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    11-14-2012, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
I actually have never bought smartpaks due to the cost. I looked at those supplements but they are cheaper in the smartpaks. Here's the problem I cannot find a multivitamin mineral supplement that is equal to the Smartvite. Honestly I would rather not buy smartpaks. I always feed dinner and I make up the morning feed the night before. Except liquids go in in the morning. And the rest of what I feed is much more expensive in smartpaks so I wont even get the free shipping with just those two.

Edit: I will look at a ration balancer. I will plug that into feedxl during my lunch and see if it works.
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    11-14-2012, 12:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Engineers are brilliant when it comes to their chosen field, but many of them are lost when it comes to everyday, common sense things. Ask me how I know this.
Since half my family is Engineers, I totally understand what you are saying!

I think the best one was when he called me up because my horse was out of Sand Clear..... uh, we gave a 30 day stint of Sand Clear to my horse a YEAR ago (no sand here, we were cleaning him out in case he had sand from previous home).

Really great guy and completely brilliant in his field. He completely re-wired a broken ATV off Craigslist so my kid has a like new ATV that only cost me $50. Just don't change the lead ropes around when turning out horses...
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    11-14-2012, 12:47 PM
I started using millennium gold multivitamin because of deficiencies in vitamin e and a and I have to say I am thrilled. Try looking it up it may help. A 20 pound tub at $46 lasts me one month for five horses.
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    11-14-2012, 12:50 PM
Also on feed xl you type in "pacific" and it comes up. The recommended dose is 2 ounces. It also balanced my copper to zinc ratio
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    11-14-2012, 02:09 PM
Green Broke
Ration balancer is out. Makes her deficient in Iodine, sodium, B1 and Folic acid and it is not recommended due to her prone to laminitis.

The milenium makes her deficient in Sodium and it also is not recommended because of ingredients. She is prone to laminitis.

And the Smartflex senior is way off on too many things.
    11-14-2012, 02:13 PM
I add nacl to several of mines diet because they are worked and deficient in sodium. Not sure about the laminitis thing. Is she prone to laminitis or has it only occurred once?
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    11-14-2012, 02:17 PM
Green Broke
I have no idea on her history, she was seized from a breeding farm when she was 18 going on 19 she is going on 20 now. But this summer she had laminitis when she was still underweight. She also had terribly runny poo when on safechoice which has pro/prebiotics so a grain intolerance has been concluded. What caused the laminitis is still up for debate but according to the vet she is most likely prone to cushings as well. Since I want her to live for many more years I have decided to keep grain out of her diet to avoid any of these problems.
    11-14-2012, 02:30 PM
I would first cut out the daily dewormer. Rather do fecal testing and deworm according to what needs to be targeted.
The grass pellets are better replaced by alfalfa pellets, since she needs to gain weight anyway.
As for a vit/min supplement, hit the online vet supplies. They have a huge selection and the analysis is usually there, so you can compare.
Lack of sodium is the easiest to take care off. 30g daily of iodized tablesalt in the feed, divided over her meals, and a salt block, straight salt, white, or the Himalayan one.
    11-14-2012, 02:30 PM
I switched my guys to alfalfa/oat cubes, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, ground flax, multivit/min, and source and couldn't be happier with the results. A couple get rice bran and the some get msm and glucosamine supplements and one gets cough free. I completely understand the no grain concept. The supplements do add cost but I have seen a lot better results with forage and supplements than I have on any grain diet.
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    11-14-2012, 02:33 PM
One other thing. Alfalfa pellets can be replaced by alfalfa hay. Need to do the math, tho. I currently pay 17$ for 100lbs bale vs. 15$ for 40lbs pellets.

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