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post #21 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 02:40 PM
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BOSS gives you the fun of having sunflower plants growing in weird places too.
Yep. If I could only get them to poop where I want, I could have a lovely border of sunflowers down the driveway. But nooooo! They want to poop randomly, all over.
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Speedy if you'd just strategically place your trailer along the border of your driveway (different place each time) I'm sure they'll manage to poop where you want them too. At least mine always poop right before getting in or after getting out...

Of course, that's a lot of work too. Sorry the heat is frying my brain
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MN, mine only poop once they're actually in the trailer.

Never mind that I've JUST cleaned it, and it's usually that liquidy green poo they reserve for when they're going somewhere.
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post #24 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 10:13 PM
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Robin, nice to see another Northern MN member! Hoary Alyssum.... get some goats. Its not toxic to goats and mine chow it down. I keep goats, sheep, horses, llamas and cows all together in the pastures and they all eat different things- the goats go insane over the alyssum.

If you don't want goats, mow the stuff before it flowers. If it flowers, it drops like 15 quadrillion seeds and you'll never get it gone.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #25 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 10:31 PM
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Give him two 1 oz. Scoops once a week.

My Arabs get one 1 oz. Scoop per week, and my TB gets two 1 oz. Scoops per week.

I use the sugar free orange flavor. The horses, especially Casper, seem to like it. Casper likes anything orange flavored.

I usually dissolve it in water and pour it over their feed, but some folks just pour it over dry.

Sand Clear and Metamucil both have psyllium, which is the ingredient used to prevent sand colic.

If you look on the premade electrolyte containers, the active ingredients are iodized sodium (salt) and bicarbonate (baking soda). Making my own is much cheaper.
2 ounces a week, got it. =D

Do you just buy yours at the grocery store? I've never seen it in anything but the capsules, I didn't know you could just buy it in the powder form.

Now if only the had it in banana flavored. Gracie's the picky one and she goes nuts over bananas. =P

What are the benefits of BOSS? Is it just to make a shiny coat? Or is it a weight gain thing too?

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I feed my show rabbits BOSS. It is full of Vitamin E. Makes their coats glossy and thick, and improves conception.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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Do you just buy yours at the grocery store? I've never seen it in anything but the capsules, I didn't know you could just buy it in the powder form.
You can buy it at grocery stores, drug stores, even Wally World.

I've never seen the capsules; didn't know they made 'em. In any case, I'd go with the powder because that way you can measure it yourself.

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What are the benefits of BOSS? Is it just to make a shiny coat? Or is it a weight gain thing too?
BOSS can be used for weight gain, but you'd have to use more than a cup a day. I'd rather use beet pulp for weight gain, because it gives more bang for your buck.

I've found that a healthy horse has a shiny coat whether or not you feed it BOSS or oil.
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This is a great resource.

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I would encourage you to sign up for the monthly newsletter too.
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You can buy it at grocery stores, drug stores, even Wally World.

I've never seen the capsules; didn't know they made 'em. In any case, I'd go with the powder because that way you can measure it yourself.



BOSS can be used for weight gain, but you'd have to use more than a cup a day. I'd rather use beet pulp for weight gain, because it gives more bang for your buck.

I've found that a healthy horse has a shiny coat whether or not you feed it BOSS or oil.
Thank you. =] My horses are healthy, but the corn oil does make for that extra shine that's just lovely. I'd rather feed sunflower seeds then corn oil though. Just for the coat, they don't need to gain any more weight, lol.

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Robin, nice to see another Northern MN member! Hoary Alyssum.... get some goats. Its not toxic to goats and mine chow it down. I keep goats, sheep, horses, llamas and cows all together in the pastures and they all eat different things- the goats go insane over the alyssum.

If you don't want goats, mow the stuff before it flowers. If it flowers, it drops like 15 quadrillion seeds and you'll never get it gone.
Hi! Goats, huh? Interesting thought....i guess I wouldn't mind throwing a goat in with the girls (horses) I wonder how they would feel about that...? we have been trying to mow the stuff before it flowers, after we rotate the horses off that section all that is left is the hoary alyssum so we cut it all down right away and that does seem to help a bit. Thanks for the advice!
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