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    02-22-2009, 04:46 PM
Itryn to keep it simple. If you arelooking to bump up amino acids aka proteins find a good ration balancer or postyour zipand I can TRY to help you ;)
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    02-22-2009, 04:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Lori1983    
Luvs2ride, he looks great. (LoL, and what's this? A thoroughbred-Arab that is docile enough for a child to manage? I thought this was simply impossible...J/K ;) Yeah, I agree, gaited horses always have that look, especially TWH's and Saddlebreds. A horse that can go and go for hours at that pace just isn't going to have the look of say, a quarter horse. I think I'm going to go with alfalfa, then feed about 25-30 lbs. Of timothy (way more abundant here than bermuda). Since the flax seed is in such a small amount, I would like to try that as well. What would you say the main benefits of the flax seed are? I have read a few articles that say it can (rarely) be dangerous. Any ideas on that?

Also, could somebody clarify the benefits/cons of alfalfa pellets to alfalfa hay? Obviously the pellets are going to be more condensed...can this be dangerous (as in, lead to colic or foundering)?

He is a sweetie on the ground, just don't try and ride him, lol.

The flax gives Omega 3 fatty acids, which are deficient in hay, and provide good fat for slim or growing horses. I get Nutra Flax from Nutrition Supplements--Equine Nutrition on the Net It's a high quality flax that has a balanced CA:P ratio. Omega Horseshine is another that's made for horses that's good. You can feed 1 cup of either product a day.

Flax grown in the USA or Canada is fine. Linseed (almost the same as flax) grown in the UK or Australia can be poisonous if fed in large amounts in the whole form (from what I have red anyway), but the same does not seem to be true of the Flax grown in North America. The last stable I boarded at regularly fed whole brown flax, 1-2 cups a day, to horses needing weight. They all did fine on it.

You can buy plain flax from most feed stores in 50 lb bags. If finances are tight, you might find out the cost and compare that to the milled/ground flax from horsetech or the Omega product, and see if you can shave off some cost. I'm not sure how much whole flax weighs, but you basically want to feed 4-8 oz by weight a day of whole flax. So a 50 lb bag would last you 100-200 days, depending on how much you feed. You need to keep it in an airtight containter, with a towel thrown in next to the bag to absorb any moisture that gets in the container. The whole flax can go bad if you have humid or rainy weather.

Alfalfa pellets are just what I can get, and they're easy to work with. You can mix your flax and vitamins with them easily, just add some water to make it all stick. A 2qt feed scoop of most pellets holds about 2.5 to 3 lbs. I like using them so I can feed the vitamin supplement I like (I can't get a good ration balancer around here) and the flax.
    02-23-2009, 10:34 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the helpful replies! I really appreciate it. (Annie does, too :)

I'm not sure if I should post a new thread for this, but since it's in the same topic area, I hope it's ok...

This spring when the new, rich grass comes do I transition Annie into that? She's on ample acreage for the 3 horses (at least, I think she is according to the rules I've's good quality grazing, 10 acres). My mom suggested keeping her on timothy, as it will fill her up so she won't eat as much "new grass," then slowly lowering the amounts of timothy. Any ideas? (In case you guys haven't noticed, I'm "founder-paranoid," as I had a miniature horse that once foundered on spring grass. She wasn't ridden, obviously, but it absolutely tore me up to see her in that much pain while she recovered).

    02-24-2009, 12:01 AM
Lori I have your PM but I am off to bed tonight I will search tomorrow for you. I am hoping you are close enough for us to have a meet up too!! Hoosier Horse fair??
    02-24-2009, 08:41 AM
Green Broke
If she's on the pasture as it comes up, she should be fine. If it springs up quickly, then your best bet would to buy a grazing muzzle and have that on her while she's out. Keep the muzzle on her for the first week or so.
    03-10-2009, 10:25 PM
LoL, is there ever a happy medium? The other day, the same person who told me my horse was too thin when I got her (only 2 months ago!) said, "She's starting to get fat." Argh!! But I think she's finally looking somewhat normal, so I don't mind, I just laughed it off. Anyways, just wanted to share.
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    03-10-2009, 11:18 PM
She is looking GREAT job well done

How hard do you have to push to feel rib??
    03-10-2009, 11:27 PM
A firm push, now. Before, not so hard...well, barely a push. So definitely a difference there, just in a few weeks. LoL, not too fat I hope? You know I have those "fat eyes," so I'm a horrible judge of weight until I step back one day (as in the case of the previously mentioned cats) and say, "Wow, they're extremely fat. Huh. Wonder how that happened." ;)
    03-11-2009, 05:25 AM
She doesn't look thin anymore but I think she could use some more muscle tone. That will come in time though. You are doing a great job with her. BTW. She has a long way to go to be too fat. I have too fat horses, just look at my barn. LOL. Keep up the good work. She's pretty.
    03-11-2009, 09:43 AM
She was probably fine before if it took slight pressure to feel her ribs:)

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