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    04-27-2012, 10:42 AM
No experience with that product but don't discontinue something without researching it thoroughly yourself. I gave it a quick browse and didn't see anything bad about it. I think once he gets more hay and whether you decide to switch to a different feed (you can research about that to make that decision) then he'll start looking a lot better.

Make sure to talk with your vet about these changes, as they probably will know a loooot more than we do :)

Originally Posted by torty    
Also with minerals? He was having equilibrium but I have heard that it doesnt work? He gets mineral blocks but is there any thing else I can give him?
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    04-27-2012, 08:11 PM
Thankyou everyone for replying :) he's going to be given more hay and grains and hopefully he will put on some weight :)
    04-27-2012, 08:33 PM
He will be getting 2 flakes of hay in the morning (my only concern with that is he gets bored of it after 1 flake and walks away so is there any way I can make it more interesting for him? Like pouring a bit of molasses over it?) He will also be getting a serve of Full fat soya meal and Mitavite gumnuts. At night he will be getting another flake of hay, another serve of Full fat soya meal, Mitavite gumnuts and some speedi beet. If anyone has any suggestions or objections to his feed please say so. The most important thing is for my boy to be healthy. Thankyou again for everyones input. :)
    04-27-2012, 08:38 PM
Get a hay bag; stuff his hay in there. Instantly more interesting.. and hay bags don't cost too much.
    04-27-2012, 08:46 PM
I must have missed something, is he on pasture all day? 2 flakes of hay isnt enough hay unless he is on pasture and just gets it as minerals and extra forage etc
    04-27-2012, 08:49 PM
He is on pasture all day. He can't be stabled because his feet swell up :( I have a hay bag but he gives up on that too. He's not very patient.
    04-27-2012, 08:54 PM
All day and night **** sorry
    04-27-2012, 09:01 PM
Oh ok that makes more since now! Sorry for the confusion. Maybe when you switch the feeds and know he is getting more nutrients from his grain then giving him a 2 flakes wont be a big deal. If he eats it he eats it, if not he will come back when he wants more. Maybe it would be a good idea to just keep the hay bag full for when he wants to eat?
    04-27-2012, 09:23 PM
I was thinking that but I have another horse and she will eat it if he walks away and she's already too fat lol
    04-27-2012, 09:29 PM
Originally Posted by torty    
I was thinking that but I have another horse and she will eat it if he walks away and she's already too fat lol
You don't seperate them at dinner time/bfast? I'm guessing that would help him keep his weight on better since he doesn't have to compete for his ration.

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