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    12-03-2012, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
Well currently he is getting 4.35 pounds of grain per day.
I have only had him almost a month too. Not sure if I should give it more time or catch it while I'm ahead. Gah. Too mind boggling
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    12-03-2012, 10:25 PM
I use soaked alfalfa/timothy cubes, 2 quarts four times a day on top of the regular recommended amount of grain that a horse should get at the weight the horse SHOULD be at (not what he is). Then free choice good quality hay throughout the day- soaked hay cubes just tend to reinflate horses :P
    12-03-2012, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
My mare was at 8lbs of safe choice per day plus 30 lbs of hay. If he has had worms though he may be anemic so adding red cell for two months would probably help tons.
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    12-03-2012, 10:29 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JustImagine    
I used to have my Arab on Purina Strategy, and I switched him to Purina Ultium in the fall. He put on a lot of weight and he looks a lot better now. One of the boarders at my barn even used to add wet hay cubes, beat pulp, and cut up apples and carrots to his Ultium and that REALLY put weight on him fast. I love the Ultium, too, because it doesn't get him hot and crazy like some weightbuilders can. I still have him on it, and it's doing well at just maintaining his weight =]
The first picture is right before I put him on Ultium (about 3 months ago), and the 2nd picture is from a few days ago.
I like the looks of this. What's the sugar content? That my big thing, I want something moderately high in fat but won't get him hot with alot of sugar.
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    12-03-2012, 11:17 PM
Green Broke
So talked to my trainer for some insight.

She suggested I put him on Purinas Strategy Healthy Edge throughout the winter cause its higher in fat and continue flax seed. Then in spring switch to regular strategy as its 2% lesser in fat. It also won't make him hot apparently she said.
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    12-04-2012, 06:08 AM
Green Broke
Strategy is high in sugars. I think it feels to sticky. But everyone will have a different opinion on what's best.
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    12-04-2012, 07:14 AM
Green Broke
Is it? She said because it has 'controlled' sugars or something of that nature that it won't make him have any sugar highs. who knows though. Guess ill have to call them myself to find out.
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    12-04-2012, 08:02 AM
I agree with Poppy; my Arab was actually hotter on Strategy Healthy Edge than he is on Ultium, haha.
    12-04-2012, 08:12 AM
Green Broke
Nah that is controlled starches which basically means it's not full of oats and corn. Strategy has one of the higher (maybe highest?) sugar contents of pelleted grain or complete feeds. Not including sweet feed of course.

This is what I feed morning and night along with roughly 25-30lbs of hay per day:


1lb alfalfa pellets
1.5lbs beet pulp crumbles
1oz red cell
.3 oz msm


1lb alfalfa pellets
1.5lbs beet pulp crumbles
1oz red cell
.3oz msm
3oz wheat germ oil

I add the oil at night since that is when I feed so I can make sure it is measured correctly. I make up the feed the night before for the morning and all the BM has to do is add the red cell and some water.

I don't soak my beet pulp, the crumbles are half powder to start so just enough water to wet it all down, soak for about a minute is all then feed. So if you have some made up in baggies for the bf to just dump into a pan and add water it isn't so bad. And I think he can handle measuring oil in a cup :) Oh and my beet pulp is the kind with no molasses.

This program has really helped my girl put on weight. She is a hard keeper and also worked pretty well.
    12-04-2012, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
It says NSC levels for for HC are 18%
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