Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Emilyy, I live in Stillwater and buy my grass hay here too, and it's good hay, I agree with you there. BUT........some horses just don't so well on strictly grass hay. The last pic you put up of your horse looks a whole lot better than the first ones, she's actually at a pretty decent weight. She could use some more but not desperately.
I like to keep my feeding as simple as possible which is why you won't find me feeding 13 different products. I choose Safeguard, Strategy, Omolene 400 and such because they are very balanced and do a good job of meeting the horses requirements.
If your horse loses weight on those products, them I'm willing to BET MONEY that you're not following the feeding directions on the bags.
For a 1,000 lb horse (assuming that's where you want her) you would feed:
Safechoice - 5 to 7.5 lbs per day, (their directions for Performance Ligth Exercise, .5 to .75 per 100 lbs of body weight). That's the original formula not one of the newer specialty formulas.
Strategy - Professional Formula GX - .75 to 1.5% of weight/day = 7.5 lbs - 15 lbs/day
Ultium Competition - 6 lbs to 11.5 lbs per day
Omolene 400 - 13 lbs/day for light work
Omolene 400 is a complete feed and doesn't need to have hay fed with it, which is why is such a good one for putting on weight. When I get a thin horse in, I like to use the 400 and still let them have grass hay as desired, by the time they get to a good weight, I can cut back some on the 400 and feed more hay. Just make sure you don't cut so much that the nutrition balance is upset.
All of these feeds have pre & pro biotics in them, no need to add them or vitamins or minerals. Just salt, feed bucket, hay and water. Very simple.
13lbs a day of the Omolene? That's not too much? And it was my understanding that horses need hay, or some kind of forage, to keep their digestive tracts healthy. Right? I fed a complete feed once from Purina, cut the hay out(because I simply didn't have any, it was in the middle of the drought) and she got super thin. I was feeding her the right amount as directed per the bag(I'm a nutritionist junkie and always follow labels!), and it wasn't until I was able to get some cheap hay from Atwoods that she actually started to bloom out. Not nessesarily weight-wise, but she wasn't "sunken in" in her flank areas anymore.
I just hope I can get to a diet that works for her. I want her to be the best she can be and not fluctuate like this. Thank you for saying she looks good, I've(as you may know) have worked really hard on her. I don't think she looks any different now than any of the other horses at the barn I work at(health-wise). But who knows, there's always some "horse-guru" out there that will tell you something different