I have a 2 1/2 year old miniature mare who is 29 inches tall. I have learned that these little ones are much harder to keep in shape that the taller minis. Well the problem I am having with her is that she has no topline and some of her ribs can be felt somewhat easily and she has a great big pot belly. She is dewormed monthly and is fed basic grass hay with tribute essential k twice a day. I have had the vet out and the lady from the feed comapny back when I first switched to this feed and they both said that same thing, protein, vitamin, and mineral deficent. I had the lady from the feed company out at first because I have a stallion that had ulcers and had trouble holding weight and I was trying to find a feed that would work for him along with the rest of the horses. She recommened essential k for him and also looked at her and said that she would recommend the same for her. I switched back at the beginning of September and since then my stallion has done a complete turn around and the other horses are doing great on this feed. This little mare though has turned around some, but not like the others. She use to be really ribby and have a huge pot belly (like a hay belly) and since I have fed this new feed it has gotten better. I would say it has went down 50% and she has put that on her topline, but know it seems like she has gotten to a certain point and just stopped.
This feed is a ration balancer with no grain in it and is very high in protein and vitamins and minerals. It is designed so that no other supplements are needed. All you feed with this is hay and water. I will post the description of this feed towards the end of my post. I was told when went out and found this feed from everyone that this is great feed and that it is a the old buckeye gro n' win formula before mars bought it and changed the ingredients because the lady who worked for buckeye left them and went to make the tribute line of feeds for kalmbach. The lady from tribute is going to be coming out to my barn next week and bringing some weight builder that is designed to work with essential k for my stallion and I am going to ask her about my mare while she is out here.
If anyone has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate them!
This is the page to this feed I am feeding. Tribute Equine Nutrition - Tribute Essential K