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        02-17-2010, 09:55 PM
    I think having a generally balanced diet is more important for muscle gain than upping the protein. If you feed them something with more than 14% protein they basically just pee the rest out.
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        02-17-2010, 09:58 PM
    That is what my Feed Store told me - and they said that Purina has 14%.
        02-17-2010, 10:06 PM
    Oh ok
    I really like ultium if you want to up the calories
    I don't have any experience with senior feeds like you are already using !
        02-17-2010, 10:09 PM
    I am really paranoid about changing Nelson's feed though, because he is soooo oober sensative -I fear another colic.

    How much protien is in Ultium? What is in Grow And Win?
        02-17-2010, 10:18 PM
    I *think* the minimum is about 12%

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        02-17-2010, 10:27 PM
    I wonder if I just gradually introduce Ultium and do 1/2 and 1/2?
        02-17-2010, 10:37 PM
    It's not about the number on the bag but about the TOTAL diet and amount fed and the quality of it all.

    If all you are really wanting to do is add some amino acids then look for the supplement called Tri Amino. I can't remember who makes it off top of my head.

    If he is so sensitive I would NOT have him on Purina Senior it has grains which can and do lead to stomach problems. Have you had him checked for ulcers??
        02-17-2010, 11:04 PM
    Yes, and he has uclers. Yes he's been scoped. He's been on Purina Senior for 6 years. He is now 20 years old.

    I also have him on SmartGut from SmartPak.

    His face is stuffed in a round bale all day, purina senior, plenty of vits and mins, and so on and so on.
        02-18-2010, 07:18 PM
    Alfalfa hay or alfalfa pellets will add a lot of protein safely. (i refer to adding this to his regular diet, not replacing grass hay. I feed both types of hay)
        02-19-2010, 02:20 AM
    I remember reading somewhere that horses don't use protein to "bulk up" like humans do... Can't find the article online though and I can't find my stash of magazines!! Gah!!!

    Personally, I would not add anything to his feed. He needs to walk and walk and walk in a frame and properly connected while pushing from behind to build muscle! Correct riding builds correct muscle. He is not going to magically bulk up because you change his feed.

    Good luck!

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