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post #1 of 3 Old 06-18-2011, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Feed for an easy keeper?

There's a new 3 year old filly at my barn, and I have the good fortune of being the one doing most of her training. We've only had her for a week, and as of now she hasn't been getting grain regularly. Some mornings she'll get one quart of a Strider/Charger mix, and some mornings she won't get any grain. And she never gets grain at night. (This isn't my decision, it's the barn owner's).

Anyways, in the week she's been with us she's already filled out a lot, just from having consistent grass/hay during the day. She definitely needs the added energy grain provides, but we're worried if she's fed enough grain for added energy she'll gain weight like crazy. Anyone have suggestions for a low-carb type grain we could give her that would increase her energy but not her weight?

Any help would be appreciated :)
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-19-2011, 05:43 PM
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I have my OTTB that is in training on this Equine Supplement-Triple Crown Pelleted 30% Equine Supplement It's low fat, but high protein to build muscle, I also have my OTTB on senior because she needs weight, but if you can get it where you are it's a very good feed, it's expensive, about $30/50lbs but you only feed about a pound a day, it also does not make her at all hot, but gives her the energy she needs, I call her the energizer bunny because even after an hour of pretty much straight trotting she is still going strong
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-21-2011, 10:55 AM
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^thats the kind of feed I reccommend. I have my gelding on buckeye's version of that called gro n win. Its 27.50 after tax at the store I go to and he gets 1 and 1/4 lbs a day. The important thing to remember is you must feed the minimum reccommended amount of feed per what the bag says. If it says 6lbs and your only feeding 2 to avoid that weight gain like crazy or because they get hot from so much food..your only giving 1/3 of their recuired vitamins and nutrients. After that understanding nothing worked but a ration balancer. Now he is getting an appropriate amount of feed and 100% the nutrients he requires. A LOT of people don't get that concept and are only feeding as much feed puts their horse at a healthy weight. Its ignorance that ruins animals because people just don't know. Goof for you for doing research. Good luck!
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