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    04-15-2009, 12:38 PM
feeding and bowel questions

I was given a rescue horse that is about 18yr.old palomino gelding and about 100 lbs. Under weight. I am feeding him 1 and a half scoops of 12% grain made by Nutrena (cant think of name rite now) PLUS 2 and a half pds. Of amplify weight gain, the problem is his bowel is a little soft but it has grain in it, not a lot maybe one cup.I was told to give him 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt for the soft bowels. Any suggestions about the grain in his bowels?
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    04-15-2009, 01:40 PM
Corn and oats in his manure? Means the body did not digest before passing. That is why we feed pellets. Breaks down and the horse gets the benefit of the feed.
    04-16-2009, 09:36 AM
Remove the grains from his diet, go with a forage based feed... the amplify should not be fed at more then 2lbs PER DAY
He should also have free choice hay IOW if there isn't alittle hay left he needs MORE HAY
    04-16-2009, 11:21 AM
I am giving the amplify as the directions say start with 2 lbs. And increase by .5lb every 2 days for up to 60 days or up to weight.I guess I need to put him on pellet food.he gets hay 24/7.
    04-16-2009, 11:39 AM
Don't just look at teh form of the feed but the ingredients...

You want actual products listed... oats, alfalfa meal, beet pulp

If you can get Triple Crown feeds look at thier compelte feed or senior both are low sugars and starches and good nutrition to boot

OH if you can get Seminole look at thier equalizer and add in beet pulp and the rice bran...
    04-16-2009, 11:53 AM
Beet pulp just makes them go to the bathroom, I don't think I need that .
    04-16-2009, 11:56 AM
Beet pulp is fiber ...which will help firm his stools up :)

If he is poor you don't want a bunch of rich feeds going into him

Honestly the best thing for him is hay and beet pulp

I fear the problem is all the bran and grains you are giving him now
    04-16-2009, 12:29 PM
I wil try the beet pulp, I was told the opposite.I am not giving him Bran. Just grain that he was on when he was given to me and amplify to help gain weight, 24 / 7 hay
    04-16-2009, 02:28 PM
Ampilfy is rice bran and flax seed both which can act as laxative if added too quickly.....

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