12-13-2013, 02:42 PM
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When I was acquiring an NH I emailed various feed companies regarding my concerns which I kept brief. Since the horse was 8, the recommendation was Senior Feed as it is 1% potassium and it's the potassium levels you have to watch. Oats are low as are many grasses. Instead of carrots I bo't a bag of alfalfa cubes which I break up and offer as treats instead. If you google hyperkalemia, as for people, it will list the foods with the highest amount of potassium in descending order. I also watch the potassium level in salt. Household salt has potassium iodide. Pickling salt doesn't, so I mix them 50/50. Turnout is best for these horses, for all horses, and a good supply of water. My boy is a big drinker whereas the other have been dawdly sippers. Do offer free salt as a horse doesn't not get enough salt from a lick as it causes the tongue to get sore. They work with the raspy bovine tongue. Cali, don't try to stuff your horse with various feeds because you want it to look better. Neither of my horses would touch beet pulp no matter what it was mixed with. Feed molasses aren't the same as household. By the time it gets to the feed companies it has been processed to death and about all that remains is the taste and it's stickiness to act as a binder.