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post #11 of 22 Old 03-30-2013, 02:48 PM
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Purina Enrich 32 for a grass hay diet, Enrich 12 for alfalfa diet. Nutrena Empower Balance, Triple Crown 30%.
I'm sure others will come up with more
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post #12 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 04:19 AM
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This is the site I've always liked best for horse feed info. It explains ration balancers really well I think.

Hope it helps.
Specific Ration Balancer Products
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post #13 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 10:01 AM
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I have found that feeding Senior helps a hot horse. I worked for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and they fed Senior to the ones that got too hot on other feeds. It keeps weight on, its easy to digest, and does not make them hot.
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post #14 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 11:50 AM
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I have found that feeding Senior helps a hot horse. I worked for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and they fed Senior to the ones that got too hot on other feeds. It keeps weight on, its easy to digest, and does not make them hot.

Wow- I've found the total opposite to be true!
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 02:41 PM
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Wow- I've found the total opposite to be true!
I guess it depends on what brand senior.
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 08:02 PM
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Yeah, 'feeding senior' is like saying 'feeding concentrate' - there are many different types, many of which are grain & molasses rich for eg. But OP's horse sounds like an 'easy keeper' who doesn't need extra calories, so it's not really relevant anyway.
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post #17 of 22 Old 03-31-2013, 09:12 PM
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Here is my suggestion...

Kalm Ultra® Horse Feed | Tribute Equine Nutrition

This is what I feed my gelding. He isn't a HARD keeper, but it's tricky to keep weight on him. Plus, he has always been a little hot (anxious and distracted), but ever since I switched him to Kalm Ultra, he has really come around. It has a bunch of beneficial ingredients that help with his digestion and overall health, it's low sugar, low starch, and it has a higher fat content. It's pretty much exactly what he needs. He looks good, his hooves and coat are in fantastic shape, and he is always pretty mellow and level headed. He loves the flavor, too. He eats every bite.

I know everyone has their own opinions on all the different types of feed out there, and that is totally fine! Not all horses are alike and they can't all eat the same thing. I have done a ton of research on the ingredients in his feed and I feel totally confident in it. Just thought I'd toss it out there as an option to consider!
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post #18 of 22 Old 04-01-2013, 12:57 AM
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I feed an oatless grain to my horse, As he's a thoroughbred and he can lose weight pretty fast.
I find that extruded barley works wonders too!
Maybe try adding some epson salts to his feed, to help with magnesium levels, that'll hopefully help him become less anxious!

I have a very hot horse, who loses a lot of weight through winter, so it was difficult finding the right feed! But I'm really happy with my barley, and chaff.

Some possible things to add to his feed which I find helps with condition are,
Sunflower seeds, really good for fattie oils, and Oil! (I feed canola oil :) )

Hope it all works out for you :)
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post #19 of 22 Old 04-23-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Just thought I'd let you know what I ended up doing!

I cut his amount of oats in half since he is now at a healthy weight and is starting to get a belly. He now is on half a scoop of oats morning and evening with unlimited hay.

Its amazing the difference it has had on his attitude/mood in general...3 weeks ago I couldn't get him to stand still in the cross ties, lunge quietly, let me lay across the saddle, or put weight in the stirrup ect because of his anxiety and high strung attitude, and now he is great with all above PLUS he is letting me ride him. We had our 6th ride tonight and he is doing wonderful...he is so calm and relaxed and isn't anxious at all. We even rode alone in the arena tonight with no other horses which is amazing for him...

He is doing great on this diet but I'm debating whether or not to switch him onto Horseman's Edge. Should I just leave him on this diet since he is doing great on it? Or should I switch him to a rotation balancer for the extra nutrients?
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post #20 of 22 Old 04-23-2013, 09:38 PM
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Drop the oats all together. If I remember clearly, you are in the same general area as me so you should be able to get Triple Crown 30%. It comes in 50lb bags and he should get 1lb a day. So it would last 50 days.

It's basically a multi-vitamin for grass/pasture kept horses.

I use it for my young easy keeper.

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