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post #1 of 6 Old 04-30-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Triple Crown feed. Calcium?

Hey guys,

So i'm looking for some advice on the Triple Crown feed. I have heard alot of good things about it, and was considering switching my 9 year old gelding to it. He is currently on Phase 5, which is a high fat high fiber food (mostly aimed towards elderly horses)... and he doesn't need high fat (though he's at a good weight now). He was only on it as it was easier to mask medication in when he was sick. Now he's 100% healthy and i'm looking for a switch. My vet suggested not to put him back on sweet feed, which I didn't really want him back on anyways so that's okay.

My friend/ fellow boarder switched her 9 year old gelding to Triple Crown Complete Formula and we have both been noticing good results in him. He's even less grumpy!!! By ALOT since switching to it a month ago!

Now the thing is my vet STRONGLY suggested avoiding things with high calcium in it to try and avoid calcium build up in the bladder (he was sick for 3 months with two tears in his urethra we were struggling to clear up without surgery. Luckily we managed to! And though we don't know the for sure cause we want to try and avoid stones so it doesn't happen again!)

Now i'm not a horse feed expert by any means, and could really use some help!! On the site it says Calcium min is 0.75% and Calcium max is 1.25%.... is that average? Low? High?

Here's the sight if it helps!!:)

Any advice is appreciated!!

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any one? I could use some advice here

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Unless you're feeding alfalfa only, you shouldn't have any problem with too much calcium. Make sure you have at least as much phosphorus as calcium, the ideal ratio being 1.5:1 ca:Ph

A young horse absorbs about 75%, the older the horse gets, the less is being absorbed, about half for an adult horse.
Most commercial feeds are balanced properly, so nothing to worry about
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Now the thing is my vet STRONGLY suggested avoiding things with high calcium in it to try and avoid calcium build up in the bladder (he was sick for 3 months with two tears in his urethra we were struggling to clear up without surgery. Luckily we managed to! And though we don't know the for sure cause we want to try and avoid stones so it doesn't happen again!)
I would look into your water source being the cause of high Ca and other minerals that could be contributing to the problem. I'll assume you've pulled blood and checked his Ca levels. What about Mg? How high are they? I would suggest running this by your vet. Add a few pounds of straight oats to his diet. Because there is a symbiotic relationship with Ca and P, the oats being high in P might decrease his blood Ca levels. Try it for a week and pull a new blood sample.

While a complete feed is going to be relatively low and properly balanced in Ca, it still is going to add Ca to the diet as it's alfalfa or beet pulp based which both have relatively high Ca content. Ration balancers are going to have the same issues as they have added Ca. The more I type, the more I think you should add oats.
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Firstly I'd ask why you feel the need to feed him any hard feed(short of a 'ration balancer') if he's at a good weight? Good quality grass hay may be all he needs.

Yes, Ca needs to be balanced with other nutrients, particularly phosphorus & mg. The more research I do the more I'm inclined to think low Ca diets are best and that Ca:Mg ratio should be something close to 1:1 (conventionally accepted 2:1 but recent studies suggest...)
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I feed Triple Crown Supplement 30 and really like it.
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