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    08-02-2008, 04:18 AM
Moving to a new place qnd need adive on the feed?

OK, so I bought my horse at the place he is boarded at now. He is a 16 yr old thoroughbred gelding with quite the sway back. He is a pasture horse( all day and night) and he has unlimited grass hay with some alfalpha along with grass in the pasture. In the morning he is feed Progressive ( a brand up here in the north, MN) for his top line 4 scoops. I am a Hunter Jumper just starting off and work him 3-4 days a week(due to gas prices) I am moving him closer to me but every stable I go to seems to feed such different things, ex.
Corn grain, sweet feed, Purina feed. I would like help on what you think he really needs and just not what the barns think they should get. He has been on this feed for a long time and now that he is getting ridden regullary his sway back is getting better, but he is my baby and I am afraid if he switches to something extreme he may colic? Any help is thanked in advanced!

P.s. I live in a cold state in the winter and he stays outside, so I don't want him to thin because of that.
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    08-02-2008, 04:46 AM
Green Broke
Did you get a vet check and get some insight on the sway back issue and riding?

Your best bet is to contact your local vet and work with him directly on the feed program. Your vet will know if your local area has issues with things like selenium deficiency, what your horse needs for his breed, for the climate, for the level of work that you do.

It'd be easy to share advice on the forum, but the vet is going to know best for your horse, the health he is in right now and the area.

Good luck!
    08-02-2008, 06:22 PM
I agree with solon.
We don't know much about you horse.
Best leave this one to the pros.
    08-08-2008, 07:00 PM
I also agree with solon. I had a tb with a sway back. I fed her Cool Calorries 100. Its over 99% cude fat without the bulk. Its a supplement that is added to your hotses grain. It worked great on my 23 yr old gelding and that tb. It doesnt seem to make them hot and it wont cause a fat hay belly. I use Country Acres Sweet Feed. Its made by Purina. I would sk your vet about the Cool Calories 100 and see what he/she says.
    08-08-2008, 07:24 PM
Which progressive feed is he on now?? Progressive is a GOOD company if that helps any

I would try to find a low NSC feed that is forage based high nutrition and low grain or no corn formula
    08-08-2008, 07:58 PM
I switched my horse from Natural Horseman Mix brand Un-Common feed. To purina pellet feed and he didn't colic. I would ask your vet to make sure whatever you switch to isnt too drastic.
    08-10-2008, 12:41 AM
Thanks all who replied.

Yes he has been checked for his sway back. He just has a very long back and a high back end( That is what made him so much $$ on the track. He was a high stakes winner in Chicago, lots of years He was a school horse before I got him and then just a pasture horse for 2 years. So now he is very very happy to be back at work again, and he has no pain and does what I ask when I ask correctly. Per my
Peggy thanks for the input on Progressive, I believe he is on the 1st dark blue bag on that site you left,Pro Advantage I think I may just keep purchasing it from the dealer so I can keep him on it. It may cost more but I have heard that corn is very bad for tb due to arthritis. And sweet feed I think would just put more weight on him and I just got the weight off him so I don't want that.
Thanks again everybody!!
    08-10-2008, 01:22 PM
If the horse is already on the Pro Grass Advantage you don't get many better feed then that it is a no grain formula that is high in nutrition from a excellent company that is nation wide!!

If I were you I would keep him on it
    08-10-2008, 07:19 PM
Thanks again Peggy

The barn owner is a dealer and of course with all sales people you never know if what they are telling you is true so it's nice to have it confirmed. Now I just have to find a good place for my baby that is close and not to expensive
In Minnesota it is mostly Western, very hard to find a Hunter Jumper Barn that doesn't cost $1000 a month. Lol
Thanks again so much!!

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