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post #1 of 9 Old 05-22-2008, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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took your advice

I took Ryle's advice and started looking for a more complete diet that benefits Willy's alfalfa grass (mostly grass) diet. Instead of the soaked beet pulp with stabilized rice bran mixture (that hasn't been rationed correctly), I'm looking into LMF Prime Time feed (Grass). It is a beetpulp/ricebran diet that contains trace vitamins and minerals for the older, moderately worked horse, that tends to be a hard keeper. A plus is that it doesn't have to be soaked overnight which may be hard to accomplish at his new barn.

Has anyone had any experience with this brand of food?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Oh well! :)

I did get some positive feedback on the LMF feed line from some other sources...I chose to go with the "Showtime" line because it seems more complete (and no corn, ew)..."Primetime" was more for senior horses that have trouble chewing, and WIlly is in tip top shape, and not too old yet .

I'll give this another shot, and ask something else... :) So, in switching the feed, I'm told I can start Willy straight on the new stuff, just in small rations, and slowly increase over 10 days. He gets a soaked beet pulp mixture now, and I feel like slowly increasing the new stuff, and slowly decreasing the soaked beet pulp will be pointless...

Any advice on switching?
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-28-2008, 04:23 AM
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Any time I have switched feed I do it over a week to 10 days. Just adding a little of the new each feeding until its all new. I'm not very scientific about it just add one handful then 2 handfulls and so on

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-28-2008, 04:25 AM
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Wow. my horse is gonna live of moalasses when I buy one. JUST KIDDING! But boy oh boy wouldn't it love it lol.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-29-2008, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Vida, at first I was thinking of going about the switch that way...I guess there's different ways of doing it, I'm just so paranoid of causing an upset tummy! I've heard "less is best", so I'm planning on decreasing his normal feed slowly, and then when he's at a couple bites, adding the new feed slowly until he's totally on the new stuff. Thinking it'll take me about 10 days-two weeks.

I switch my dogs' food no problem; a day of the runs, who cares! But, with Willy I guess I can't be careful enough....
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-29-2008, 06:43 AM
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If the feed you are changing from is a fiber(beet pulp, hay etc) then you should not have a problem switching over as you were instructed. If you are talking "hard feed" grain etc then yes, you want to decrease the old as you add the new.. Unless you feed so little that it's not an issue. So, your new feed is basically the same "base" (ie hay, beet pulp, rice bran) these are not grains.. If you have some of the old, then I would probably use it up while switching just to use it up. If you are low on it don't go buy more.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-29-2008, 09:11 AM
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i agree appyt!

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-29-2008, 10:14 AM
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Yep, fiber based foods aren't sucha big deal to switch--it's the high energy, grain based feeds that can cause the most trouble when not switched slowly.

(And just FYI, switching your dog's food quick can cause alot more than a day of the runs. Dogs can develop pancreatitis from sudden changes in diet. We often see it and term it "garbage gut" because usually it happens after a dog gets into the trash can or steals food off of your plate. ;) )

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-29-2008, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Good to know, thanks Ryle!
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