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    07-26-2012, 01:01 PM
Change in Diet

I'm looking into changing my mare's everyday diet. She's been in heavy training and conditioning for LTD endurance rides and show jumping. Possibly dressage and various other sports in the future. I've already had to up her hay to four fakes of alfalfa per day (1 flake = 7lbs). She is a hard keeper, just had her teeth done in February, due again in February. She's due to be wormed and will be on the 28th. 15.1hh and aprox 915lbs, would like her around the 950 mark.

I was wondering if there's a supplement, grain or concentrated feed I can give her to help her keep the weight on without having to up the hay anymore than it already is? Beet Pulp, BOSS and Rice Bran aren't options. Feed prices are VERY high right now. I'm hoping for something I can purchase online or at my local grocery store. Anyone have luck with vegetable oil? How about Senior or Junior (those are somewhat affordable)?

Currently she's on 4 flakes of alfalfa (grass hay, sadly, is not an option atm), 6TBS of paprika, 1 TBS Canola Oil, 4 TBS bread crumbs, flax garlic, and salt.

Let me know! Happy to answer any questions you may have.
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    07-26-2012, 02:31 PM
ADM has a fat supplement called MoorGlo that's a combination of flax and rice bran. It's $27.95 for a 40# bag at my feed store, and I feed 2# a day. It has allowed me to cut back the amount of grain I feed considerably.

Senior feed can be a good option for weight gain.

ETA You can also feed more of the canola, or try BOSS.
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    07-26-2012, 02:55 PM
I'll try more Canola oil... is there a difference between Canola and Veggie oil?

What about those muscle supplements such as Rice Bran oil or Corta FLX More Muscle Solution?
    07-26-2012, 03:15 PM
Look at the label to make sure it's soybean oil. I know my brand of veggie oil is, and I have used that. I haven't ever fed RBO or the Corta FLX. I'd be interested in what people have to say about it.
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    07-26-2012, 03:27 PM
Alright I'll look into that. And I too am interested in what someone else might have to say.
    07-26-2012, 07:04 PM
Beet pulp, rice bran, and alfalfa are my go-tos for adding calories. Beet pulp prices are very reasonable in my area ($10 for 50 lbs) but if it's not in your area, I'd say oil is your next best bet. I don't feed it myself, but I've heard up people working up to 1 cup or more into their horse's diet, though you'd need to add something to mix it into- hay cubes or pellets would probably work well for that.
    07-26-2012, 07:12 PM
I'd have to get a hold of some sort of pellets. Sweet feed would even work--I just wouldn't use a lot. That stuff if like horsey-candy! Beet pulp in my area is close to $30 for 40lbs. Not worth it anymore. :/
    07-26-2012, 08:30 PM
You need to add calories, not just fat.
I second the Moor-glo. You can also get ground flax, which is usually super cheap considering you only feed about a cup a day.
I would feed Moor-glo, flax and a complete mineral supplement. Add oil only if you need it. With a good mineral supplement you won't need the paprika or salt. You can also find hay cubes to up hay intake.

Good luck!
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    07-26-2012, 08:39 PM
Would ground flax be available at the feed store? I always purchased mine at a farmer's market and it is PRICEY.
    07-26-2012, 08:50 PM
Yes - the stable I board at gets in it 80# bags from the feed store.

You can also look at a company like Lakin Milling Company: Pelleted horse feed, Avondale, AZ to help you get a pellet you can top dress with flax, oil, etc.. I know lots of stables get a customized complete feed or Ration Balancer and I feed an RB custom blended for the area I live in.

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