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    01-27-2013, 09:58 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Before I got my hypp nh horse I researched absolutely everything I could find on it. If you wish to feed more than hay (timothy grass hay is excellent) you can safely feed Senior Feed. Oats are another safe feed. What you are looking for is very low potassium and these are down in the 1%. He is better with turnout and movement. For salt I use mainly pickling salt and about 1/3 household salt. They do need the bit of iodine in the household salt. A lick does not provide any horse with enough salt because licking salt results in a sore tongue. You want to keep these horses drinking lots and peeing lots. If you have to trailer of 4 hours or more, talk to your vet about administering a diuretic to encourage him to pee. If you go to a show take a baggie full of salt, even mix several tbsp in his feed to encourage him to drink. Do not put him on a multi vitamin mineral supplement as it is high in potassium. So are carrots. Half a small carrot is ok. If you wish to learn about which "treat" foods are safe google hyperkalemia. The site applies to people but the list is helpful in identifying amount of potassium. Small piece of apple only. For treats I buy a 50lb bag of alfalfa cubes and break them in to wafers. Other than that it's timothy hay, oats, and senior's. Presently he is getting less than a pound twice daily, mainly so I can easily check them over. If you have other questions pm me and I'll answer them the best I can.
I believe alfalfa contains a very high percentage of potassium. If I were you, I'd drop that and just use carrots instead. Unfortunately I used to feed an older horse the exact same diet, with alfalfa, and he seized up and had to be PTS.
     
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    01-27-2013, 11:24 PM
  #12
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Alfalfa is not a complete no-no. An Alfalfa mixed hay is an acceptable for Hypp horses.It is important to maintain a total dietary potassium below 1%. Since the forage/hay is the largest source of potassium in the diet, knowing
The potassium content of the hay is highly recommended! Grass hays tend to have lower potassium levels than alfalfa, but they are still not always below 1% & in some cases be similar or higher K+ level than alfalfa.Growing conditions play part in potassium levels,soil conditions,moisture,fertilizers etc.
Having adequate level of grain or carbohydrates in the diet helps stimulate the regulation of proper levels of potassium in the blood.Oats is a good grain for HYPP horses.Be careful of Soybean & molasses{high potassium} which are common ingredients used in many commercial feeds. Read your feed lables
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    01-27-2013, 11:30 PM
  #13
Yearling
I owned an hypp n/h horse for three years, showed and won quite a bit with him in pleasure and halter - he was a cool, calm, beautiful gelding. I sold him to finance my move from California to Colorado, but still miss riding him - his jog was perfect. The only time his status was a problem was when I sold him -he sold for several thousand less than what he would have otherwise... and this was about 15 years ago...
     
    01-27-2013, 11:45 PM
  #14
Banned
Gotta love irresponsible, greedy breeders. /
     
    01-28-2013, 05:59 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Before I got my hypp nh horse I researched absolutely everything I could find on it. If you wish to feed more than hay (timothy grass hay is excellent) you can safely feed Senior Feed.
I would advise against most senior feeds. Many of them contain lots of molasses which is loaded with potassium. Not saying all are bad, but make sure you go over the ingredients and guaranteed analysis with a fine tooth comb. If the feed smells nice and sweet (like Purina Equine Senior- loaded with the stuff), it probably has a lot of molasses in it.
     
    01-28-2013, 06:01 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Kilokitty    
I believe alfalfa contains a very high percentage of potassium. If I were you, I'd drop that and just use carrots instead. Unfortunately I used to feed an older horse the exact same diet, with alfalfa, and he seized up and had to be PTS.
Carrots are also an excellent source of potassium
     
    01-28-2013, 06:05 PM
  #17
Yearling
http://www.ker.com/library/equinews/v9n1/v9n106.pdf

Agreed that it would be best to consult and work closely with your veterinarian, but here is a quick reference link on feeds by potassium content
     
    01-28-2013, 10:44 PM
  #18
Banned
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Originally Posted by gogaited    
Gotta love irresponsible, greedy breeders. /
I agree completely, although I love my hypp horse, Pension, unconditionally there's a part of me that wishes he never existed for his sake. Although we have yet to experience an attack its always a lingering thought everytime I handle or ride him..breeders need to stop breeding hypp horses period. I'm not sure what the breeders were thinking while breeding him anyways, he was breed to be a halter horse but definitely doesn't have awesome conformation and honestly what some people would consider an ugly/unrefined head with his big ol' roman nose :) I can't imagine that his parents were breeding quality... luckily for him, I think he's pretty darn cute lol
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    01-29-2013, 12:10 PM
  #19
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I was looking at a mare that was immpressive bred and even though the lady said she was negitive I didn't take the chance of buying her. It is just one more worry I can do without
     
    01-29-2013, 12:13 PM
  #20
Green Broke
HYPP is the result of "Impressive" inbreeding, that is, "Impressive" blood on both sides. I'd keep the horse, but don't knowingly buy another one.
     

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