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post #11 of 24 Old 08-24-2013, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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He has a mineral block out right now. I haven't been feeding him corn since beginning of June or so, that was mixed in with oats. Now he has sweet feed mixed with oats. Last winter it was regular grain feed mixed with oats, plus hay & alfalfa. How do you go about doing coconut oil? Never heard of that lol, I've heard & used beetpulp before on a Walking Horse mare. Right now my riding time is taken up by a green stud & my other barrel gelding & colt. I can ride him once a day, fit it in, 30 minutes a day. Flat work or hill work which would be better?

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post #12 of 24 Old 08-25-2013, 10:55 PM
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Corn can be found in most pelleted feeds- especially sweet as filler-- you can see if it has corn on the tag.

We were feeding life designs compet pellet feed mixed with cracked oats in the winter time and when we are working them hard- the compete is high in fat and good for horses that burn more callories than they take in with the avrage feed-- in winter we would add hot water and some honey and oil.. tasty!

The coconut oil is tasty too! You just use it like any other oils on top of the feed or you can mix it with your hands if you want-- we put about a cup per horse- all the fat goes straight to the topline.


30 minutes a day on the flat- hill work might work but collection work is more efficient -- one of our geldings is the type that 'naturally collects' and his topline is so nice! With they were all that way, lol.

I got a walker I do a lot of collection and backing work with and her topline is very muscled up- I don't even do any hill work with her and hardly ride her up the mountians or hills- it definitely is more effective than just flat work but collection and backing works nicer in my experience working for topline.

For your horse I would build up his stamina and muscle on the flat for 30 minutes a day then go from there.
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I have him on two big scoops of corn, one big scoop of oats, & a supplemental powder right now along with a fresh cut square bale a day & pastured during the daytime. He's a very testy, hot horse, so right now I'm working on his flexing & his reining spin. & backing as well. I'm putting a blanket & a neoprene saddle pad on him under the saddle to hopefully make sure it isn't causing him discomfort.

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Is he the only horse on the property? If so I'd say your vet is right-stress.
He is no where near a 6 or 7 on the weight scale.
Hot weather, bugs & any number of things can cause weight loss too.
I guess you have to look at the big picture of his husbandry from food to friends & try to fix what is missing or not working for him.
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Two big scoops of whole corn or cracked? Whole corn is no good- to be truthful cracked corn aint too good either and that's a who lot of corn to be feeing-- I noticed that since corn is so high in starch it makes their sweat 'thick' and looks starchy.

Cracked and crimpt oats is pretty safe to feed a horse.

He gets a bail of grass hay to himself? I thought you said he was on pasture and no hay unless its alfalfa cubes?
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Is he the only horse on the property? If so I'd say your vet is right-stress.
He is no where near a 6 or 7 on the weight scale.
Hot weather, bugs & any number of things can cause weight loss too.
I guess you have to look at the big picture of his husbandry from food to friends & try to fix what is missing or not working for him.
He has six other horses & a donkey. He shouldn't be lonely..

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Two big scoops of whole corn or cracked? Whole corn is no good- to be truthful cracked corn aint too good either and that's a who lot of corn to be feeing-- I noticed that since corn is so high in starch it makes their sweat 'thick' and looks starchy.

Cracked and crimpt oats is pretty safe to feed a horse.

He gets a bail of grass hay to himself? I thought you said he was on pasture and no hay unless its alfalfa cubes?
Corn is cracked. He's accustome to being fed corn, all of mine are. He was fed corn way before I bought him as well & I've never noticed any thick sweat or anything after a workout or a hot day. Normal as any other horse. He gets a hay bale a day, I didn't say anything about him not getting one, & he has the donkey in with him but she doesn't get the hay or grain.

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corn isnt a healthy feed to feed horses oats is better but also not a great choice. I have an IR horse he can not have either of those grains, 1pound of corn for him and he's got hot feet and another laminits attack on the way.

Once youv been down the road iv been down with a laminatic horse you will change the way you feed your horse. Sorry I wont have either of those grains in my feed room again.

Simple fact is your feeding an unhealthy diet to your horse all diets should be forage based. There are alot better options out there then corn and oats. Do some research educate yourself on feeding horses.
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corn isnt a healthy feed to feed horses oats is better but also not a great choice. I have an IR horse he can not have either of those grains, 1pound of corn for him and he's got hot feet and another laminits attack on the way.

Once youv been down the road iv been down with a laminatic horse you will change the way you feed your horse. Sorry I wont have either of those grains in my feed room again.

Simple fact is your feeding an unhealthy diet to your horse all diets should be forage based. There are alot better options out there then corn and oats. Do some research educate yourself on feeding horses.
This feed choice works 2x better for my horses than anything I've tried. They stay fatter, healthier, & more active on corn & oats than they do on sweet feed, alfalfa, hay, or really any other grain I've tried feeding them. My boyfriend feeds this diet, my best friend feeds this diet, my other friend feeds this, & I know a stable the town over that feeds this. It's all how the horse takes it, ain't no horse the same.

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This feed choice works 2x better for my horses than anything I've tried. They stay fatter, healthier, & more active on corn & oats than they do on sweet feed, alfalfa, hay, or really any other grain I've tried feeding them. My boyfriend feeds this diet, my best friend feeds this diet, my other friend feeds this, & I know a stable the town over that feeds this. It's all how the horse takes it, ain't no horse the same.
Well I don't feed sweet feed or anything grain based period,i feed triple crown senior feed no grain in it. My horse is IR he can't have grain ever!!!

I did at one time feed oats with some sucess but my horses look a ton better on TC senior. I thought oats was the way to go too.
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