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        04-24-2013, 07:04 PM
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    Green Broke
    Adjusting rations for stall rest

    Yay, now that we have Cinny's feed PERFECT according to our vet, and his attitude, I have to change it again. Cinny is stall bound for the next 6 or so months with a suspensory ligament injury and I don't want him to get fat or stay wired.

    Here is what he currently gets, this is with working about 2 hours 3-4 days a week. According to the vet his is in optimal condition and perfect weight.

    AM 2 Flakes Prairie grass, 1/2 scoop Strategy Healthy Edge (it's not regular strategy), Smartpack with SmartBugOff (self explanatory), SmartGut Ultra (he has tummy issues), and SmartCalm (this helps as he tends to be low on magnesium which makes him go loopy).

    PM 2 Flakes Prairie grass, 1/2 scoop Strategy Healthy Edge

    My guess is to cut back his strategy even more to maybe 1/4 scoop, just enough to mix with his SmartPak and leave breakfast and dinner alone but then give him a flake or two for lunch since he has stomach issues.They don't feed lunch at my barn so I will have to go every day and do it myself.

    I can't think of any other way to change it up, if you guys can think of something better let me know..I'm here for any advice I can get.
         
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        04-24-2013, 11:25 PM
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    How intense are his workouts?
         
        04-24-2013, 11:35 PM
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    Green Broke
    I'd cut the Strategy back and add lunch or give him 4 flakes of hay in small hole haynets at breakfast so it will last. I'd add more hay at dinner as well and a haynet would also give him something to do.

    More hay, less grain.... keep him occupied and not going crazy.

    I've done stall rest multiple times with my guy and I also changed out buddies (someone stayed in with him each day) so he had someone new to make faces at and would often put him in someone else's stall during the day for a bit of change in scenery.
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        04-24-2013, 11:45 PM
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    Aforred- he is on injured. Stall rest.

    I would completely take out the strategy and feed a ration balancer. Cutting down just a little bit on the strategy will mean he is only getting half of his nutrients that he needs. I would also use a small mesh hay net.
         
        04-24-2013, 11:47 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    I'd cut the Strategy back and add lunch or give him 4 flakes of hay in small hole haynets at breakfast so it will last. I'd add more hay at dinner as well and a haynet would also give him something to do.

    More hay, less grain.... keep him occupied and not going crazy.

    I've done stall rest multiple times with my guy and I also changed out buddies (someone stayed in with him each day) so he had someone new to make faces at and would often put him in someone else's stall during the day for a bit of change in scenery.
    Sounds about like what I am planning. His Strategy is cut in half, which he wasn't getting a LOT anyway. He only gets a little bit at dinner so he doesn't throw a tanty because he didn't get grain...no tanty is safer than a little grain. At breakfast he only gets his smartpaks, which are pelleted. He will think he's getting his grain when he isn't, so no tanty.

    And just gave the BO money for all of the extra hay. So happy I only bought one bag of Healthy Edge today instead of the usual two. Now I can just put that many into the extra hay instead of having bags sitting around not being eaten lol. He has also been moved next to a horse who is also on stall rest so that now they can be bored together. This could either turn out to be a good thing, or a bad thing...we will wait and see LOL.
         
        04-24-2013, 11:51 PM
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    I am aware of that. And I tend to agree with you. But if his exercise WAS not high intensity, taking him off altogether might result in weight loss.

    I suppose you should just keep a close watch on his weight, with whichever path you take. Maybe take a picture once a week so you don't get fooled.
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        04-24-2013, 11:58 PM
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    I am aware of that. And I tend to agree with you. But if his exercise WAS not high intensity, taking him off altogether might result in weight loss.

    I suppose you should just keep a close watch on his weight, with whichever path you take. Maybe take a picture once a week so you don't get fooled.
    Thanks I will. My trainer suggested that I keep a tape measure there to measure his girth once a week while he's on stall rest to make sure he isn't gaining or losing too badly.

    As for the strategy, it's the strategy Healthy Edge which is different. My vet says I don't really have to cut it back unless I'm worried about weight as it consists of less grains that the regular strategy and has more things like beat pulp, etc in it. He says he recommends it for those horses who need to cut back on grain energy but like to have more in their bucket than a small handful of pellets ha ha.

    Before he was injured we would do about 1 to 1 1/2 hours of mainly trotting work, training level dressage stuff. Encouraging "giving" and stretching over the top line and moving his hind. This was done about 3 days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. His blankets are usually damp but not soaked at the end of a workout.
         
        04-25-2013, 12:04 AM
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    Sounds like you have a solid plan.

    Here's to a swift and complete recovery for Cinny!
         
        04-25-2013, 12:09 AM
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    Green Broke
    Give him something to do in his stall too. My guy looooooves to throw feed pans so I would put every single feed pan in the barn into his stall in the morning then come back in the evening and collect them from all over the barn where he flung them.

    He loves to lie down, roll and then nap in new shavings so whenever I stripped/re-bedded any stall in the barn I would toss him in the stall to go have a good roll/nap while I worked on other stalls.
         

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