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  • Will omolene300 at wieght gain
  • Dumor alfalfa cubes

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    02-05-2014, 11:35 PM
  #1
Weanling
Building Weight (topline) & Omolene feed

I've been working on building weight on my 6 year old TWH gelding.
His topline looks awful; belly and ribs look good; neck is ok.

Lately, I've been feeding him 4c of generic 12% sweet feed mixed with 4c of Purina Omolene 200, with the base dose of Dumor Weight Builder (from Tractor Supply) with it. He gets that once daily.
He also gets what grass is left that he wants to pick at (2.5-3 acre pasture), and free-choice hay from round bales. They're just plain mixed grass hay. Nothing special, but good enough.

He is not currently being ridden or worked at all, and he is pasture kept with free access to shelter. Until his weight is back up, whatever exercise he gets is of his own choice.

He looks like he has gained a little since I added the weight builder about a month ago, but I'm not sure how quickly he should be gaining with it. (I'm new to needing supplements.)

My question is, do you all think it would be reasonable to sub out the Omolene 200 for their 300 formula for the added vitamins, just over the winter? Or maybe just for 1 bag's worth, for a little extra boost?
I know it's specified for mares and foals, but the content analysis on the bags looked pretty similar on protein, fat, etc.

He does fine on pasture alone when the grass is growing, but I've struggled with him this winter. I only got him last year, when winter was mostly over, so this is really my first winter with him. I'm still learning what he needs.

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    02-07-2014, 09:58 AM
  #2
Yearling
In my personal experience trying to add weight and condition I would drop the grains and go for beet pulp and hay pellets with a multivitamin. I used to pump feeds into some of my horses to keep weight on in the Winter but but after I switched to hay cubes, hay pellets, and beet pulp I have to watch because I have been making them too overweight.
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    02-10-2014, 02:20 AM
  #3
Weanling
I wish I could do as you suggested - or just buy better feed in the first place - but unfortunately, our budget is fixed for the time being.

Too many emergencies this past year have burned up our extra funds.

I'm just wondering if the added vitamins in the 300 formula would be a decent enough option to hold him over until our feed and/or finances get settled.
     
    02-10-2014, 02:21 PM
  #4
Yearling
Believe it or not but the alflafa cubes and pellets are the cheaper route.

I would not add anymore vitamins if he isn't being worked.
     
    02-10-2014, 05:59 PM
  #5
Weanling
I'll have to do some checking on that.
What I've always seen is that alfalfa anything = expensive.
Maybe I just haven't been looking for the right products...

Do you have any preference for cubes vs. pellets?
Or brands?
     
    02-10-2014, 08:20 PM
  #6
Yearling
I love both cubes and pellets. Here in Virginia its $14.45 50# of alfalfa pellets and $14.99 for 50# alfalfa cubes. Any brand is fine they should all be 100% alfalfa but alfalfa really seems to help them fill out good and you don't have to feed large amounts. With my Tennessee walker they get one pound of cubes in the morning with half a pound of pellets and same in the evening and they are all a little bit over weight. They have 24/7 access to just plain grass hay.
     
    02-10-2014, 10:57 PM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks so much for your help!
I'm snowed in right now, but I have alfalfa cubes/pellets at the top of my list for as soon as I can get back into town :)
I'm officially optimistic about finding affordable alfalfa for him!
     
    02-11-2014, 09:54 AM
  #8
Weanling
Alfalfa has made all the difference with my mare this winter. I too have been having a hard time keeping weight on her. I took her off her ration balancer and put her on a complete feed. She is also getting a flake of alfalfa every evening and in on really cold days another flake in the mornings. Also has access to a round bale 24/7.
     
    02-11-2014, 11:36 AM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by BadWolf    
Thanks so much for your help!
I'm snowed in right now, but I have alfalfa cubes/pellets at the top of my list for as soon as I can get back into town :)
I'm officially optimistic about finding affordable alfalfa for him!
Since you have a Tractor Supply near, they should carry Standlee alfalfa pellets, which run13$ here, don't know if there are regional differences within TSC. They also carry MaxEGlow rice bran, 25$/40lbs( the powdered.Pelleted is 10$ more), which is a way cheaper weight builder, and much more healthy than Omolene. 1-2cups daily, mixed in the soaked alfalfa pellets. Then get a bag of ShoGlo vit/min supplement, 15$ for 5lbs, feed at 1-2oz/day, add 2 tablespoons of iodized table salt and you're all set.
Feeding stuff like Omolene to a non hard-working horse is the equine equivalent to cup cakes and candy bars for hyper active kids and can lead to metabolic issues down the line.
     
    02-11-2014, 11:49 PM
  #10
Weanling
I'll be sure to check those out too. Thanks :)
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