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        10-31-2008, 02:07 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Yeah im really leaning more toward the idea of a multivitamin. I think its more important for over the winter toj ust keep him well balanced and healthy. His diet is good right now. But I really like the idea of a multivitamin
         
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        10-31-2008, 09:16 PM
      #12
    Started
    A ratioin balancer actually is a multi vitamin mineral type on steriods LOL
         
        11-01-2008, 12:38 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I would ix-nay the grain. It's harder for horses to gain weight and build muscle when being fed lots of starch and sugar.

    I would instead go with lots and LOTS of grass hay or mixed grass hay. Weigh it and feed at least 2% of his body weight in hay a day, preferably more.

    For his "grain" go with either a ration balancer (see Peggy's ration balancer thread) or a vitamin supplement designed for horses on no fortified grain. Uckele's or SmartPak's have been the best I have tried, in that order. My feed store only carries Purina's ration balancer, which I don't care to feed.

    Add to either of the RB or the supplement 3-5 lbs of Alfalfa pellets or chopped pre-bloom alfalfa hay (the hay will mix better with the supplements, add some wated to the pellets if your horse sifts out the supplement). This will help build muscle and add calories for weight. Alfalfa is a forrage, and fed at the rate of 3-5 lbs a day, it will not mess up the balance of his feed.

    Add 1-4 cups of whole flax or up to double the recommended amount of Nutra-Flax. Ask you feed store about whole brown flax, usually sold in 50 lbs bags. Flax is high in fat for weight and high in Omega 3's for skin, coat, and hooves. It's a simple additive that won't mess up the balance of his feed. I have found flax to work better for skin, coat, and weight than corn or soybean oil.

    This type of diet helped my hard keeper put on weight and keep it on, with a LOT less food than before. We no longer have to feed the flax at all, and the alfalfa has been reduced to just 1.5 lbs daily. He has a nice shine to his wither coat with the Uckele supplement. He is also calmer on this diet and has a better work ethic.
         
        11-01-2008, 12:19 PM
      #14
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    "Add 1-4 cups of whole flax or up to double the recommended amount of Nutra-Flax. "

    Did you mean 1 to 4 cups or 1/4 cup here?

    "Ask you feed store about whole brown flax, usually sold in 50 lbs bags. "

    Did you have to grind this flax?
         
        11-01-2008, 04:10 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Appyt    
    "Add 1-4 cups of whole flax or up to double the recommended amount of Nutra-Flax. "

    Did you mean 1 to 4 cups or 1/4 cup here?
    1 to 4 cups. Start out with 1 cup and increase after 14 days if there is no weight gain.

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    "Ask you feed store about whole brown flax, usually sold in 50 lbs bags. "

    Did you have to grind this flax?
    No. The Flax grown in the USA does not have to be ground or soaked for consumption by horses. It is low in the toxin found in flax grown in Europe and Australia. Unless you're feeding 5lbs or more a day, there's not enough of it in there to adversely effect a full size horse.
         
        11-01-2008, 04:57 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Clipped in Feb? are you not riding much this winter?
         
        11-01-2008, 05:38 PM
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    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    1 to 4 cups. Start out with 1 cup and increase after 14 days if there is no weight gain.

    No. The Flax grown in the USA does not have to be ground or soaked for consumption by horses. It is low in the toxin found in flax grown in Europe and Australia. Unless you're feeding 5lbs or more a day, there's not enough of it in there to adversely effect a full size horse.
    Thank you for that info.. I have a 29 yr old blind appy who would probably benefit from some flaxseed. I have only hesitated due to the grinding of fresh or the $ of processed. :) Wanna bet my feed store doesn't carry it. Sigh
         
        11-01-2008, 10:42 PM
      #18
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by moomoo    
    Clipped in Feb? are you not riding much this winter?
    Ill be riding all through the winter. BUt id like his natural hair there to keep him warm .He'll have a cooler tho. And of course his full turn out rug

    I'll see about the flax...it sounds like a good idea..ill see whats available around here. And i'll be going to the smartpak website b/c I've heard good things about their products
         
        11-02-2008, 12:16 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    You could just get a little clip, I wouldn't want him loosing to much condition from sweating that's all :)
         
        11-02-2008, 08:53 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I though tof that...but wasnt sure about it. I need to buy my own clippers before I can even think about it yet HAHA
         

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