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post #1 of 6 Old 10-03-2009, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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easy to chew feed help needed

Hi all

Toby is a semi easy keeper. He does have an issue chewing though. Lately I have noticed that he chokes on his pelleted feed. He is currently on Blue Seal pelleted feed. I want to put him on something that would be easier for him to chew but not make him energetic.

I thought about the triple crown senior because it is "soft" but he honestly doesnt need all that a senior would need to keep weight on.

Anyone have a recommendation of an easy to chew feed from either Blue Seal or Triple Crown?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-03-2009, 06:31 PM
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The obvious question, are you sure it isn't that his teeth need to be done? Some horses can go longer than the recommended year, but some can't even go that long.

So if you are SURE his teeth aren't the problem, you can just get him soak-able feed, some type of grass or alfalfa pellets. I don't know much about either Blue Seal or Triple Crown, but I do know that Omolene is easy to get down, and you can always mix it with the soaked pellets.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-04-2009, 12:00 AM
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You could put a bit of water in his current feed to soften it up a bit. You don't need to change his diet, if you feel he is doing well on it, just improvise a bit, to help him out. I had a gelding who HATED eating 'dry' feed, so I would just put a bit of water in, mix it up well, and the grain was gone hence forth. He had no issues eating, just didn't like dry food...he liked his hay moistened too, but I could only do that when I was feeding him; when I moved him to the last place he was at, he had free access to round bales. He did just fine, just went to the water trough fairly often!

I do second the advice to perhaps get his teeth checked and floated if need be.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-04-2009, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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I had thought that it might be his teeth as well so I had the dentist out about a month or two ago and he did his teeth. He said they werent bad. I get them done on a yearly basis but because I was having concerns about Toby I had him come out sooner.

I soaked his food last night and he seemed to do a little better with that. The pellets are very small and hard so I might try to find a low starch feed that is a more soakable-friendly type pellet.

Thank you for your help

Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-04-2009, 07:57 AM
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Nutrena makes a low starch pellet 'Safe Choice' and is soakable friendly

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-04-2009, 09:26 AM
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Blue Seal makes CarbGuard - that's a low starch pelleted feed. Soaks very easily (easier than alfalfa cubes).

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