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        02-07-2009, 02:15 AM
    what would you feed a horse??

    That you want to put on weight and give a bit more energy to but not enough to blow his brains??
    But the other problem is that he ties up if he has to mmuch pretien so it has to fattening and have not much protein?!
    Were not able to give him more grass as the clover makes him tie up due to the protein, so were at a loose end. .
    We soon going to the horse of the year show in hastings (were in NZ) and he is going to be feed twice a day as he is penned . . . In his feed he gets the usual glucose, MSN, Equi guard + (for staggers) and when he is at the show he will be geting devils claw and relax most days to help him cope with the hard ground and the BIG show around him. .
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        02-07-2009, 09:36 AM
    Protien has NOTHING to do with tying up ... the extra sugars and starches cause that !!!

    Protien BUILDS muscles... if you have a tying up problem go with high fiber hiigh fat feed ... being in NZ I can't help you as much as normal sorry
        02-13-2009, 07:23 PM
    We have found that it is the protein though . .
    He has had heaps of sugars and starches with no problems but as soon as he gets a big dose of protein he tyes up we don't know though why he is ridden nearly evry day of the week , dressage two days trekking two days , showjumping one day and then the weekend and he competes most weekends in showjumping and most shows are two days shows if so he has monday off with a lead out off a another horse for about 20mins to stretch his muscles . .
    Sorry its taken me while to reaply been a bit busy! XD
        02-13-2009, 07:52 PM
    Chancesare if you look at the higher protien feed it also has a higher NSC level :)

    Go high fat/high fiber... if this horse were mine ... I would go with
    HYGAIN - Feeding Champions Since 1983

    Plus some speedi beet I think it is called there with free choice hay
        02-14-2009, 10:37 AM
    PeggySue is right, it's probably not really the protein.
    You would be smart to go ahead and have your horse tested for EPSM since you have determined that the tying up is related to diet.

    As for what to use for weight/energy, fat. You can simply add vegetable oil to the diet--up to 2 cups a day.

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