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post #1 of 13 Old 09-07-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding an RB 1x a day


And yet, another RB question from AQHSam.

or maybe I should use

I decided to purchase Purina Enrich Plus (replaces E32). According to the label, I can feed between 0.1% and 0.25% of the horse's body weight 2 times a day. I have chosen to go with the 0.1% ratio for the time being so at 900 lbs, that is 9 oz per day.

I modified a scoop to provide a single serving of 4.5 oz.

Sounds good. However, I am having a hard time providing Sam with his two servings. He is only getting a single serving per day. I feed it by adding it to his feed bin and then tossing roughly 4 oz of timothy hay pellets on top. The timothy pellets slow him down. The EPlus is like horsey crack to him.

At 9oz, would I really be causing issues if I fed him the full serving at once?

I did send Purina an email asking their advice on a single serving dose. But, I thought I would also put it out here for discussion.

I'll report back what Purina has to say about it. Does anyone have any opinions on this?
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Wow, I would be confused too!!

First thought: wouldn't .1%-.25% x 2/day = [in your case .1% for 900lbs] 18oz a day? It sounds like they're saying he should get that .1% twice a day?

Second thought: I think he should be fine if you feed all of it at once. I'm not sure why it wouldn't be ok! haha
I used to always feed Enrich 32 [which I guess is the "old" EPlus?] in one feeding and I think the label said to split it... haha

Feed labels are so confusing sometimes. We need some kind of translation booklet or something! haha

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Dying to hear what Purina says. The amount of feed at one feeding is no problem at all. Maybe they want to make sure the ingredients are available day and night.....dunno....
Let us know what they say, please
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.1%(.001)X900# is .9# or 14.4 oz. (.9x16oz=14.4 oz)
I'm splitting hairs but math is math.
The feeding recommendation is for 2x that up to .25% (2.25#)

Feed it in one feeding.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-07-2013, 08:42 PM
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My boy only gets around 6 to 7 oz RB along with his hoof supp and flaxseed, and that's it because he is an easy keeper.
At times I have fed it twice a day, split 4 oz and 3 oz, and other times just 6 oz once a day. Different times of the year, like winter, he is front and center ahead of time for his whopping two bites of "grain" morning and evening... other times he's like "meh" for the evening "meal."

He's been on RB's for 18+ months now and I have noticed no difference in terms of him getting it all once a day or split into two feedings.
Well.... other than his poor woe is me looking pouty face when he does remember to come in for an evening tid bit and it's not there....the look just kills me and has more to do with why I feed twice a day instead of just once.
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Yep, better if you split it, but it will be fine fed in one go, even twice that amount.

Especially if you're just starting feeding him supplements, while you want to build it gradually over a week or so, I'd be feeding the higher amount, for a couple of months at least, before bringing it down to a 'maintenance dose'. But that is as a rough guide, without a feed analysis. Without knowing what is in his diet already, it's impossible to say how much he will need.
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First, let me apologize with my bad math and my bad memory.

I am going to have to go back and check the scale. I used an old plastic cup the kids use outside and marked the inside with a single feed dose. Thankfully, my husband helped me with the math.

But, it sounds like a single feeding is okay, so thank you everyone. I definitely will post what Purina has to say on the topic.

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Originally Posted by AQHSam View Post
...... my husband helped me with the math.[/I]
Well that explains things.
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If you're only feeding on the order of 1 lb per day, it's safe to feed it all at once.

And as food for thought, when I was comparing RB's I used FeedXL and found that my horse (~950 lbs, QHx) would have needed closer to 2 lbs of Enrich 32 (which is very similar to the new Enrich Plus) to get adequate nutrition. As Loosie already said, though, it depends on what else your horse is getting and how the mineral levels are in your hay/pasture.
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FeedXL is a great tool for finding out a solid estimate of what your horse needs. My easy keeper gets 1# of Poulin Equi-Pro MVP (the local brand's RB) and does very well on it. Be sure to be aware of where you want your horse's weight to be and how active the horse is - that will be the jumping off point for where you should be feeding within the suggested range of percentages.

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