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    08-24-2013, 02:01 PM
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Foal
changing horse feed

I'm trying to change my horses feed from a 12% sweet all pellet, to a feed that requires very little feed, such as Triple Crown 30% supplement. Trying to find out if I feed a pound of that each day, with coastal hay, how much hay cube/beet pulp would I need to feed to be sufficient. Or might I have better luck with a COMPLETE feed and coastal hay, such as Triple Crown Complete or Seminole Wellness complete? I need a better quality feed that I do not need to feed as much!
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    08-24-2013, 02:51 PM
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Yearling
I dislike almost every complete feed out there. How much are you feeding now if the cubes and beet pulp? I would keep the cubes and beet pulp the same and start out at a pound of the supplement. Completely eliminating the 12% feed.
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    08-24-2013, 02:56 PM
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Yearling
When I dropped all fortified feeds and went all forage with vit/min supplement and loose salt I actually put way too much weight on my guys at first. I feed a whole lot less and my feed bill went from over $600 a month to about $250 a month not including hay.
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    08-24-2013, 04:53 PM
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Foal
They are one 1 1/2 scoops and 2 scoops 12% feed with 2 flakes coastal hay and of and on grass. I would like to change to a forage diet with supplements as I think they would benefit from that, but I have never feed this way so I want to get some advice/amount
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    08-24-2013, 05:50 PM
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Yearling
I did about eight months worth of research in it. The only things I will feed are hay cubes, hay pellets, beet pulp, and rice bran (rice bran only for my old man). I researched the deficiencies in my area and picked the best multi vit/min. I also feed kelp and ground flax. My app/ qh cross who was a very hard keep and in no work at all went from 12lbs of triple crown senior a day to two pound alfalfa/oat cubes and two pounds of beet pulp a day. My spotted saddle in heavy work went from 10lbs of ultium to two pounds of alfalfa/oat cubes and three pounds of alfalfa pellets.

I had to tweak the amounts of multi vit/min supplement and ground flax to each horses needs. I threw out all my salt and mineral blocks for loose salt. My horses also have 24/7 access to hay whether it is summer or winter.
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    08-25-2013, 09:13 AM
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Foal
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I did about eight months worth of research in it. The only things I will feed are hay cubes, hay pellets, beet pulp, and rice bran (rice bran only for my old man). I researched the deficiencies in my area and picked the best multi vit/min. I also feed kelp and ground flax. My app/ qh lcross who was a very hard keep and in no work at all went from 12lbs of triple crown senior a day to two pound alfalfa/oat cubes and two pounds of beet pulp a day. My spotted saddle in heavy work went from 10lbs of ultium to two pounds of alfalfa/oat cubes and three pounds of alfalfa pellets.

I had to tweak the amounts of multi vit/min supplement and ground flax to each horses needs. I threw out all my salt and mineral blocks for loose salt. My horses also have 24/7 access to hay whether it is summer or winter.
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What is the reason you will only feed that? Also, what is the difference in hay cubes and hay pellets? Is it more expensive for you to feed that way? Oh and what is the difference in the salt blocks and loose salt? Sorry so many questions...
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    08-25-2013, 10:12 AM
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Yearling
Hay cubes count as long stem forage which horses need for their gut to function properly.Hay pellets do not function as long stem forage.

The loose salt is much easier for horses to consume. Their tongues aren't rough enough to consume enough salt off a block unless it is a block designed for equines and they are fairly expensive.

It is much cheaper to feed forage products. A 50lb bag of alfalfa cubes here is $15 verses $20 for a 50lb bag of triple crown senior or $28 for a 50lb bag of ultium.

The horses act better and look better. I have a variety of horses from seniors to horses that can't tolerate soy and corn. I have extremely easy keepers and harder keeps and the all forage works for every body.
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    08-27-2013, 12:42 AM
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Foal
The Triple Crown 30% supplement is great and based on your horses body weight usually only requires 1-2lbs per day. It's an economical and super premium supplement for easy keepers or light work horses(with sufficient forage of course:). Nutrena Empower Balance would be another good option for a ration balancer.
     

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