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    08-30-2012, 04:55 PM
  #21
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Wasn't aware that triple crown had a ration balancer too. Thanks
So how exactly do you restrict their diet?
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Triple Crown Lite isn't really a ration balancer- they do make a ration balancer, though; it's Triple Crown 30% Supplement. It has a slightly higher NSC (9.8% vs. 9.3%) but you also feed half as much by weight as TC Lite. It's fantastic for easy keepers- my horse is doing very well on it.
     
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    08-30-2012, 05:12 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Triple Crown Lite isn't really a ration balancer- they do make a ration balancer, though; it's Triple Crown 30% Supplement. It has a slightly higher NSC (9.8% vs. 9.3%) but you also feed half as much by weight as TC Lite. It's fantastic for easy keepers- my horse is doing very well on it.
Good to know! I wasn't looking at TC because all I could find around here was Purina and Nutrena. And they have to order the ration balancers which would take two weeks minimum.
So, do you ration the hay too? My little Arab has to loose weight, urgently. I have slowfeeder nets which seems to work, his belly has gone down from 17 to 15 months preggers... in just a week. Can't leave him without anything to nibble as he gets destructive.
I've tried several low starch/ low sugar feeds, but they still contain too much fat.
Life is complicated when you have a super easy keeper and have to get the paddock buddy up in weight (she was missing only about 300lbs...)
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    08-31-2012, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Good to know! I wasn't looking at TC because all I could find around here was Purina and Nutrena. And they have to order the ration balancers which would take two weeks minimum.
So, do you ration the hay too? My little Arab has to loose weight, urgently. I have slowfeeder nets which seems to work, his belly has gone down from 17 to 15 months preggers... in just a week. Can't leave him without anything to nibble as he gets destructive.
I've tried several low starch/ low sugar feeds, but they still contain too much fat.
Life is complicated when you have a super easy keeper and have to get the paddock buddy up in weight (she was missing only about 300lbs...)
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TC30 isn't easy to find here, even though several stores carry TC.

Rationing the hay is good, but you want to keep in mind that horses are designed to have small amounts of food constantly going through. A slow feeder net is great for this, or you can feed hay in small amounts frequently. You should be feeding at least 1.5% of the (ideal) body weight in hay daily; if the horse is still not losing weight, you can swap out some or all of the hay for a less nutritious hay rather than cut back on the amount.

It's definitely a challenge when you have one horse needing to lose weight in with another who needs to gain. Putting "extras" like rice bran or alfalfa pellets into the skinnier horse's grain ration might help him get the extra calories he needs without sharing with the horse who doesn't need it!
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    08-31-2012, 06:46 PM
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I do have slowfeeders and the skinny one got a waaayy bigger ration than him. Now she is in good weight but he is still too fat.....
I figured if I can't find the TC 30 I just give a maintenance low fat feed to both of them, him maybe a handful, her the proper amount and keep standing between them at feeding time. We can't get meager hay here and I figure with an alfalfa oat nix he shouldn't be lacking too much until he goes to work and earns his keep....life's hard.........
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