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        06-29-2012, 08:16 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Unmolassesed feed??

    I've been looking everywhere for an unmolassesed, low starch pelleted feed for Alli because she needs a little variation in her diet to entice her to eat sometimes, and I would like to feed a pellet with her alfalfa. However, no one sells pellets without either a high sugar or starch content!! Feeds high in sugar and starch set Alli's stomach ulcers off again, not good She also needs a little more than just alfalfa in winter to help maintain body weight.

    So anyone know a company (or feed type) whos feeds contain very little molasses and are low starch? I live in the UK so UK suppliers would be ideal

    Currently she is getting a small amount of alfalfa and garlic (& nettle and liquorice essence for her ulcers), but come winter she gets up to 2.5kg alfalfa and last winter she used to have 500g sweet mix, but this caused the ulcers to flare. I need to get something figured out for this winter as I'm sure summer will fly by this year and autumn will be upon me before I know it!!

    So yeah, low sugar and starch feed needed! Preferably pelleted, or something which forms a pulp
         
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        06-29-2012, 08:25 AM
      #2
    Showing
    Had a recommendation but I don't think they are in the UK. I switched my whole gang this year and am extremely pleased with the results. I feed a balancer from Progressive Nutrition that is less than 6% starch, no corn or cereal grains. Basically all of the good stuff without the junk and filler. I'd bet there is something similar on the market there.
         
        06-29-2012, 08:26 AM
      #3
    Trained
    Try whole barley, oats, or lupins.
    The barley you just need to boil, or get it steam rolled or crushed.
    Lupins you can do crushed or cracked, or whole if you soak them for a long time. I feed my boys soaked cracked lupins, and it has done them wonders. Incredibly cheap way to feed and the horses love it.
    Oats can be fed whole as well.

    I have had great success in feeding Speedibeet, soaked cracked lupins, steam rolled barley and sunflower seeds.
         
        06-29-2012, 08:31 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    Cheers MHFQuarters! I'm having a nose at their website- can I ask which balancer is it and, if you don't mind me asking, how much do they cost per bag? Anything in the UK with 'balancer' in the title costs the best part of 40 for a months supply...!
         
        06-29-2012, 08:35 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Oats are the only thing that can heal hind gut ulcers that even medications can't touch.
         
        06-29-2012, 08:42 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    Kayty and Saddlebag, I thought oats, being high in starch and sugar (around 40%?!) would cause the ulcers to flare up as the stomach isn't designed to digest nonstructural carbohydrates?? I've done a tonne of research into ulcers but perhaps I have overlooked simple oats haha
         
        06-29-2012, 08:50 AM
      #7
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by OwnedByAlli    
    Cheers MHFQuarters! I'm having a nose at their website- can I ask which balancer is it and, if you don't mind me asking, how much do they cost per bag? Anything in the UK with 'balancer' in the title costs the best part of 40 for a months supply...!
    I have most on the grass formula, my yearling is on the alfalfa formula. There is a bit of sticker shock, it runs $32.80 for a 50 lb bag BUT in the end it is a much cheaper way to feed than the traditional hard feed I used to feed (Strategy for most, Ultium Growth for the youngsters) For example, my yearling with the Ultium was getting 9 lbs per day, with the balancer he gets 1 lb a day.

    It's worth looking into, a balancer is pretty much all the good stuff they need without the junk in a concentrated pellet. They require much, much less of it to get what they need.
         

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