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post #11 of 17 Old 12-21-2008, 08:32 PM
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Okay, so, I would ask them to DOUBLE her hay. 4 flakes of grass hay just isn't enough, especially in the winter. My two are getting at least 8 flakes a day (25-30 lbs), about 1/2 a bale, more when it's below freezing.

I would decrease the strider and add a vitamin supplement. If you want easy, go with a smart pak. I'd get Smart Vite Maintenance Grass, Cool Calories (solid fats), and Smart Digest. The maintenance grass is all the vitamins and minerals she needs. The weight builder will add fat without hyper calories. The smart digest is a pro/pre-biotic to make sure she's properly digesting all of her food (optional).

You total SmartPak bill would be $43 per month.

In SmartPaks
12/22/2008 Cool Calories 100 $12.95
12/22/2008 SmartDigest $11.25
12/22/2008 SmartVite Maintenance Grass $19.10
Subtotal $43.30

The SmartVite is made for horses not getting any (or enough) fortified grain. It will 100% complete her diet. You need some kind of supplement that is specifically for your situation, no or not enough fortified feed. A general vitamin/mineral supplement isn't going to cut it. Other supplements that would be good include Select II, Linpro, Uckele Equi-Base grass, and Augment. I'm sure there are others, those are just the more common ones.

If they won't increase her hay, then buy some hay pellets, preferably Alfalfa/Bermuda mix or Timothy mixed. Have them feed her 1 to 2 big 2qt feed scoops with each serving of hay, in addition to her grain and the above vitamins.

The mina-vite is definitely a good option instead of the grain. I would add some hay pellets to that, for extra calories.

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post #12 of 17 Old 12-21-2008, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I dont think they would double her hay I have to do it myself when Im there. And they wont add anything to her grain I would have to do it. the volunteers do the feedings.

I dont want to take away stryder cause If im not there one day to give her the extras she wont get anything.

Im really hoping to use mina-vite from blue seal. I need to know how much to add to her 1/4 strider.

I really like the idea of hay pellets do you have a link??? WOuld it be the same as hay strachers??
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 12:34 AM
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Go to your feed store to ask about hay pellets. Most all carry them.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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good to know thnks
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 06:18 AM
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wow! i had no idea that full board included them telling you what your horse should get. if you are prepared to buy the extra feed then they should feed it to your horse. considering the amount of money you usually pay for full board you should at least have the option of your horse eating what you want it to eat.

anyways, if nothing else the amount of hay she gets should probably be upped and the extra feed you are talking about is a great idea too

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post #16 of 17 Old 12-25-2008, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Oh I know! its ridiculous! Ill ask about the hay! And yeah I cant wait to get her started on the mina vite!
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-26-2008, 10:29 PM
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I have always kept my horses at my house so I could feed them whatever I wanted. But I did board one for a small amount of time and they only offered Alf hay and oat hay which was extra. If you wanted your horse on anything else you had to do it yourself. I was glad to move her back home. It may cost you a little more by supplementing feed you want but in the long run you'll be happier. Try finding other people at the barn you can help out and that way when you can't make it they may be willing to throw your horse some extra feed also.
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