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post #21 of 22 Old 06-24-2009, 01:25 AM
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Horse Nutrition, Bulletin 762-00, Protein

"High-protein rations have been reported to cause kidney damage in horses. This is an untrue old wives tale brought about because a horse on a high-protein ration urinated more, and the smell of the urine was stronger due to the excess urea being passed."

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"Pagan also notes that total grams of protein are what count, not percent or concentration."

This is the ONLY "bad" thing about feeding too much protein, as stated in the article above: "Excess protein can lead to high levels of urea, which, when excreted in the urine, is converted to ammonia by bacteria in the stall bedding and floor. Too much protein also causes the horse to drink more water. Combined, these factors mean that a horse on a high-protein diet will urinate more, creating more ammonia in his environment. For a stabled horse, that can spell respiratory distress."

"There is no data, either scientific or otherwise, which suggests that protein intake has anything to do with mental attitude."
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post #22 of 22 Old 06-24-2009, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by appylover31803 View Post
Can we please keep this on track?
I know that the percentages are important, but i was looking for different types of ration balancers to feed my horses, not get into a whole debate as to why someone should/shouldn't feed a RB.

Thank you Peggy for taking the time out to help me, and to hotreddun and L2R for helping me as well.
Ditto. This has become my pet peeve on this forum. If a thread asks a specific question either answer that specific question or don't reply. She didn't ask "should I use a ration balancer or not?" She asked very specifically about feeding rates, costs, and brands of ration balancers. If you want to start a new subject start a new thread don't hijack.
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