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    02-12-2013, 11:15 PM
A feed that adds some pep?

I was curious if any of you could suggest a grain to give my horse some energy during the warmer weather. He loves his feed for winter, it keeps him calm but in the summer/spring or whenever it starts warming up his energy level drops and he is not too excited about being put to work.

Any suggestions?
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    02-12-2013, 11:24 PM
I'm not sure feed would be the direct answer. If he's healthy weight and in good physical shape, I don't think I'd push more calories just to add a lil zip to him. They tend to be a lil more spunky when its cold naturally. If I were going to up anything, I'd up hay or quality of hay. But only if needed to maintain body conditions. May just be a lil lazy when its warmer out.
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    02-12-2013, 11:55 PM
Do you think it could be dropping due to low levels of something in his diet? Maybe he isn't drinking enough water or has a deficiency...

I would check it out.. before I assume things.... and try to add more "energy" with a feed.
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    02-13-2013, 12:00 AM
Your pinto horse in your icon is adorable! What breed?

I am hoping to balance out what he is eating, I am worried he may be deficient in something. What is the recommended balance of crude protein and fat?
    02-13-2013, 12:00 AM
My horse had Erlichiosis two years in a row, and it seems to create a low grade lethargy in him every summer. I tried Smart Energy last year and it really seemed to help without turning him into a nut.
    02-13-2013, 03:36 AM
Originally Posted by tseluyu dylan    
Your pinto horse in your icon is adorable! What breed?

I am hoping to balance out what he is eating, I am worried he may be deficient in something. What is the recommended balance of crude protein and fat?
Can you describe your horse's current diet?


Thanks :) He is a Dutch Warmblood X Paint. He is 16.2 (remeasured him while I was home)
    02-13-2013, 04:39 AM
Have you tried adding a b12 supplement to his diet?
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    02-13-2013, 09:28 PM
Other than hay he eats a training dose of Dynamite and a cup of blue rider feed... the blue rider cooled him down a lot in winter when he usually bounces off the walls.

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