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    06-04-2013, 08:33 PM
Changing Feeds?

Hey all, I'm facing a dilemma. Which feed should I put my horse on? The feed that came with him from his previous home is dwindling, just one bag left. My barn owner wants to put him on the feed that she gives her horses which is really molasses-y sweet feed ( you could form the stuff into a ball and it would stay that way) and since my boy is still young (he is 5) I really don't want him on something that sugary. I don't want him to get hot on that particular feed either. The stuff he is on now is just called "saddle horse crimped oats" and is crushed corn and oats, kinda like sweet but w/o the molasses, and then fat n' fibre. But I can't seem to find those oats anywhere. Open to suggestions :) Thanks in advance!
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    06-04-2013, 09:13 PM
Depending on what feeds you can find in your area I like nutrena. I feed the triumph senior as it cheaper and has what I want in it. I don't care if it says senior or not. I look at whats in it. I own a arab and does not make him super hot. He likes it and it's easy to chew. Also depending on how much your barn owner wants to give him will depend. If he got 2 pounds a day he should be fine. See how he goes on it. It can't hurt. If he makes him to hyper and crazy take him off it.
    06-04-2013, 09:16 PM
Freemare, I'm just antsy about it because the other horses that are on it are really hard to handle, hyper, spooky, and they don't even get that much. About 2 large sized handfuls or half a scoop.
My horse gets twice that much because he needs weight.
    06-04-2013, 09:21 PM
I like Strategy Healthy Edge, Strategy GX, Ultium. None are real sweet or make my horses hyper. If your horse needs weight, I'd feed Ultium & Strategy Healthy Edge. Lots of calories from oil.
    06-04-2013, 09:25 PM
I'll have to see if the feed mill around here carries that. What does it cost approx. Per bag? If you don't mind my asking
    06-04-2013, 09:31 PM
Originally Posted by Oliveren15    
I'll have to see if the feed mill around here carries that. What does it cost approx. Per bag? If you don't mind my asking
It's going to depend on where you are but I'm paying $18/bag for Strategy Healthy Edge and $15/bag for Strategy GX and $24/bag for Ultium. All are 50 lb bags. I find the Healthy Edge plus Ultium to be the least expensive way to go. For a 1,000 lb horse I feed 3-4 lbs of the Healthy Edge per DAY and if I have one that I want a little more weight on, I can add 1-2 lbs of Ultium per feeding. They feed up fairly quick and look GREAT because of all the oil. The Healthy Edge keeps them in good flesh fairly easily.
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    06-04-2013, 09:46 PM
I'm in the Ontario, Canada area. And that doesn't sound too bad price wise. So once I have Oliver in good weight I can take him off the Ultium and just keep him on the Healthy Edge?
    06-05-2013, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Oliveren15    
I'm in the Ontario, Canada area. And that doesn't sound too bad price wise. So once I have Oliver in good weight I can take him off the Ultium and just keep him on the Healthy Edge?
You should be able too. I just use the Ultium to get the extra fat calories. It's just as effective and less expensive than buying Amplify, their fat supplement.
    06-05-2013, 07:35 AM
That sounds great :) I'm fairly sure I can find that in my area. I think I'll put him on the HE plus the Ultium . Thanks so much :)
    06-05-2013, 08:24 AM
Green Broke
All the feed companies have websights. See what brands are local to you and read the description of the various feeds. Usually they have a recomendation for what your horse is doing.
IE I feed Legends brand foods. As that's what the local store carries. Depending on work load they either get legends performance, or legends pleasure. There's also different ones for seniors, really easy keepers, and pasture puffs.
Usually come out ahead to feed a good brand commercial feed that matches your horses needs. We get posts on here over and over about people feeding cheap feeds, or grain only, then they come on here and want cures for rainrot, bad feet, low weight, tieing up, colicy, etc etc, most of the times these problems can be traced to poor nutrition.
Oh an molasses laced oats and corn is garbage food for a horse. Sure it will add weight but that's like you eating nothing but Donuts.

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