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        11-14-2012, 01:37 PM
    Green Broke
    Daily dewormer is by the vet so I'm not changing that. And since she was so nice to infest the whole barn herd while she was in foster because of certain ignorant people who have no clue how to consult a vet, it has kept her from reinfesting herself. But anyway I know this is frowned upon by some but it has been working great for us.

    She gets alfalfa pellets, I think the grass you are looking at is the vitamin mineral thingy, its for a grass or grass mix diet.

    She always has a white salt block but I have no idea how much she actually licks it because I haven't seen her lick it since we put it in there this summer. I'm currently adding 1oz of iodized salt to her feed now but this new combo would allow me to eliminate that step.

    I really want something with the amino acids since she is a senior I think some of the problem is muscle loss since when I taped her she had actually gained weight acording to that, I know it isn't very acurate but I figure it's better then me guessing.
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        11-14-2012, 01:40 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh and we can't get alfalfa hay until we have somewhere to put it. The hay loft is currently full with regular hay and since some horses can't have alfalfa at the barn we need to make sure ours is separate. But hopefully in another month we will have room. Roundbales take up alot of space.
        11-14-2012, 01:45 PM
    Its not about being frowned upon, it's because research blames the daily dewormers on creating resistant worms. So much has changed now in deworming practice, and it makes total sense. AND, not all vets have caught up yet.
    For building muscle you need protein. Protein brings the amino acids. So with alfalfa you'd be adding that. Not very much with 2 lbs, that's why alfalfa hay would be well worth it.
        11-14-2012, 01:55 PM
    Could you get one bale at a time and deposit it in front of her stall or wrap it in a plastic trash bag and leave it outside the paddock?
        11-14-2012, 02:04 PM
    Green Broke
    I wouldn't know where to get alfalfa that's worth paying for. But she isn't stalled very often. I'm hoping to talk to the bo about it. I can't afford full stall board but then the price is higher because then I would clean the stalls and I already buy my own bedding lol. So I don't know yet. She actually prefers to be inside now instead of outside since she hates the snow, rain and cold.

    I have another blanket with neck cover I'm picking up tomorrow for when it gets super cold and windy out.

    Protein produces amino acids but sometimes your body cannot produce enough especially as you get older and you need amino acids to properly digest protein, its a delicate cycle. According to feedxl she was getting almost double her daily needed protein before adding alfalfa pellets. So I am not sure but since feedxl does not break down amino acids by feed I have no idea what she is getting now.
        11-14-2012, 02:20 PM
    She should be doing better with the alfalfa already.
    My smart book says the best protein source to provide lysine and methionine are soybean- and canolameal. But alfalfa ranks pretty high too.
    She should have about 550grams of protein a day.
        11-14-2012, 02:26 PM
    You might want to look at Gateway products to see if they have a lower cost version of some of your supplements. I get my vit. E from them.
        11-14-2012, 02:31 PM
    Green Broke
    I have an issue with soy as you know but the wheat germ oil actually has soy as well.

    I will take a look at that site and see what they have. Ok looked at that site. All I could find that was close was the Su-Per Form crumbles but that leaves her lacking in vitamin E big time.
        11-14-2012, 03:05 PM
    I know about your soy issue....but sometimes it's better to not transfer human problems onto horses.......
    I used soy, in carefully balanced amounts when I was breeding and also up til I came here. Never any problems. Im not talking massive amounts, even my broodies and babies got no more than half a pound. The geldings did super fine with 50grams of soy and 50 grams of linseed. So....
        11-14-2012, 03:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Haha I know I know, I'm not trying to put human problems on my animals but soy affects each the same. Yes in small amounts it is perfectly fine but I worry since she is predisposed to cushings. But it takes much more to affect a horse than a human lol.

    Speaking of soy I need to call my doctor about my thyroid lol.

    I just simply worry too much. I have also decided to try endurance next year so I need her to get in good shape.

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