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    01-25-2012, 06:56 PM
Feed questions

So I managed to get the ingredient list for the feed I am currently giving Flash. Does anyone have any imput as to whether this is a good feed?
Also, he seems to get hot off this feed, so I was thinking it may be due to a sensitivity to an ingredient. I was thinking about getting a feed without molasses to start and see if that solves the problem. The only issue with the feed I was able to find that is molasses-free is that it needs to be wet down before feeding, and I am not sure if this is something the BO will be willing to do.
Here is the ingredient list of the feed I am currently using:
Soya Hulls, Soya Bean meal, DL- Methionine, Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Soya Oil, yeast, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamine, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Salt, Calcium Sulphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Selenium, Wheat shorts, Molasses, Pellet binding agent.
Crude Protein min 13.0%
Crude Fibre max 25.0%
Crude Fat min 6.0%
Sodium actual 0.45%
Calcium actual 0.85%
Phosphorus actual 0.55%
Copper actual 35 mg/kg
Vitamin A min 6,500 I.U./ kg
Vitamin B3 min 1,200 I.U./kg
Vitamin E min 220I.U./kg
Selemiun added 0.3 mg/kg

This is the brand without molasses. It appears to be a better feed, but again, I'll have to speak with the BO to see if its an option.
Dehydrated Alfalfa meal, soyhulls, soya bean meal, DL-Methionine, wheat shorts, whole grain wheat, soya oil, ground flax seed, purina yeast culture, ascorbic acid, biotin, choline chloride, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, panthothenic acid, pyridoxine, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, Vitamin E, menadione, calcium carbonate, cobalt carbonate, copper sulphate, calcium lodate, dicalcium phosphorus, ferrous sulphate, manganese oxide, salt, selenium, zinc oxide
Crude Protein min 13.0%
Crude Fat min 6.0%
Crude Fibre max 25.0%
Lysine min 0.65%
Methionine min 0.3%
Calcium actual 0.9%
Phosphorus actual 0.55%
Sodium actual 0.5%
Copper actual 35mg/kg
Cobalt actual 0.3mg/kg
Iodine actual 0.75mg/kg
Manganese actual 100mg/kg
Zinc actual 125mg/kg
Biotin min 300mcg/kg
Vitamin A min 6,500IU/kg
Vitamin D3 min 1,200IU/kg
Vitamin E min 250IU/kg
Selenium added 0.30mg/kg

Also, if anyone has a suggestion for a good quality feed that may work to keep my boy from getting hot, that would be great.
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    01-31-2012, 12:16 AM

Firstly, what are you hardfeeding for? How much are you feeding & what else is the horse getting?

Those ingredient lists look like they're 'ration balancer' type feeds - nutritional supps. While I'd generally try to avoid grain & molasses where possible, especially corn & wheat, it depends how much the horse is getting, how many meals daily, how sensitive it's GI tract, etc as to how risky these ingredients could be. Eg. Molasses being near bottom of the list means there's a very small amount & even feeding a relatively large amount of the first feed would likely be negligible amount of molasses.

Oh, noticed one also has ground linseed(or flax) seed. I reckon this (or the cold pressed oil) is a valuable ingredient, for omega 3s & such, but unfortunately it goes off & loses it's value quickly after processing. Therefore I buy the whole grains & grind them myself daily when feeding. If you use the oil, like fishoil, it should be kept in a lightproof container in a cool environment.

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