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        12-30-2012, 11:15 AM
    Its hard to beat Alfalfa as part of the forage for a stunted youngster or a poor adult IMO unless said youngster has issues with OCD or such. Good grass hay all they can eat and some quality alfalfa or alfalfa mix hay can go a very long way when balanced with a good supplement mix to fill regional gaps in overall nutrition.

    I love Triple Crowns 30% supplement over any actual feed I have ever used. Even for youngsters. For my area, It seems to be the perfect balance to our grass hay. Its very low starch and most horses seem to thrive on it.

    If I need more calories than what they can eat in a days worth of good grass hay and the RB, I add Alfalfa hay pellets or cubes in 5 lb increments typically , rice bran, cool calories and/or Triple Crown Sr feed with the RB (percentaged out to keep it balanced lb for lb) depending on the situation.

    I try to only feed forage and a RB as my base diet and some extra fat in the form of rice bran pellets or cool calories if possible for needed calories. If that fails, I up the forage quantity/quality, and if that still isn't enough, Ill change the feed to something like TC Sr. That protocol has never failed in all ages and breeds of horses. If it still doesn't work, im looking for things like ulcers and hind gut acidosis or problems with deworming/encysted strongyles, tapes, resistant bugs etc.
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        12-30-2012, 11:20 AM
    I would get TC but it's not in any stores around here.
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        12-30-2012, 12:24 PM
    Sometimes feed stores will order it for you if you get like 5 orso
    Bags. Iv used triple crown its great feed.
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        12-30-2012, 12:32 PM
    I bought one in poor shape and initially gave it only grass hay for the first few weeks. Their system needs to adjust slowly. He had been on poor quality hay with little food value so just changing it to good hay was a big change for his system. I introduced oats, half a cup once daily for a week then twice daily and then doubled that for another week. By the month's end he could handle half a gallon twice daily. He was dewormed then again in 30 days. At 6 weeks he was looking much better. 8 weeks after he arrived he was flying around here. He was finally strong enough to go and boy did he go, he was loving it.
        12-30-2012, 12:59 PM
    There has been a lot of good advice, but the long and short of it is that she wasn't getting food and now she is. Rather than getting too caught up in percentages of this that or the other, just know that she will be getting better, but that it will also likely take a few weeks before you really *notice* the difference. Take a picture of her every week- some times that will show you the changes you'd miss seeing everyday.

    All the hay she can eat, maybe alfalfa if you have it, and then some balanced grain of whichever brand you prefer will have her going the right way.

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