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        04-05-2012, 11:06 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Alright so this is what I have done so far. I have Purina Senior, Rice Bran, Alfalfa cubes, I purchased some sweet feed (oats, corn, molasses), and am going to purchase some beet pulp this weekend. Now I don't want to overload her with these "supplements" as I especially don't want to have to keep her on them for the rest of her life just to keep weight on. Any suggestions on rotating how I feed or about how much would be appropriate without being too much or not enough??
         
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        04-05-2012, 11:49 AM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by APHAforlife    
    Alright so this is what I have done so far. I have Purina Senior, Rice Bran, Alfalfa cubes, I purchased some sweet feed (oats, corn, molasses), and am going to purchase some beet pulp this weekend. Now I don't want to overload her with these "supplements" as I especially don't want to have to keep her on them for the rest of her life just to keep weight on. Any suggestions on rotating how I feed or about how much would be appropriate without being too much or not enough??
    For what it is worth, when I want to get weight on a horse, I weigh every ounce of feed for a long while to get a good idea of what exactly I am feeding and of what, and keep a record. What would be appropriate depends on her weight. I am home all day, so I can feed 4-6 times a day (3-4 for a normal routine).
    Obviousely, the alfalfa should be the bulk of your percentage by weight. I would be shooting for something close to 2% (total of all "ingredients) if she needs weight. For a 1000 lb horse, I would make the alfalfa part at least 12 lbs of the 20 I planned on "getting up to" for daily feeding. I would do a routine w the "other than alfalfa" that you have, like - senior in the am, beet pulp at noon, sweet feed in the pm. All spread out in equal time increments as far as you can spread it evenly from first to last feeding.
    You should figure out how much by weight and of what you are currently feeding her so you don't just "shoot up" all in one day and you have some baseline.
    If you have never fed her beet pulp before, start with no more than a cup (dry), soak it as directed (pellets take longer, I prefer shredded) and build up slowly to whatever amount you plan on feeding her - just as a precaution.
    Watch her weight closely...you don't want the "opposite extreme" of a problem.
         
        04-05-2012, 12:34 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I have a filly that didnt have the best past and is underweight. Well I have the same sweet feed that I mix all my rice bran and vitamins with (as well as sand clear) and my horse all of the sudden got colic-y and started tying up which was scary... and basically came down to her sweet feed. Needless to say I quit feeding it and havent had a problem so far but just thought id share my story just incase. I know all horses are different, just becareful is the moral of the story :)

    Im going to be picking up some cool calories probably and try that out since I've heard nothing but good and cool calories is reallly high in fat. I've also heard really good things about Empower boost and am curious to know which is better...? (sry to steal thread, just in same situation and just curious)

    :)
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        04-05-2012, 12:55 PM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MissKriss    
    I have a filly that didnt have the best past and is underweight. Well I have the same sweet feed that I mix all my rice bran and vitamins with (as well as sand clear) and my horse all of the sudden got colic-y and started tying up which was scary... and basically came down to her sweet feed. Needless to say I quit feeding it and havent had a problem so far but just thought id share my story just incase. I know all horses are different, just becareful is the moral of the story :)

    Im going to be picking up some cool calories probably and try that out since I've heard nothing but good and cool calories is reallly high in fat. I've also heard really good things about Empower boost and am curious to know which is better...? (sry to steal thread, just in same situation and just curious)

    :)
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    Personally, and this is just me...so, for whatever that is worth: with some exceptions, I will not buy the "latest thing" in feed. A good solid diet cannot be beat, it ordinarily is cheaper - or, at least, it is no more expensive. Calf manna has been around since the beginning of time and has stood the test of time and purina senior cannot be beat for "all around nutrition". Other than those two, I go for the "raw ingredients" (e.g., alfalfa, grass, oats, corn, flax or corn oil, barley, etc., etc.,). First of all, minerals in "wonder feeds" may be there in the percentages on the label, but are they digestable? Purina tests the digestability of the minerals they add - extensively, but they are not required to by law to do so.
         

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