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    11-15-2012, 12:18 PM
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Spirit88, Lol, I guess I'm the opposite of ya... I don't like to hardly even feel ribs on my animals...

So, yall think I should keep my feed the same for my mare, but cut back by... say... half, on my two geldings?

This would put my horses feed at:

Gypsie: 1 lbs Dumor Equistages, 1/2 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets, 2 ounces Cool Calories Fat Supplement, 2 1/3 ounce scoops VitaFlex Joint Supplement

Dakota: 1/4 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets

Jaxxon: 1/2 lbs Dumor equistages, 1/4 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets, 2 ounces Cool Calories Fat Supplement

And free-choice hay...


(sorry for all the confusion, just trying to do what's best for my horses, feed-wise)
     
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    11-15-2012, 12:24 PM
  #12
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It's nice to keep them in a good weight for winter, but you don't want to founder them.

I have the world's easiest keeper TB. I swear he gains weight on air!
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    11-15-2012, 12:29 PM
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Right, I do not want to founder them or do anything to make them be in bad health, for whatever reason...

I'm still learning about feeds, and am just trying to do what is best... though all the feeds out there makes for a very confused Britt, lol.
     
    11-15-2012, 12:34 PM
  #14
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Yeah, I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to feed. I give my boys Blue Seal Trotter, more to make up for any lack of vitamins/minerals their hay might be missing than because I think they need any sort of feed.

Mack gets added beet pulp in the winter too, but he's the only one. As a coming 27 y/o, he needs the extra calories. The other two stay beefy on hay and minimal amounts of Trotter. I'll up their hay when it gets really cold. Very rarely do I up their feed amounts.
     
    11-15-2012, 12:43 PM
  #15
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Britt yeah my horses are lean but right now iam dealing with a founder case lets just say its no fun. Its a good thing my gelding is lean being fat now with founder would only make it harder for him.I have a thread on here about it so yeah i"ll take my lean horses over fat ones.Iv been up all night doctoring my horse so I can hopefully save him when I say hopefully iam truely banking on hope right now.
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    11-15-2012, 12:53 PM
  #16
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Spirit88, I hope your gelding gets through the founder!
     
    11-15-2012, 01:17 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Britt    
Spirit88, Lol, I guess I'm the opposite of ya... I don't like to hardly even feel ribs on my animals...

So, yall think I should keep my feed the same for my mare, but cut back by... say... half, on my two geldings?

This would put my horses feed at:

Gypsie: 1 lbs Dumor Equistages, 1/2 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets, 2 ounces Cool Calories Fat Supplement, 2 1/3 ounce scoops VitaFlex Joint Supplement

Dakota: 1/4 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets

Jaxxon: 1/2 lbs Dumor equistages, 1/4 lbs Standlee Alfalfa Pellets, 2 ounces Cool Calories Fat Supplement

And free-choice hay...


(sorry for all the confusion, just trying to do what's best for my horses, feed-wise)
I would quit the Cool Calories and the Alfalfa pellets for all of them. See if that takes some weight off, don't increase any of the Equistages and keep them on free fed Grass Hay. If they are getting that little of the Equistages, I'm thinking come spring you'll drop that too and just give them hay, salt and water and they'll be fine.

I personally prefer my horses on the padded side, but not HUGE. I don't not like any ribs sticking out or hip bones that look like door knobs but I also don't like my horse to look like he was designed by Michelin Tires.

I like how this guy looks:


This guy we called ROUND Boy:
     
    11-15-2012, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I would quit the Cool Calories and the Alfalfa pellets for all of them. See if that takes some weight off, don't increase any of the Equistages and keep them on free fed Grass Hay. If they are getting that little of the Equistages, I'm thinking come spring you'll drop that too and just give them hay, salt and water and they'll be fine.

I personally prefer my horses on the padded side, but not HUGE. I don't not like any ribs sticking out or hip bones that look like door knobs but I also don't like my horse to look like he was designed by Michelin Tires.
That made me laugh... Maybe I should nickname Dakota 'Michelin' instead of 'Decoder'...

I will try it and see what happens. If I can just keep them on the Equistages, that will lower my feed bill some (as the Alfalfa Pellets are $12.00 for 40lbs, and the Cool Calories are $25.00 for 8lbs...).
     
    11-15-2012, 03:17 PM
  #19
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Don't rely on pictures and peoples opinion to judge. Print out a BCS and take it with you. Most horses need to be a 5 to low 6 to be healthy. 4.5 seems a little low. But, a 6 and higher is too much.
     
    11-15-2012, 03:57 PM
  #20
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Your mare and gelding arent necessarily fat. They look fat because they don't have much muscle. Not enough muscle makes the tummy area look bigger because it isnt being supported by the muscles. I would start an exercise routine with all of them.
     

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