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        12-30-2012, 11:35 AM
    Originally Posted by hellothere    
    I'm not a feeding expert, but I would personally suggest considering putting her on a feed for weight control. I'm not sure if it would differ because she is a mini, but I have a full-size horse who needs to lose weight and I've found a lot of good out of switching her into Purina Well Solve Low Starch grain. Honestly, you don't want to harm your horse by restricting too much. I know your horse is small, but she needs to still have a nutritional diet. I would recommend contacting a vet.
    If a horse can get what they need from a ration balancer or vit/mineral supplement (with minimal calories), why feed any grain at all? In doing some research I found that Wellsolve L/S is 1200 calories per pound; Wellsolve W/C is 900 calories per pound. The RB I feed now is 900 calories per pound, BUT I only have to feed 1# per day to give my horses all the vitamins and minerals they need (and most of the protein).

    I am curious; while Wellsolve is certainly much better than high carb/high fat/high sugar feeds, why did you opt for the Wellsolve instead of something lower in calories, such as a vitamin/mineral supplement or a ration balancer?
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