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    02-16-2009, 11:23 PM
  #21
Green Broke
Just keep in mind that a round bale will last 2 horses about 10-14 days if they have access to it all day .
     
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    02-16-2009, 11:35 PM
  #22
Foal
Haha, yeah, I know xD
My other horse and his pasture pony go through about 2 a month.
     
    02-17-2009, 12:20 AM
  #23
Foal
Beet pulp, bermuda blend pellets,Soaked in water, rice bran and corn meal added has put the weight back on our 2 horses that were very skinny when we got them, we also give them bermuda/alfafa mixed hay during the day, It takes time but they are coming around, we currently are not riding them much due to their weight being so low but exercise them daily with walks on leadrope, we also supplement them with weight builder. Hope this helps ya and get the weight back on him
     
    02-17-2009, 12:33 AM
  #24
Weanling
And strategy wont make him hot? I had read some reviews that it did on some horses...I want to eliminate anything that could make him hyper. (and less manageable)...?
     
    02-17-2009, 01:23 AM
  #25
Foal
I used to work with rescues so I know allot about getting weight on.
The best way is.

A lot of rugs.
A bale of hay a day

And
2kgs shredded beet pulp(NO MOLLASIS!!)
2kgs extruded rice
2kgs some sort of elderly horse feed with no grain or mollasis
1 cup corn oil
1 cup fresh crushed lindseed
Some sort of mineral suppliment.

Split that into 3 feeds a day.
Usualy 7am 1.30pm and 7pm works really well.
     
    02-17-2009, 11:22 AM
  #26
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Originally Posted by rosie9r    
And strategy wont make him hot? I had read some reviews that it did on some horses...I want to eliminate anything that could make him hyper. (and less manageable)...?
it has never made me OTTB mare hot and I asked at the feed store for a good addition to her diet that wasn't "sugary" ... just a thought
     
    02-17-2009, 04:59 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by rosie9r    
And strategy wont make him hot? I had read some reviews that it did on some horses...I want to eliminate anything that could make him hyper. (and less manageable)...?
A vitamin supplement is safer, and DEFINITELY won't make him hot . You have to feed quite a bit of strategy for full nutritional value. If you feed less than the recommended amount, you'd have to feed a vitamin supplement anyway!

And really, when you think about it, how can they make a "good" feed with all that nutrition, yet it's so cheap? It's about the same price or cheaper than plain whole oats right now... I'll tell you how, by using "sweepings" and "leavings" as the bulk of the pellet, basically stuff off the floor that I personally wouldn't feed to a goat... Or the byproducts from the ethanol and beer brewing industries, "brewers grains". It's not the grain itself, but the left overs that would normally be thrown away or made into pig chow.... Doesn't sound like a good thing to feed to me.

I like to feed whole foods, that I know exactly what they are and where they came from. My alfalfa pellets use rice bran as the binding agent, no animal fat or molasses. Beet pulp is just beet pulp, one ingredient, plus possibly a preservative (read the tag to make sure it's not animal fat or molasses). A good vitamin supplement will use soy, flax, or ground alfalfa as the base (read the ingredients to check!) with no fillers or byproducts.
     
    02-17-2009, 09:09 PM
  #28
Foal
I"m sure everyone on her has thier own opinions on different feeds. I've personally used stratedy and have had great results with it and I don't feed excessive amounts. They have reformulated it and its alot better than years ago. I have not found it to cause any hyperness in any of my horses. Just a question, isn't beet pulp a product of the sugar making process as it comes from the sugar beet?
     
    02-17-2009, 09:39 PM
  #29
Green Broke
Yes, beet pulp is the leftovers from sugar beets, but all of the sugar (and much of the nutrients) has been leeched out of it. What's left is a low protein, high fiber shred. You can buy it in the pelleted or shredded form. I prefer shredded as it doesn't take as long to soak and is less processed. Beet pulp doesn't have a lot of nutrients, but it's got some protein and plenty of calories, and it's not that high in digestible energy (about the same as alfalfa hay). Protein is around 8-10%.
     
    02-18-2009, 12:06 AM
  #30
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
A vitamin supplement is safer, and DEFINITELY won't make him hot . You have to feed quite a bit of strategy for full nutritional value. If you feed less than the recommended amount, you'd have to feed a vitamin supplement anyway!

And really, when you think about it, how can they make a "good" feed with all that nutrition, yet it's so cheap? It's about the same price or cheaper than plain whole oats right now... I'll tell you how, by using "sweepings" and "leavings" as the bulk of the pellet, basically stuff off the floor that I personally wouldn't feed to a goat... Or the byproducts from the ethanol and beer brewing industries, "brewers grains". It's not the grain itself, but the left overs that would normally be thrown away or made into pig chow.... Doesn't sound like a good thing to feed to me.

I like to feed whole foods, that I know exactly what they are and where they came from. My alfalfa pellets use rice bran as the binding agent, no animal fat or molasses. Beet pulp is just beet pulp, one ingredient, plus possibly a preservative (read the tag to make sure it's not animal fat or molasses). A good vitamin supplement will use soy, flax, or ground alfalfa as the base (read the ingredients to check!) with no fillers or byproducts.
wow the stuff off the ground .. kind of harsh.

We each have our opinions of what works best for our horses .. maybe be a little kinder and realize that just because you don't like something doesn't mean that you have to bash it.

I have found it works well ... but to each his/her own.
     

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