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post #11 of 47 Old 08-09-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ha the bf tells me I don't cook enough so if I started cooking for the horse instead of him bahahaha that would not go over well. But really I don't have that much time anyway. I leave for work at 6am get home at 4 get to the barn by 430 and home by 8 and I start school in 2 weeks, online only so far but still time consuming.

I will definately look at different feeds and compare prices with %s. She only gets a handful of sweetfeed in her night feeding to cover up all the extra supplements in there. That Red cell stinks. I don't have a tractor supply close, I will be using my local feed store since they carry so much more than fleet farm. Prices may be a bit higher but I'd rather give my money to a family owned store than a chain.

I'm thinking I will be picking up some rice bran to start next week. She has cleaned me out of money since she has to get shiny new shoes tomorrow for the first time in her life.
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post #12 of 47 Old 08-09-2012, 05:26 PM
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My bunch flat refuse to eat alfalfa cubes, but they will chow down on alfalfa pellets - and they don't have to be soaked.

I second the Nutrena Life Design Prime. It's expensive to buy, but not to use, because you don't have to use nearly as much.

We had our skinny bunch (long story) on Nutrena Life Design Compete to help them gain weight. Once they were at a decent weight (didn't take them long) we switched them to the Prime.

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I'm quite pleased with the prime and it goes for 14$ at the moment at my tractor supply (sorry). I'd rather support the family owned business too, but there is none here.
I used to be a cook for my animals, hubby just had to live with it
Im feeding for convenience right now, because I can *ggg* used to have 14 horses, now only 2. But not to worry, I'm already looking into raw ingredients for the winter
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post #14 of 47 Old 08-09-2012, 08:28 PM
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feeding horse v husband

Isn't one of the marriage vows
Thou shalt not expect thy horseloving wife to create proper meals - other than when she dost feel like it????!!!!!!!
Should be anyway
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Isn't one of the marriage vows
Thou shalt not expect thy horseloving wife to create proper meals - other than when she dost feel like it????!!!!!!!
Should be anyway
I'd say "create meals"....
Mine learned that the critters eat first, no matter what....and "don't touch these carrots/apples, they're for the horses"......"no, the corn oil is not for us, it's for the horses"......need I say more?

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Haha yeap it's a rare day I actually cook. And I have carrots in the fridge for Lizzy. But I may be going with to the feed mill this weekend to see about buying straight from the mill for much cheaper.
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My bunch flat refuse to eat alfalfa cubes, but they will chow down on alfalfa pellets - and they don't have to be soaked.

I second the Nutrena Life Design Prime. It's expensive to buy, but not to use, because you don't have to use nearly as much.

We had our skinny bunch (long story) on Nutrena Life Design Compete to help them gain weight. Once they were at a decent weight (didn't take them long) we switched them to the Prime.
I don't think my feed store has pellets just cubes. I wish I could stall her a few hours so I could give alfalfa hay. What's different about the prime then safe choice?
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If you go to Nutrena Horse Feed & Animal Feeds you can compare the two.
Acceptance of the life design is better I noticed. And I'm thorougly thrilled if what it did to my mare in such a short time and with so little. If you PM me your email I'll send you before and after pics
but I'll check the feed really quick. Brb...
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Well, the safe choice has higher protein and fat content than the prime. Life design senior is the same as safe choice. All I can say is the life design works better, why, don't know. But somewhere else on this forum people all agree that the senior is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to feeding up a skinny horse. And I have proof of that
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Until someone can explain exactly why it works better with a lower fat and protein content, I am not sure I want to switch. It just doesn't make sense to me. My vet told me that for the quantities I'm feeding it doesn't matter what brand I feed it just needs to be a minimum of 14% protein and 6% fat. I get the blood results today so I'm hoping it's all going in the right direction. He was happy with her weight gain and condition and said she looked like a different horse. Her gums wern't bright pink though so he is concerned about that since she has been on Red cell since June 15.

Oh and you can't post pictures from a mobile phone :( that's why I can only post pictures when I'm at work. You have to upload from a computer or something online, one of those picture sharing website thingys.
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