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    10-14-2011, 12:55 AM
my feeding routine

Just wanted your opinions on my feeding schedule.

7 a.m. Morning feed:
1 flake of brome hay
1 Scoop Purina omolene 100
Half scoop of rolled oats
And his smartpak omega3

2 p.m. Lunch time:
One flake of brome hay

7-9 p.m. Dinner:
2 large flakes of BH
1 Scoop of purina

What do you guys think about his feeding times and what I'm feeding him? My horse is a fairly good keeper and he's kinda pudgy as of right now.
Any suggestions on different kinds of feed/supplements?
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    10-14-2011, 05:51 AM
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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    10-14-2011, 08:35 AM
I'd love to try buckeye but its an 80 mile round trip to the closest dealer. >.<
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    10-14-2011, 09:58 AM
What about Nutrena's SafeChoice?
I've heard good things about it and several people at my barn feed it. Their horses are of good weight and have a nice coat.

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    10-14-2011, 10:30 AM
Dumb! That seems to be an issue of theirs. There are 2 places within a 60 Mike radius that carry it here. I just happen to live 5 minutes away from one...which puts my barn 40 miles away -_- that website has a list of other ration balancers. Let me get it. And I don't know about safe choice.. I'd have to look at the ingredient list. Let me do some searching
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    10-14-2011, 10:33 AM
Specific Ration Balancer Products

List of names of ration balancers. I would print the chart out and take it to your feed stores and see if they have any of them.
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    10-14-2011, 10:37 AM
I know! I live in central oklahoma but the nearest dealer is in Goldsby, Oklahoma.
I have never fed nutrena so I'm not sure how my horse would take it.
When changing feeds, what's the best way to do it? Should I mix the food so its a gradual change?
    10-14-2011, 11:00 AM
Yes, when I changed feeds(I switched between 4 feeds before finding gro n win) always in gradual amounts.
Say 3/4 scoop current feed and 1/4 of whatever the new feed is calling for. I would do that for about 2-3 days then half and half then 1/4old feed and 3/4 new feed. That way the stomach can adjust to less feed and not have an issue with excess stomach acids from bigger portions.
Safe choice has ground corn. Which is essentially useless. Corn isn't so easy to digest and its a filler so its just there to make the feed look like more while its the leading grain as far as high startch/sugar content. Its OKAY. But you could probably do better easily.
Have you kept an eye out for gro n win at all area horse relates stores? I just found that a country store with famously overpriced everything(right next to the national equestrian center.. they capitalize on out of state riders forgetting something like a crop or a bag of feed or shampoo)
But they started carrying it. However in buckeyes website the only carrier of it is the place I get it.
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    10-14-2011, 11:27 AM
I honestly haven't heard of the brand itself. I've thought about triple crown's complete formula but I still can't find a dealer! I'm having the worst luck finding anything but Purina anywhere.
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    10-14-2011, 11:43 AM
I'm afraid it's not easy get read of the grain/pellet completely if you need to add supplements.

BW, have you considered Blue Seal? I feed their Carb Gurd (low starch/low sugar pellets, and it's sold in our local Mill and TSC.

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