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        12-06-2008, 08:19 AM
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    

    Edit: I just saw your edit (lol). Being turned out in a dirt lot so that he has no reason to move around it is the same thing as a standing in a stall. If he is out on pasture and is always moving to forage, then it is not stocking up.
    county, he is turned out but most likely just stands there since he has no grass to munch on after the hay is gone. To him it's just a big stall.
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        12-06-2008, 08:47 AM
    Stocking up is associated with stall confinement, lack of exercise and overfeeding, specifically grain

    What is his COMPLETE diet?? I thnk we have went over it before but cant' remember
        12-06-2008, 09:42 AM
    Hay, grass, hay hay hay hay, and tiny handfuls of grain normally twice a week (if even's when I go up to see him, but if the goat is out and not locked up, Sonny doesn't get grain because the goat steals the grain). He hardly gets any grain at all...just enough to make him happy to be in a stall while I groom. He's not a stall happy horse so the small ammount of grain turns it into a "happy place" of sorts

    Country: He is outside 24/7 in a 2.5 acre pasture. The hay is put on the lower end of the field way on the far side....then the water is up by the gate which is almost to the opposite side of where the hay is. He does have to walk a ways to get water
        12-06-2008, 10:08 AM
    He is most likely lacking in some minerals as well as the amino acids... contrary to what people think our hays and pastures DO NOT provide all the horse needs.....

    Can you get him a vitamin/mineral supplement and get it to him daily??
        12-06-2008, 10:14 AM
    There is a HUGE mineral block in the pasture.
    The BO tests the hay during winter and I believe they started now...and they supplement also.

    I do know that the hay is high quality hay..far better than any hay that I've seen any stables around here feed. They grow their own hay on the property and store ir correctly (unlike the last stables that I boarded at hehe)

    Peggy, what supplement would you recommend then? I need something that I won't have to mix with grain because I don't want him to be on grain every day. I'm not a fan of grain.
        12-06-2008, 10:19 AM
    Oh also wanted to mention that the BO gives a Nutrient Tub in the winter
        12-06-2008, 10:34 AM
    The cheapest and easiet route IMO is a ration balancer... average is about 50 cents a day and most of them have GOOD levels of the amino acids which help with muscle developement and repair ...

    Pictures would help...
        12-06-2008, 10:39 AM
    Pictures of the stocking up?

    For the ration that a powder? Paste? Pelleted?
        12-06-2008, 10:47 AM
    A ration balancer is a pellet and normally has a alfalfa meal or soybean meal base... that is ALL mine get and I have NEVER had one refuse it ... even horses who have never been feed fed before...

    Here is pic of two different ones
        12-06-2008, 10:48 AM
    1lb is roughly 2 3/4 measuring cups takes about ten minutes for my gang to eat it .... zero whole grains in it ...most do contain a distillers dried grain of some type but it has the sugars and starches cooked out of it ... NSC is around 16% to 20% in most of them

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