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    02-18-2013, 01:09 PM
Green Broke
He will have free choice hay when the grass is grazed down probably in mid summer. Right now though while its cold he will have a round bale. But he will be wearing a muzzle during spring-summer. The grass doesn't grow much anyway where he'll be kept becuse it's about 4 horses on 2-3 acres.
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    02-18-2013, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
I would either buy a vit/min supplement thru a catalogue and sprinkle it over timothy pellets or, if you can get McCauley's try their M-10 balancer.

It is oat/corn/soy free and only takes one pound per day.

McCauley'sŪ M10 Balancer

I started feeding the M-10 to one insulin resistant horse and my horse with serious oat/corn/soy intolerance.

It's only been a few months but so far, things seem to be going well. My food allergy horse is very calm and not looking for trouble all the time, so I know it's working for him.

The IR guy is eating the M-10 because his insulin spikes just breathing, every day, but he needs his vitamins/minerals from a safe source.
    02-18-2013, 02:44 PM
Green Broke
I've been using SmartVite Ez Keeper Grass, and I'm really liking it. I feed it along with a small amount of grain and 24/7 pasture. You don't have to feed it with grain, however. I just do because I feed other supplements that can't be eaten alone. ;) It costs around 20 bucks a month.
    02-18-2013, 05:13 PM
Green Broke
Would it be a total overkill to feed 2 pounds a day with a pound of flax seed? And slowly reduce if still getting too fat?? I just worry about loosing too much weight if he's only getting a pound per day.

It's so hard to tell sometimes if they're loosing weight when you see them everyday. :(
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    02-18-2013, 05:23 PM
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I also have an air fern. Currently he is on the Nutrena Balancer for grass hay/forage and he gets less than 1 pound a day.
More like 6 oz in the AM with his hoof supp. And a tablespoon of whole flaxseed.
Pm feed is about 4 or 5 oz with no supps.
Very average hay and forage when there is some and he is sleek (well soft and fuzzy right now) and rolly polly.
(He's in my barn here- Name's Digby and he has put on weight since I bought him and brought him home from KY.)

I've also used the Buckeye Grow N Win RB and liked it. Slightly cheaper than the Nutrina RB, but my supplier was having ussues.
Anyway, one bag of horse "feed" lasts me two months at a time and all told I think it costs me maybe 0.75 cents a day to feed him, not including hay.

I do have out a mineral block and I did run all the data through FeedXL to make sure I wasn't missing something and he scored nearly perfect.
For air ferns, RBs are the way to go.
    02-18-2013, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
When I got him he definitely needed weight, which he gained but the vet suggest I put him on the nutrena RB because he was '100 pounds overweight' according to her. But she didnt even feel for his ribs or anything. Plus, being he's a Wooly mammoth his coat makes him look morbidly obese. But when she came out I was able to feel his ribs or issues. Now he's gaining alittle more weight and I hve to press to feel them. Currently the 3 pounds of safechoice is too much. He definitely doesn't need to loose 100# though. But maybe a few. I just get so paranoid about him loosing weight which is why im not sure to work up to only a pound a day or two pounds. He's on a pound of flax because he needed weight but I wasnt going to lower the flax amount just yet until I get the RB all squared away.
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    02-18-2013, 11:09 PM
Do you know about how much your horse weighs?

I'm with deserthorsewoman on this. Don't feed what the bag tells you. I use Nutrena's Ration Balancer myself and so far really like it. Both our horses are on it and get 1lb of it a day with 1lb of timothy pellets and 24/7 grass hay.

Going this route has saved us a good chunk of money because I was feeding SOOO much more of the Strategy they were on.
    02-19-2013, 06:58 AM
Green Broke
He weighs 1200 pounds.
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    02-19-2013, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
Poulin's EquiPro MVP is a couple dollars cheaper. Doesn't have as much protein. Feed rates are about the same.

The ration balancers do work out to being much cheaper because you feed so much less.

If your horse is gaining too much weight why not cut back on the expensive fat supplement rather than cutting out the thing that gives him a broader range of nutrition?
    02-19-2013, 02:08 PM
Green Broke
You mean cutting back the flax?

The vet recommended I change his grain as he has te possibility of foundering due to a slight rotation in one of his hooves. Nothin major but I don't want him to founder and get too fat. I'm just not sure how he'll do on the RB. Vet said keep him on flax but take him off the grain and change to a RB. Once I'm done switching him to the RB I will cut back the flax. He only gets in during winter because it has omega 3s.
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