Originally Posted by barnprincess
This strains off my other thred a while ago about some one telling me to use the triple crown complete on top of the 30% supplement. You guys told me no and I've read your not supposed to. She just gets beet pulp with it. Now that question lead me to ask how come you can't ? Im curious what would happen lets say I fed her normal amount of 30% and added 3 qts a day to it ? Not saying im doing that. Im asking why you can't and what the reactions would be. If any one knows. I just figured it was an overload of vitamins and minerals b/c the 30% is pretty strong. So any one know? Thanks
You can overload on vit/minerals if you mix a 30% supplemental feed with a "complete" feed. Your horse just shouldn't need it! If your horse needs more weight/calories, then I would suggest adding some alfalfa pellets to her ration, or increasing the amount or quality of the hay she's getting.
TC's 30% supplement is a great "feed" that provides all of the vit/min and amino acids that your horse needs. The majority of the "calories" in your horse's diet should come from hay or pasture grazing. If your horse cannot consume enough hay to meet those needs, then supplementing with alfalfa pellets is a great option. Beet pulp is fine, but it doesn't have much quality protein or other nutrients. Alfalfa pellets have better quality proteins and some nutrition. Just one 3qt scoop a day provides quite a lot of extra calories and digestible energy (a 3qt scoop holds about 3 lbs of most alfalfa pellets).
If your horse is in heavy training 5-6 days a week (riding 2+ hours a day), then adding a starch like plain oats is good. However, if your horse is in moderate training or light work, I would not recommend using a starchy grain product as it can negatively impact her metabolism. I only like to feed horses "starchy" feeds if they are doing enough work to USE all of the starch/sugar in their diet after they eat it (and I will only feed it in the AM, before their work, and only on work days).