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post #11 of 18 Old 11-27-2008, 07:31 PM
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I agree that horses do not need grain *as a rule*. It is *generally* not great for them either. If it's unprocessed, it cannot be easily digested in the stomach & instead is digested in the hindgut, where it can cause colic, laminitis & other probs. Processed & well digested, it can still lead to probs such as insuline resistance from being too rich, especially if it's also sweetened.

Unnatural feeding regimes - in meals with many hours in between - is also a problem for horses who's systems are made for almost constant digestion of tiny quantities. Ulcers are one problem, but mass die-offs of the hindgut bacteria which needs constant feed of certain types can also cause reduced digestion & toxicity. Difficulty keeping weight on is one possible product of this. If you're going to feed 'hard feed', little & often - at least every 6 hrs or so - is important.
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Thanks for the advice guys, however I would have to disagree with you. Jubilee has always had sweet feed as far as I know and she's never had a problem with it. IDK, I'm going to cut it back half and see how that goes.

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post #13 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys, however I would have to disagree with you. Jubilee has always had sweet feed as far as I know and she's never had a problem with it. IDK, I'm going to cut it back half and see how that goes.
Didn't she just colic? Although colic can be attributed to many things the most common reasons are lack of water and their feed.
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Well I have no idea what could have caused it. I told the vet that she was getting sweet feed. He said he didn't know why it happened. But if I do end up changing her feed, I want to wait a little while because changing feeds suddenly can also cause colic.

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Adding new things to the diet can cause tummy problems. Removing items from the diet can be done basically overnight.
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Adding new things to the diet can cause tummy problems. Removing items from the diet can be done basically overnight.
Well said although..... you knew there would be more ... if you remove her grain be sure she is getting her NUTRITION somewhere most hays and pasture are severly lacking in alot of things depending upon your area and how it is managed :) OR you could try taking her off of the senior she was on and looking into the Triple Crown Senior that is grain free

BTW MOST vets get very little if any equine nutrition in college they normally get ONE semester of GENERAL nutrition... so unless your vet took the time to enroll in one chances are they have no actual equine nutrition knowledge

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #17 of 18 Old 11-28-2008, 08:16 PM
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I did forget to add to my list that they also get a COMPLETE supplement.

If you're happy with the sweet feed then that is your choice. But even if you were to change her feed now after the colic all you would have to do is introduce it slowly as you would with any feed. New feed will only cause tummy probs if it isnt done properly.

Sweet feed may not cause many problems that you are noticing now but from what I've heard from various sources it can cause long terms probs. I don't know how true this is but its what I've been told.

Good luck with whatever you choose :)

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post #18 of 18 Old 11-29-2008, 03:37 PM
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What about the complete feed pellets? Most people at my barn--all on free-choice hay and water-- just give a handful of sweet feed to put their supplements in... Pellets seem like a nice compromise.
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