Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: St.Louis, Missouri
I would get rid of the omalene and oats completely.
A. 2 scoops per day most likely isn't enough. "But he's fat" yes, but you MUST feed the minimum on the bag per your horses weight and workload. Otherwise those guaranteed nutrients, your not getting. Which will lead your horse to being deficient and can cause health issues.
B. Omalene 100 has oats in it already if I'm not mistaken, and probably corn too. Startch and more startch(makes a fat horse) also, corn loses 70% its pitiful nutrient value as soon as its cracked. So by the time it gets fed its basically cardboard.
C. Is your horse a little hotheaded? MAYBE not with the low amount of feed but if you fed him the correct amount, my guess is yes he would get a little hot. Its the phrase "fighting the oats" try giving a toddler sugar and espresso then telling them to sit still and pay attention..not going to happen. When I had my boy on Purina strategy he develeped bucking when I cued a canter and dancing in cross ties. Now he's back to his mellow paint self. The candy and espresso to a toddler is the equivalent of omalene and oats, especially to an easier keeper.
D.being overweight and feeding those food stuffs high in natural startch and sugar are a health problem waiting to occur, foundering, colicing, insulin resistant are some big ones.
He SHOULD have unlimited hay but I understand situations don't always work that way.
I highly reccomend gro n win by buckeye. It is super nutritious. 100% vitamins and nutrients in a small amount of feed(also better for horses digestive tract which is set up for small amounts all day. Two small feedings lowers colic risk than two larger feedings.) By small amount of feed I mean 1.5 lbs a day for most horses. Comes to 3 small coffee cups a day. Also, its cheaper. I pay 27.60 for a 50lb bag. Divide 27.60 by 50... it lasts more than a month.
Gro n win was designed to supplement what horses don't get from their hay. Think of it as a multivitamin. All he needs is hay and gro n win.
If he gets a little ribby, gro n win makes ultimately finish which can be added to the gro n win or some beet pulp. Nit oats.All buckeye feeds have gro n win in them. Its the backbone of all their feeds. So you can try any feed of there's and you'll still get at least a lb of gro n win.
Hope that helps.
Any ration balancer will be better than his current routine. Google horse nutrition ration balancer. You'll see a website understanding horse nutrtituon.
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