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    02-09-2012, 10:19 AM
I would stay away from sweet feed.... if you like the Equine Jr, have you thought about adding some beet pulp to his feed...or rice bran? And if you're not giving him the amount that it says to give him on the bag then he's not getting the PROPER nutrition that he needs....

I personally would switch him over to an RB - after the stuff that I went through with my horses I like what my RB has done for my horses.... and I push them... you could switch him to an RB, feed him beet pulp and/or rice bran....
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    02-09-2012, 10:24 AM

Not real sure where my original post went...

If the Equine Jr is working then keep him on the EJ - but stay away from the sweet feeds...too high in sugars and starches... you really need to feed what it says on the bag if you aren't then your horses isn't getting the nutrition that he needs... you can also consider adding soaked beet pulp and/or rice bran...

I would switch him over to a RB it will give him all the vit/min that he would need...and you can still add the beet pulp and the rice bran....
    02-10-2012, 01:20 AM
Didnt mean to come off as rude or anything..
Oh I didn't think that at all.. its just that different places feed different things.. our horses up here need extra fat and higher energy feeds since they burn lots of calories keep body temps up.. Your in NC , so being warmer ..your horse might not had been burning the "fire" off fast enough... Our horses don't get enough out of the plain old Jr. Or Senior feeds.

I have found just plain old Amplify by Purina works great mixed with just about any feed to give them the extra fat they need when getting weight back up..Its 30% fat content makes them gain fast.. She could add it to her regular feed she is feeding now and get faster results..

    02-10-2012, 01:32 AM
My horse was a bit thin when I got him. I've got him on plain old 14% creep pellets and he's fat happy and has a lot more muscle now. I have recently started him on platinum supplements and I wasn't comfortable giving the normal dose of 66 oz so I've been giving 1 oz a day and its really putting the muscle and energy on.
    02-10-2012, 05:11 AM
I would stay away from anything textured right now, anything with malasses with only cause teeth issues down the road.
You can continue feeding what you are now but I really recommend Safe Choice, I swear by the stuff! I have feed it to fat and skinny, young and old, gotten the outcomes I wanted.
Feeding 1 scoop twice a day should do the trick, along with the hay of course. It also would not hurt to bump him up on the amount of hay, I would change to something like coastal and give a bail a day. Its horse nature to constantly graze, so getting a slow feeder hay net and bumping up the amount of hay would also help.

The Junior feed by purina is almost the same feed as the safe choice by nutrena, only difference is safe choice is higher in crude fat.

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    02-10-2012, 11:10 AM
He is not getting sweet feed, I will never give a horse sweet feed unless they need it to wean in the real feed if they refuse to eat it. Also what is RB? And he gets alfalfa/grass hay 3 times a day, the EJ once a day. I don't know how much to give him because the bag only has the amounts for a horse that is not getting hay. I have been slowly working him into the EJ so he does not colic. He got 2 pounds yesterday, is that too much? Too little? He is already filling out more. And he is doing 5 min of trotting on the lunge both directions to help build muscle and lots of walk/bonding time just because I enjoy his company. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated
    02-10-2012, 11:44 AM
He does not look underweight to me.......he may be lean but he does not appear to be thin..........his bum looks nice and round from the back......he appears to be pretty close to ideal for his age.

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    02-10-2012, 03:11 PM
If your going to stick with Jr then I would feed two to two and a half scoops once a day.
I would recommend splittng it up to being feed twice daily, one and a half scoop each time.

I also do not think he looks too thin but I think the fluffy hair is adding to his weight appearance, you need fat to build mussel. You also need a stronger top line to support any additional weight....so I would work on that more then anything, but do not work him too much he is still young let him be a baby for a little longer.
    02-10-2012, 03:18 PM
Okay thanks. His fluffy hair was adding weight to his appearance, but he is looking much better. I will post update pics in a minute. He doesn't get worked too hard yet, just trotting for 5 min each way then a short walking or backing excercise to help build a little muscle
    02-10-2012, 03:20 PM
Well that's good, please keep us posted :)

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