Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
• Horses: 0
Sweet feed is basically junk food, which sounds like it's showing up in your horses condition (hard keeper/sore/chipping hooves/poor coat). Sounds like they aren't getting the proper nutrition they need. If they are holding their weight ok (besides the one hard keeper), do you think they would be ok on a ration balancer plus alfalfa pellets? It will probably be much cheaper and you'll be able to make sure they are getting the nutrition they need, plus the choke prone horse won't have as much to choke on since you only feed a very small amount of ration balancer. You can feed a flax and or rice bran supplement and add oil for extra fat, and soaked beet pulp to the hard keeper. If you want to switch to an actual grain, look for something that is higher in fat and that you have to feed less of to make sure they get their full recommended nutritional value.
The ration balancer and rice bran are expensive by the bag, but you only feed 1/2-1 lb a day, so they last. Better than feeding 5-10lbs of a cheaper feed, plus you may find once you balance out your feed program, you will no longer need extra supplements which will be cheaper in the long run.
Last edited by Mstar; 01-08-2012 at 01:07 PM.