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        03-21-2013, 11:03 AM
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    Yeah, aren't they saying to NOT add the fat to an overweight horse's diet? It sounded like making them lose the weight first. I'm going to stick to what I'm doing now. They do seem to have lost a slight amount of weight....but more importantly, have not gained.
    Call me jaded but I read it to say basically "feed my product if you want results"... I've also felt like there is some head bumping going on with the research and recommendations of both Dr Vs. There are parallels but they also have their own twist.
         
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        03-21-2013, 11:09 AM
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    Call me jaded but I read it to say basically "feed my product if you want results"... I've also felt like there is some head bumping going on with the research and recommendations of both Dr Vs. There are parallels but they also have their own twist.
    yeah, I kinda felt that too. However, if the MD did create a feed that did work well for EPSM horses, I guess he should get the credit for it. The feed, however, is not much different than some of the others....same fat content so......

    Everyone's list does have the Purina Ultium on it. I used to feed it and loved it. My senior QH mare, was very healthy and she was a hard keeper. I didn't even feed the whole ration to them.

    Desert or LHP.....if I was to buy straw, is the bedding stuff ok?
         
        03-21-2013, 11:31 AM
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    It is just bedding straw. You can just toss them a flake to pick at and keep themselves busy but many horses won't touch it. I'd start by looking for a lesser quality grass hay, a little stemmier and more mature that will have less calories. You're probably only finding a nice imported Bermuda which is probably way up there in the RFV department.
         
        03-21-2013, 11:41 AM
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    It is just bedding straw. You can just toss them a flake to pick at and keep themselves busy but many horses won't touch it. I'd start by looking for a lesser quality grass hay, a little stemmier and more mature that will have less calories. You're probably only finding a nice imported Bermuda which is probably way up there in the RFV department.
    Yes, that may be hard to find. These feed stores cater to the race horses and high end horses around here. I'll keep my eye out at a couple on the outskirts of the area. Belle will eat a lot of things that other horses won't, so there is hope for her maybe with a little straw. We will see!
         
        03-21-2013, 11:47 AM
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    All my horses enjoyed a little wheat straw I had for bedding. I did stalls, and each horse went to town on the fresh straw for about half an hour, then ate the hay. Everyday. But we didn't have grain hay in Europe. American horses are probably spoiled and will see straw as low quality grain hay which is not to be eaten......

    Only possibility I see is really cut hay portion, and add the straw and don't give in......they either eat it, mission accomplished, or leave it...mission accomplished( let's hope for sturdy fences)
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