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        11-11-2012, 01:43 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Thought Strategy was not a grain but a full feed and if so it would not hurt him like a grain, right???
         
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        11-11-2012, 02:04 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by nvr2many    
    Thought Strategy was not a grain but a full feed and if so it would not hurt him like a grain, right???
    The reason we feed Strategy was because it works very well with all three of my horses who are all at very different stages in life. Cody is 28, Skye is 13, and Ember is not quite 2. All three horses at different stages with different work loads and health. Strategy keeps all three of them right where they need to be. I had also heard/maybe read somewhere that it was "safer" then other feeds but I havent really done anything to confirm that I suppose.

    Anyway....at Codys age, I'm going to freak out no matter what he gets into that he shouldnt. He's our resident, bad tempered but loveable old man and I want him to be around for years to come :)
         
        11-11-2012, 02:06 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Oh I think too much of anything is not good!!! Just wondering if the Strategy is less to worry about than getting into full grain. How is he doing??? Any signs of tummy ache???
         
        11-11-2012, 02:24 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by nvr2many    
    Oh I think too much of anything is not good!!! Just wondering if the Strategy is less to worry about than getting into full grain. How is he doing??? Any signs of tummy ache???

    He's doing fine so far. He hasnt shown any signs of hurting or being uncomfortable in any way. My husband went out to the pasture to try and catch him earlier and Cody didnt have any problems evading him either lol.
         
        11-11-2012, 03:03 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Wow.. Can eating a bit too much grain once really cause founder that fast? It's one time, in one day. I was under the impression it was only really if they had a consistently bad diet. If so, horses are much more fragile than I thought!

    Glad your horse is looking good still in any case! He probably thought it was the greatest thing ever.
         
        11-11-2012, 03:22 PM
      #16
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    Wow.. Can eating a bit too much grain once really cause founder that fast? It's one time, in one day. I was under the impression it was only really if they had a consistently bad diet. If so, horses are much more fragile than I thought!

    Glad your horse is looking good still in any case! He probably thought it was the greatest thing ever.


    Ya...one time can do it! I love my horses to death but they really are fragile, high maintenance animals lol. I just went out to check on him again and found not just Cody, but Skye and Ember loose in the barn with him this time. He broke the ties on the back barn door to push it open and come in....and now he is teaching the other two the bad habit. UHG!
    They didnt get to the grain but did pull down a few hay bales. Had to do some rigging on the barn door to keep it tied, wired, ratcheted down. Hopefully in a few days he will forget that he once managed to get in that way.

    I'm thinking he is feeling just fine lol
         
        11-11-2012, 03:34 PM
      #17
    Trained
    He sure is feeling his oats...uhh....Strategy
    It used to be very dangerous when a horse got in the feedroom....at the times straight grains were fed. Oats, for example has 44% sugars, corn close to 70%, the Strategy has 23% or so. So you can imagine that a thief did get a bad case of laminitis after chowing down on grain all night.
    It is still a risk, if you have an overweight horse fed a high sugar diet.

    Still, keep watching, just to be on the safe side.
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        11-11-2012, 04:20 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    Wow.. Can eating a bit too much grain once really cause founder that fast? It's one time, in one day.
    Yes it can and often does.
         
        11-11-2012, 05:55 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I am glad your horse is still doing good. The same thing happened to me this summer my 25 yr old got into the feed room and when I found him he could not walk. We got a vet right away but the lamintis had already turned the bone to far and I lost him.This was very hard thing to go through he had been mine since he was 3 yr old
         
        11-11-2012, 06:23 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tlvmiller    
    I am glad your horse is still doing good. The same thing happened to me this summer my 25 yr old got into the feed room and when I found him he could not walk. We got a vet right away but the lamintis had already turned the bone to far and I lost him.This was very hard thing to go through he had been mine since he was 3 yr old
    I am so sorry for you loss. Its hard to lose one of our fur babies! This past spring we lost my TB gelding to EPM. I still cry about him.

    So far Cody is doing just fine. He is having no problems what so ever. Still being mister grump I don't think I can handle losing another one of them this year...or even the dreaded vet bill. Uhg.
         

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