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post #11 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 11:35 AM
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Afterparty it sounds like your pony suffered from choke, not the often repeated expanding stomach issue.

Great web site on beet pulp Linky

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 11:47 AM
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I agree that beet pulp would be a good place to start. I also feed my TB rice bran (1 lb of rice bran daily and 2 lbs of shredded beet pulp, plus 4 lbs of senior feed daily). The beet pulp is dry, he ate it right out of my hand when I wanted to see if he'd have interest in it. Lucky for me he's an easy eater (but not an easy keeper) so its almost guaranteed that he'll like whatever I put in front of his nose.
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Afterparty it sounds like your pony suffered from choke, not the often repeated expanding stomach issue.

Great web site on beet pulp Linky

Yep, that is choke you're describing. I had a bad bout of that with my guy in february, even though his beet pulp had soaked over night. It is so scary, looks like hell, but isn't actually the horse gasping for air. We see about 10 cases a year at the equine hospital. It is a very real concern with beet pulp, as it seems to be the culprit more than half the time, but if you soak it well and make sure your horse doesn't gulp it down (which was the root cause of my horse's choke), you should be fine feeding beet pulp. It really does work wonders for putting on weight so I'd really hate to see people stop feeding it because they think their horse could die.
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Ok well im from Ireland so I don't think we have Blue Seal but I will ring a nutritional help line and try to find an alternative.

Would it be smart to get her scoped first or adjust her feed and see does that make an improvement?

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post #15 of 17 Old 06-07-2010, 08:28 PM
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besides hay and pasture what does she get now??

If you suspect ulcers remove all corn, oats and barley from her diet...

Look into Triple Crown Senior

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Maggi, you can adjust her feed now if you'd like, but I'd have her scoped anyway, just in case.

A complete feed should have these ingredients: beet pulp, oats, rice bran, flaxseed, barley, vegetable or soybean oil, and alfalfa meal. They'll have other ingredients too, but these are the main ones you want to look for.

Since you're in Ireland, I doubt you can get Triple Crown. I'm sure you'll have something comparable, though.
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OH Poo I missed she wasn't in the states.....

There is a feed called Blue something over there that is suppose to be good ... let me go and dig and try to find it again

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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