Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Lemmseethesmurfs, Arctic Tundra
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Say WHAT? Feed question
I had a quick question on something the lady who owns the stables I am boarded at had said.
I want to have my horse back on the Purina Strategy feed he has been on since he was a foal. He has been on a oats/sweet feed diet for about 5-6 months and a few weeks ago I put him on a half oats/sweet feed half Purina + fat supplement (for his weight problem)
I asked her if Loki (8yr Missouri Fox Trotter gelding) had been on the mix of oats, sweet feed, and Purina long enough to put him full on the Purina feed. He's been on this for about two in a half weeks now, and I was still rather unsure if it was safe to go for the switch.
She said this...and I quote...
"Oh, the Purina feed has a really high percentage of protein in it and protein makes horses run hot. He's already running hot on my feed (oats and sweet feed)..."
I went on autopilot after that and just nodded and agreed.
'Protein makes horses run hot.'
Is this finally the answer to why my kitten keeps trying to eat my toes and randomly pounces on my heads and goes nuts in my hair? That high protein content in his food must make him REALLY hyper...
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't OATS and SWEET FEED make horses energetic? Isn't oats some serious energy? And isn't sweet feed basically pure sugar?
From the back of the bag of Purina Strategy I have sitting in my room (I fretted about it freezing in the garage):
Quality protein with enhanced amino acids -
(in a nutshell) 'Optimizes muscle growth' 'Helps preformance horses recover from training/exercising' 'Supports fetal development+milk production in broodmares'
I'm not taking advice from this crazy crack people anymore.
I don't trust them.
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