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post #11 of 15 Old 03-09-2009, 12:37 AM
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Good luck and I agree with what everyone else said. A calming supplement will help a horse relax, but not necessarily reduce studly behavior. Was he gelded late and could there be any hormonal/medical reasons for this? Also stress can cause this as I know a horse that is boarded here and before when he was at a friend's barn turned out with mares, he would mount them all the time, but he wasn't in as much work and didn't get to see his owner as much. Now he's here, still turned out with mares, and doesn't mount them b/c he has a few gelding playmates that he runs around and plays with - all without being studly - and he's in more work (though not always). In his case the biggest change was finding him playmates to get his extra energy out with and the studly behavior disappeared w/no other changes really - and he's a 21 year old Morgan!

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post #12 of 15 Old 03-09-2009, 11:02 AM
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He's on 10% sweet feed and orchard/alfalfa cubes. He gets turned out overnight, lunged every day, and ridden about twice a week.

He's basically fighting with geldings, herding mares, and mounting my mare.
I would nix the sweet feed then, and replace some of the cube with bermuda hay. That should give him less excess energy.

I would replace the sweet feed with a ration balancer (Peggy can help you there), or a vitamin supplement mixed with some beet pulp or just a little plain whole oats.

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If the cubes are 50% Alfalfa and you don't replace some of them with bermuda, then you'll need a supplement for horses getting mostly Alfalfa.
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Give the new diet 30-day to kick in before deciding on anything else. If he's still acting hormonal, then I'd try a calming supplement, added to the no-grain/feed diet.
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I would nix the sweet feed then, and replace some of the cube with bermuda hay. That should give him less excess energy.

I would replace the sweet feed with a ration balancer (Peggy can help you there), or a vitamin supplement mixed with some beet pulp or just a little plain whole oats.

Supplements for horses getting mostly grass hay (less than 5-8 lbs of Alfalfa a day).
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If the cubes are 50% Alfalfa and you don't replace some of them with bermuda, then you'll need a supplement for horses getting mostly Alfalfa.
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Mega-Mag? From SmartPak Equine
SmartVite Maintenance Alfalfa from SmartPak Equine
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Give the new diet 30-day to kick in before deciding on anything else. If he's still acting hormonal, then I'd try a calming supplement, added to the no-grain/feed diet.



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Before any feed changes or adding a supplement, was he correctly gelded?
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Before any feed changes or adding a supplement, was he correctly gelded?





I'm not sure... I wanted to get him tested, but the surgery for cryptorchids (if he is one) is expensive.
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