Originally Posted by poppy1356
Ok I am going to agree with Usandpets here even though I have an extensive feed bill with all the extras. If my horse was an easy keeper I would not have all the extras unless I felt better about feeding them.
If it is between selling the horse or having them live comfortably on just hay without extras I think the decision is pretty clear to keep the horse in the loving environment that it is in. Not everyone can afford all the special things, that doesn't mean they shouldn't own a horse. People invented reasons for these horses to need these extras. That does not mean that every horse out there needs all this extra "stuff".
OP- If you need to cut costs and your horse is otherwise healthy except the Vit A then just give the Vit A with hay. I am guessing you are giving the Vit A orally by syringe? If so you don't need anything to feed it with.
im not talking about "extras." I'm talking about basic nutrition. A hay diet alone does not provide that. If your horse maintains weight on hay alone, that's great! Mine do. But, my hay is not adequate in vit/min which is where the 1lb of RB comes in. Could I feed a vit/min supplement instead of the rb? Sure! No problem, except that mine wont eat it. So, I feed what I need to to keep adequate nutrition. It's my duty as a horse owner. I don't feed anything extra, except free choice loose salt.
Have you ever tried to look into WHY your horse is such a hard keeper? It is possible for a horse to just be a hard keeper, but a high percentage of the time there is an underlying cause. This could be ulcers, hindgut acidosis, a starch sensitivity, not enough hay, digestion issue, vit/min issue and/or a million other things. If it were me, I would be finding out why my horse is such a hard keeper. Take care of that underlying cause and you may be surprised just how easy of a keeper your horse really is. I have seen it many times with the rehab OTTB horses I have had.