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    07-10-2012, 03:40 AM
Different feeds additives

Hi guys,
Looking for some ideas/advice about feed. I currently give my horse chaff and an alrounder pellet. I was thinking about giving him some pollard to help keep the weight on him, bran to help his digestion and some veggie oil for his coat. What else do you guys give your horses and why?
Thanks in advance
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    07-11-2012, 01:57 PM
Hi Kano32,

What is your "alrounder" pellet? It sounds as though it should already be properly balanced for the nutrient requirements of a horse, either at light to moderate work unless stated otherwise. I would use extreme caution when feeding both the pollard and bran, especially in high volumes exceeding 2 lbs, because they do contain an inverted calcium-to-phosphorous ratio (ie: more phosphorous than calcium). Pollard can be an excellent source of calories and does indeed help in some cases with weight gain. I'm not certain though about bran improving digestion.

As for the vegetable oil you may be able to top dress some but keep in mind that your horse will also be getting fat calories via the pollard. If you're looking to maintain weight with a good, digestible fiber source I would recommend looking into some beet pulp.
    07-12-2012, 02:43 AM
It is hygain. Ok, I will take that into consideration. It is only like a handful of each and a dash of oil. He is in fairly heavy work for 10 weeks and them has 2 of.

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