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        06-05-2013, 02:16 AM
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    She is slightly on the lean side. I'd give her the RB with a lb or two of soaked alfalfa pellets and wait if that would do the trick. Empower Boost is mainly ricebran, which adds calories, but is not really low in sugars(22% if I remember right).
         
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        06-05-2013, 02:29 AM
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    She is slightly on the lean side. I'd give her the RB with a lb or two of soaked alfalfa pellets and wait if that would do the trick. Empower Boost is mainly ricebran, which adds calories, but is not really low in sugars(22% if I remember right).
    Wow, I'll look into that! I was under the impression that it was low in sugar, not without, but low. We are seriously getting into our feeds, though its a pretty rough row to hoe, when ya gotta look at EVERYTHING then do the math, then figure out that ya can't get what ya really need or want.
    On a side note, she doesn't look as thin today. I think the switch may or may not have played part in the ribby look.
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        06-05-2013, 02:46 AM
      #33
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    Possible.
    I'd try the alfalfa pellets anyway. They'll give her good protein, which helps building muscle, give more calories than grass hay (900 vs 1100 calories), you can hide all kinds of stuff in it, gets water in her, make her eat slow and are low in sugar(11%).
    And she thinks she really gets a huge serving
    Start with a handful and work up to the full ration. They soak in 15 minutes with warm water, a couple of hours with cold water. As long as it's cool, you can soak morning for dinner, when it's hot out, it's better they soak only a short time, they ferment.
         
        06-08-2013, 06:13 PM
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    And today, actually, just taken.

    I think she's lookin pretty. But I see her daily, and always hope for the best.
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        06-08-2013, 06:57 PM
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    Looking good!! In fact, now I'd just stick with the RB, and add the alfalfa pellets only by the handful after hard work.
         
        06-08-2013, 07:03 PM
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    Looking good!! In fact, now I'd just stick with the RB, and add the alfalfa pellets only by the handful after hard work.
    Thank you, I thought she looked better, and she's been working hard.
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        06-08-2013, 07:18 PM
      #37
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    Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier...duh...
    Google " Henneke Body Conditioning Score" . There should be a downloadable version of the chart. Gives you a pretty exact way of checking body condition for control and when in doubt. If you do that monthly and write it down you'll keep control of the situation.
         
        06-09-2013, 11:01 PM
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    Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier...duh...
    Google " Henneke Body Conditioning Score" . There should be a downloadable version of the chart. Gives you a pretty exact way of checking body condition for control and when in doubt. If you do that monthly and write it down you'll keep control of the situation.
    I read the Wikipedia version of that. Thank ya
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        06-10-2013, 02:38 AM
      #39
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    My pleasure
    TheHorse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care | TheHorse.com has a downloadable version, I just remembered. You need to sign up, to search for it. It's free, and you can read all articles, watch videos and sign up for different newsletters. It's definitely no-no nonsense, very informative and keeps you up to date.
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        06-10-2013, 11:03 AM
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    The Horse also has a video on Body Condition Scoring that I found immensely helpful. It is one of my favorite horse related sites.
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