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post #11 of 23 Old 01-14-2009, 09:12 PM
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It could be any number of things from a thyroid dysfunction to a pituitary issue to too much work and not enough calories and fat intake.

In the short term you want high fat feeds such as rice bran (beet pulp is more a filler with less nutritional value). Check the content in the feed for % of fat - higher is better, especially in winter. You should also note that the nutritional needs of a growing 2yr old and a mature 15yr old are totally different and they should absolutely be on different feeds. A younger horse needs more fat and protien with less fiber (they will get sufficient fiber from forage) while an older horse will need less protein and more fat and fiber since as horses age their bodies can have a harder time processing roughage.

Your best bet is to talk to a vet at least initially to rule out any glandular/endocrine dysfunction and from there an equine nutritionist that can help with a diet suitable for the amount of hours you are riding and age of your horse (and help with the proper diet for your growing youngster as well).

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post #12 of 23 Old 01-14-2009, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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A talk with the vet, I can do, but as far as getting him out, I don't have the money. I also don't have the money to put my horses on two completel \y seperate feeds just yet, as I mentioned before. I have looked and asked, and I was told the the prime time 10 feed I'm feeding is ok for now. I know that they need different thigs, but considering one is getting ridden and one isn't getting ridden very often, it was agreed that that was the best bet.
I will eventually get them on different feeds once I can afford it.

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Perhaps your horse does not like drinking out of a pond? We had a large pond in our pasture, but our horses refused to drink from it. Does she have access to a mineral or salt lick? If you do think that she is dehydrated then that may be something to consider.
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She's got access to a mineral lick. I make sure there's always at least two salt licks in the pasture. My uncle buys a regular one for the cows and I buy a mineral lick for the horses. I do need to check on the mineral lick we've got currently, it may be getting very small, now... I just may have to buy another one in the next few weeks.

She's been drinking out of a pond for roughly 6 years now, more actually, considering her old owners kept her in a pasture with a pond. She loves splashing in it and I take her swimming in it all the time, everytime we stop at ponds when we ride, she drinks or splashes in it.

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Unfortunately it seems like you're unable to do most of the suggestions people are offering which will make it hard.

A 15 year old mare with weight issues needs a feed with a fat content above 10% imo. A colt needs higher protein around 12 percent or so. If you need to feed them the same, opt for a higher fat and protein content for the BOTH of them.

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Unfortunately it seems like you're unable to do most of the suggestions people are offering which will make it hard.

A 15 year old mare with weight issues needs a feed with a fat content above 10% imo. A colt needs higher protein around 12 percent or so. If you need to feed them the same, opt for a higher fat and protein content for the BOTH of them.
I know... I'm going to be applying for a job here in the next few days, so I'm hoping that I can save the money up and get right on some things.

I do look for feed that will benefit both of them... but I'm limited in which feed I'm looking at. I'm going to the feed store tomorrow, so i'll definitely ask and look around for something that they can both benefit from.

I'm actualy looknig for a new type of feed now... It appears that my best bet would be FRM's Endurance Gold feed, it's 10% fat and 10% protein... it's the closest I can come up with, and I know for a fact that the store I go to uses it and it's less than 20 dollars a bag, so that's ok... Would that be an ok feed to use until I can afford two seperate feeds for my two horses...?

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The lowest that I would ever even consider feeding to my horses is a 12%. I understand that money is limited here, but I'm sure you can find a feed that is a 12% that should work just fine. Also, what does the quality of hay look like, and how much of it are you feeding? I would also seriously consider having her teeth floated again, she may not be showing signs of it, but aging horses need it done more often than others. Just some ideas for you to consider. Good luck to you.
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Flint River Mills Equi JEwl Rice Bran and the Sho Bloom and get rid of the other stuff :)

Beet Pulp is listed on this page so I am sure you can get it as well...
http://www.frmfeeds.com/80712/6696.html


In the winter I add warm water to ALL feedstuff regardless of the texture of it ..

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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The lowest that I would ever even consider feeding to my horses is a 12%. I understand that money is limited here, but I'm sure you can find a feed that is a 12% that should work just fine. Also, what does the quality of hay look like, and how much of it are you feeding? I would also seriously consider having her teeth floated again, she may not be showing signs of it, but aging horses need it done more often than others. Just some ideas for you to consider. Good luck to you.
Thanks. I will look for something 12 percent then. I'm going to the feed store either later today or tomorrow, so I'll look then.

I will also try and get the money to get her teeth floated early this year.

Thanks again for all yalls help.

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teh % of protein doesn't matter as much as the quality and the amount fed!!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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