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        04-30-2013, 09:11 PM
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    You like twisting words to make your "point" don't you?

    If you go to the feed store and buy sweet feed, and compare the labels.. it has barely anything nutritionally beneficial to the horse.

    Now if you look at something marked "complete feed" or "senior feed" (to which is NOT only for senior horses, it just had more components in it for horses that may be hard keepers such as higher protein, rice bran, beet pulp, etc.) it has vitamins and minerals that are nutritionally beneficial to a horse.

    The key word is moderation. Which is why people are able to give their horses apples, carrots, sugar cubes, and yes.. they are able to munch on grass so long as sugar levels aren't high. Which yes, that varies throughout the day.. which yes, I learned in that class.
    I didnt twist anything- I simply said what was true. Sweet means 'molasses'

    That's not true- there are the lower end sweet feed (cattle feed) and there are the higher quality sweetfeeds (horse grade) that just have added molasses.

    Senior horse feed is feed broken down easily with saliva, and is made for the horse with teeth issues, hard keeper, etcetra. Most people I've seen will feed it soaked along with beat pulp and for the under weighters- weight builder..

    That's right-- if you give your horse 1st cutting hay then switch to 3rd cutting youll notice a big difference in the weight he gains.. 3rd is better.

    I disagree with the OP pumping her horse fulla minerals and supplements he is only pissing away.. literally pissing money away.. horses waste what minerals their bodies don't use..

    He just needs more hay, and id say wormer but he was wormed a few days ago and I think that has a lot to do with his weight issue. Id also give more mixed grass hay per day.. a horse should eat long grass hay till their full..
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        05-01-2013, 05:21 AM
    I haven't read all the posts, however I will say I agree the horse needs more feed. Just to touch on the sweet feed issue, our horses have been on the same sweet feed for 20+ years until recently, we started mixing in a 12% protein pellet. Granted, they get 2.5-3 lbs max at each feeding and it has lower molasses, but they still get it. My Shetland has been eating the same amount and same grain for the entire 17 years I've had her, even on pasture. Never had a founder, colic, ulcers, nothing.

    We also "rescue" here and there, and have never had an issue with weight gain. They get good quality hay and their grain twice daily. They actually tend to pick up weight rather quickly.

    I'm not saying that this horse will benefit from sweet feed, just that us personally and many, many of the barns around here feed it with zero issues. Maybe it's our local brand and because it has a lower amount of molasses, I don't know. But it works/worked for us.
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