been feeding hay she bought, and keeps they bales they grow at home for the really tough months of the winter. Hers are supposedly higher quality and richer to help keep the fat on in the cold.
         

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