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    11-26-2008, 12:02 AM
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Horse feeding.... starved horse month later...

Hi everyone,

He is eating all the horse ration I give him as well as alfalfa cubes and 1 - 2 bales of hay per day. I had some questions.

He is starting to get pushy on the ration he is on now. It is a sweet feed ration. He has gained some weight, I can see it on his sides and his belly... but I thought it would take more time to get rid of the ribbyness and it would go to his hips and spine first. But I guess it isn't his case.

I wanted to offer beet pulp AND rice bran if I could find it... I wondered if that was a good idea? I was still going to offer the ration but in a smaller amount mixed with these other two. I'm pretty certain that if I make the beet pulp soak it and then offer it he won't eat it. He is VERY picky about eating things. I am still going to mix in the alfalfa cubes as well. It is getting colder here... and that's not helping in the gaining of the weight. Right now it is -1C (I'm in Canada) and we have snow fluries every day. He is spending a lot of time inside but he really doesn't care to be indoors. I think I may go buy a medium weight horse blanket for him to help keep him warm, they are on sale right now for 60$ regular 120$ so I figured that was a good deal. I was thinking of one anyway.

SO could you get back to me with measurements in terms of CUPS on what to start him out on... then what to increase and in how many weeks... PLEASE I don't want to screw him up even more by making him colic or something. Was also wondering about adding some vegetable oil? Hope to hear back! Its funny now though, he goes crazy when I go to the barn where he is. Makes all kinds of noise. I think he is happy to see me. So that is a plus as well!
     
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    11-26-2008, 12:16 AM
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I have a few questions so I can try to help you better. First of all, how much does he currently weigh? I know you said he's on sweet feed, but what percent is the protein? How much of that is he currently getting?
     
    11-26-2008, 12:43 AM
  #3
Foal
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This is the company that makes the feed he is getting. On the bag it does not say anything. I was told by my feed company that it has beet pulp in it but it is a sweet feed. And I want to get away from it. The one he is on is TRAIL MIX and he probably gets 2lbs a day. I want to take it slow because I'm scared to death of him going to colic. Not like his owner would notice in a million years. So I have to help as much as I can NOT to make him do that. As far to my knowledge he has never colic'd. As for his weight, I don't think he has been weighed. Nor do I know how to weigh a horse. IS there some type of measurements I could take to get an idea?

I will email that company to see if they can tell me the perticulars on that feed. Hope to get back with that soon...
     
    11-26-2008, 02:53 AM
  #4
Foal
Most tack and feed stores sell weight tape - it's a measuring tape that you can put aound the abdomen which will tell you how much a horse should approximately weigh. It's a good way to estimate the horse's weight, and keep track of weight gain/loss. After you get an overall idea of how much he weighs, he should be fed 2% of his body weight in grain.
     
    11-26-2008, 08:10 AM
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You can soak the beet pulp and alfalfa cubes together ... that will encourage him to eat it

Any type of sweet feed is not honestly SAFE to give a starved horse....

HGXHGXL/330 = approximate weight

Let me look at what Shurgrain is offering and see what might be better

The Canada companies are tough because they don't offer thier ingredient list which makes it hard to decide
     

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