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post #1 of 21 Old 06-27-2011, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Nutritionists- I need your help!!

Okay, so I need to know if I am doing my horses ANY justice at all by my feeding schedule. Can you help?

Morning: (8ish)

-1/2 scoop Nutrena Compete
-1 scoop beet pulp
-1/4 scoop corn
-2 oz. Weight builder/conditioner for mares. 6 oz. For my rescue gelding.

Then Turn Out (grass and constant jiggs hay access)

Afternoon: (11ish)
-1 1/2 scoop alfalfa cubes- completely soaked

When finished, turn out again (grass and constant jiggs hay access)

Night: (8ish)
-1/2 scoop Nutrena Compete
-1/2 scoop beet pulp
-1 scoop alfalfa cubes
-2 oz. Flax seed

When finished, turn out again.

Are my horses getting the nutrition they need?
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-27-2011, 09:02 PM
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Sound pretty good, but I would cut out the corn.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-27-2011, 09:48 PM
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I would have to agree with Ray, lose the corn. Other than that, it sounds great.
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 01:25 PM
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How many pounds are you feeding rather than scoops?
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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I couldn't tell you how many pounds...I don't have a proper scale, although I need to get one. Around my area, everyone measures in scoops. And just curious...I was told that corn is a weight builder. Can I ask why I would lose it?
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 02:00 PM
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Corn has a tendency to ferment which can lead to colic. I agree in being cautious when using it. I have personally seen a handful of horses colic from corn.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thank you :) That makes sense now.
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Corn is also a source of starch. Feeding it can increase the chances of laminitis, tying-up. Most people want to feed a low starch diet for these reasons.
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 03:00 PM
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It is important to know how many pounds of feed your horse is getting (not just you, but to everyone) I should probably start a new thread on that. That will be the first question a nutritionist will ask you. I work with one, so trust me I know. Literally, its just him and me in a room all day working on rations. He asks me all the time how my horse is and how many pounds i'm feeding. I think he was testing me because most horse people think in scoops, not pounds. I would see if you can borrow a scale, even a bathroom scale and find out how much you feed in pounds. It is also good to know in case you need to consult a vet. They want to know pounds too. A scoop could be any size in their minds.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-28-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks :) I know, I need to get one, more for the fact that I am a very exact person, especially when it comes to my horses.

Question for you, since you I think would know:
My TB is a rescue...I wish I could attatch pictures, but, what is THE best thing to put weight on a horse? He's not losing, but he's not gaining I don't think and it's ticking me off, because I put alot of work into him, especially.

Let me re-phrase that....He looks like a normal horse now, he's just thin. He doesn't really show ribs, but his back bone is still prominant, though there is fat over it. He's just hit a hump and won't go over it...help?
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