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  • If we fed a stallion and a gelding the same high energy feed what horse would have more enery?

 
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    11-04-2008, 09:55 PM
  #11
Started
Alfalfa is not a high energy feed UNLESS your horse has a reaction to it ....

Up the nutrition, increase hay then add fat if needed
     
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    11-04-2008, 10:11 PM
  #12
Trained
Thanks, Peggysue -- I don't use alfalfa, but have heard lots of people not using it because it makes their horses hyper. Hence my assumption that it was a high energy food.
     
    11-05-2008, 02:51 AM
  #13
Foal
Thanks for the info as of right now he is on strtegy but that is when I noticed the loss in weight. His teeth were floated about four months agoaccording to the records and paperwork that came along with him when he was purchased. I have other horses but they look great. One I have had for three years and I bought this gelding and a mare at the same time and she looks great!he is the only one. I do feed hay free choice but it is a fescue hay. Should I give him something different? It seems to be fine for the others.oh and he is being fed twice a day, Should I add another feeding at lunch?
     
    11-05-2008, 06:35 AM
  #14
Foal
My OTTB had weight issues. But remember some are built leaner than others so him looking super skinny might just be him being "slightly" underweight.

We use alfalfa and timothy hay. Constant 24/7 access. With my OTTB we fed him 3 times a day. I forget what the feed was called but its by Purina. We added it into his regular grain mixture (sweetfeed and oats). Try asking your vet if they know an efficient way to aid in weight gaining.
Good luck!
     
    11-05-2008, 07:41 AM
  #15
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Hmmm .... How MUCH is he being fed?? Weight wise if possible??

There is nothing wrong with fescue hay .. it is only a problem if you have preg mares...
     
    11-05-2008, 09:35 AM
  #16
Started
Ok I cant' walk away I hate startgy feed and have found that most horses do BETTER when taken off of it ... if you want to stay with Purina go with the Enrich32 or Ultima ... with the Enrich add in some beet pulp for calories and make sure he is getting FREE CHOICE hay
     
    11-05-2008, 10:02 AM
  #17
Yearling
And remember that it's not just the type and amount of hay that is important, but also the quality. Different cuttings and changes in environmental factors (rain, temperatures, etc) affect the nutritional content of hay.

You need to first look at getting appropriate amounts and nutrient balance. If those two things are wrong, you can continue to have weight and health issues.
Once you know that you are feeding appropriate amounts and that the nutrient balance is right, then add fat---vegetable oil, any number of "weight supplements", etc can be used--and give it a bit of time.
     
    11-05-2008, 11:29 AM
  #18
Yearling
Have you thought about doing a fecal count?
     
    11-05-2008, 11:36 AM
  #19
Foal
If the fescue hay has toxic endophytes it can affect any animal that eats it not just pregnant mares. Some animals are more sensitive to the toxin than others. It can make all kinds of animals ill that eat it and shorten their life spans. It can negatively affect fertility in stallions. It can cause fescue foot in cows and cause them not to have milk for their calves. Calves or foals that get nothing else will grow poorly. The levels of fungus can vary from year to year or month to month. The fungus is also in the fescue seed itself so when someone plants high endophyte fescue like Kentucky 31 they are planting fungus spores with the grass. There is a non toxic endophyte fescue that was developed to replace the toxic type but the seed is more expensive.
     
    11-05-2008, 12:11 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by Kincsem    
If the fescue hay has toxic endophytes it can affect any animal that eats it not just pregnant mares. Some animals are more sensitive to the toxin than others. It can make all kinds of animals ill that eat it and shorten their life spans. It can negatively affect fertility in stallions. It can cause fescue foot in cows and cause them not to have milk for their calves. Calves or foals that get nothing else will grow poorly. The levels of fungus can vary from year to year or month to month. The fungus is also in the fescue seed itself so when someone plants high endophyte fescue like Kentucky 31 they are planting fungus spores with the grass. There is a non toxic endophyte fescue that was developed to replace the toxic type but the seed is more expensive.
we are talking HORSES no cattle adn from reading the post I don' see a preg mare or breeding stallion

Can you post the links so I can follow this research showing how bad fescue is?? I have seen it fed for many many years and have researched it and the ONLY danger I have found is with last trimister mares
     

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