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post #1 of 11 Old 11-25-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Feed for Foundering horse.

Weve recently -sort of- acquired a foundering horse. She belongs to my brother who lives 3 minutes away. He doesnt believe its that serious and he thinks im blowing smoke up his skirt because all the other horses eat the same stuff she does. The thing is this mare has been this big for seven years. The others have only been there for two years. He doesnt believe she's fat. He thinks she's "Stocky" because she's part QH. Anyways.. enough of that. My mother has pretty much told him that she is taking this mare until her weight is under contol. She's in one of my stalls currently. My mom wants to know what kind of feed she needs. She can't share my feed as my feed is high protein and fat for my hard keeper TB. What would this new mare need to eat to help her lose weight. Were already cutting her hay down to what a 1000 lb horse should be eating. She cannot be ridden to get in shape as she hurt her leg as a yearling and has the ligaments (i believe. The farrier told me this all but I don't remember if it was ligaments or tendons) stretched to where she walks on the edges of her feet.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-25-2012, 06:25 PM
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Being very limited on exercise I wouldn't feed her anything more than a vit/min supplement and maybe mix it in with some timothy pellets so she thinks she's eating.

I think even a ration balancer would be too much because it takes 1 - 2 pounds daily to meet the vit/min requirement.

With nothing but a vit/min supplement, it could be done in terms of ounces per day.

EquiPride takes ten ounces daily.

Tuttles Liquid 747 takes one ounce daily. I have my 25 yr old with EMS and hind gut ulcers on this. He is doing far better than I expected.

Or you could Google "equine vitamin mineral supplements" and you'll get a bunch of hits.

Less is more in her case.

Good luck to you and your mom and Kudos to your mom for trumping your brother Sometimes moms have to step in, where it might be murky water and trouble if the sister tried
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-25-2012, 08:39 PM
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The system won't let me edit my previous post:

There's a couple of us on my local forum, dealing with metabolic horses.

The forum owner just posted this and said she has switched all her horses over to this and is happy with it.

Equine Nutrition: Triple Crown Equine Nutrition For Low Carbohydrate Horse Diets

She has three TWH's and a Paso Fino - all of whom are on the predisposed list for metabolic issues.

She said Dr. Eleanor Kellon was very involved in the development of this hay cube.

Might be something for your consideration, plus it's cheap by today's standards. $17+ per bag.

I am going to look into for three of my horses.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-25-2012, 09:54 PM
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She should be in a stable on a deep cushioning shavings bed with only a small amount of soaked hay to nibble on (in a tiny holed haynet!). No extra feed needed. If she's got laminitis NOW then the only urgent thing is to get the sugar down, and start getting the weight off.

Only when she's sound in foot and out of the stable moving fine should you be thinking about a feed. If You were in the UK I'd recommend Spillers Happy Hoof. I'm sure that if you look it up you'll find a local similar feed.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-25-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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I've been considering telling her not to put her on any feed. I just worry about her not getting the vitamins and minerals she needs.
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If you are concerned about her getting enough vitamins and minerals then you can always give her a supplement with some soaked timothy or bermuda blend pellets (stick with a powdered supplement, and don't feed more than a scoop of pellets).
Keep her main diet bermuda or some other low sugar, low starch hay.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-26-2012, 08:40 AM
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I suggested EquiPride, Tuttles Liquid 747 and McCauley's M-10 because they are not feeds.

The first two are vit/min supplements and McCauley's is a ration balancer with no grain or soy
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-26-2012, 09:59 AM
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So Equipride can replace a ration balancer, even? (Granted if your horse will eat it, right?)

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So Equipride can replace a ration balancer, even? (Granted if your horse will eat it, right?)
Yes, IF your horse will eat it. None of mine would touch it, and they're all chow hounds.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-26-2012, 10:07 AM
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Yes, IF your horse will eat it. None of mine would touch it, and they're all chow hounds.
Good to know. Brandon is usually a vacuum cleaner, but maybe I can find a sample before I buy it.

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