Originally Posted by Kayella
The Enrich 32, I follow the amount that is told to feed on the bag. I did sign up for FeedXL and checked everything out. While some levels are higher than they should be, they are not at a "dangerous" level. I added the pound of alfalfa pellets while he was on the dex as it can deplete calcium levels.
If there is something out there healthier for him, I would more than gladly switch him over. I was feeding SafeChoice but was told that was not a good feed for youngins. So I was told to try the RB. The only negative thing I've noticed is he's a pig and wolfs down the tiny pellets, choking on them
... Everything that I'm feeding/applying has been approved by my vet and farrier.
I always opt for low NSC, high fibre forage type feeds where possible, though with a very low dose 'ration balancer' such as KER for eg, as they only get in the realm of 80g daily, it doesn't matter so much. I don't personally like Purina & others who use 'product'(ie whatever they like that is the cheapest, usually by-products, rather than good & fixed ingredients). Also considering the endemic numbers of insulin resistant & obese horses, I tend to avoid products with molasses. They're the things I don't like about that particular product, but as with everything, it can depend & is also an opinion
Recommended amounts from manufacturers are typically higher than what is actually needed. That's great that you've been aware of & careful about balancing nutrients. Like I said, it *may* not be right, but if it's been carefully considered, nutrition-wise, it could well be perfect!
I think it's important not to oversupply protein & also what sort of protein you're giving, and also calcium is another one that can be problematic, because it is tied up with Phosphorus, Magnesium & so much else. Current research also suggests that commonly accepted ratios of Ca/Mg may leave Mg sorely lacking, particularly in situations of stress, among other things. That's bodily, metabolic, mental stress, for eg.
Overall, his PA was around -3 degrees on all feet. .... I also remember the term "bull nose" or something
Hmm, yes, vital that you're onto that. Yes, the dorsal wall appearing 'bullnosed' - that is, bulging - is one sign of possible/likely neg. PA. But that's obviously been confirmed with the rads anyway. Using padding to provide support at the back of the foot - under the frog - without putting heel walls under pressure - eg frog support wedges, can be very helpful, especially if thin soles mean there's nowhere else to go.