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    12-04-2012, 08:21 AM
Green Broke
What is HC? 18% is quite high. Much higher than I prefer to feed, especially if the horse can get hot off feed. I recently found out that rice bran is about that high so my horse immediately stopped rice bran. She wasn't getting enough for it to make a difference but still, too high, even though rice bran is different than sugar in pelleted feed.
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    12-04-2012, 08:41 AM
Green Broke
Sorry meant healthy edge. Duh haha.
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    12-04-2012, 08:47 AM
Green Broke
Oh yes that sounds about right. It is rather high. I prefer to stick to around the 12% range. I actually just saw how high safechoice is...glad I don't feed that anymore. But if your horse is not prone to laminitis or founder you should be fine. I know rice bran offers a cool calorie of sorts so it has a higher nsc but it won't cause them to get hot like with pelleted grains.
    12-04-2012, 09:39 AM
Green Broke
How did you like Safe choice? I like the looks of that one better but have no experience with it.
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    12-04-2012, 09:44 AM
Green Broke
It was pretty good. Helped with weight a little but just wasn't right for my horse. Every horse is different with what works. My friend just got the perform version which has higher fat and protein so I would think that would be better. If I were to switch to complete feeds I would probably try the perform first. Or compete lol. Can't remember exact name. I will get link to it when I get back to my computer.
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    12-04-2012, 09:53 AM
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Your horse looked pretty good in the summer shots so I think you had sorted the worm problem and as long as the pasture isnt infected and you are sticking to a programme then I don't see that as the problem.
Its sometimes better to buy a complete pelleted feed than spend time trying to balance fats, vitamins, minerals etc yourself. I use Sentinel senior (because it suits all of my horses) and add some sugar beet and haystretcher pellets
It could just be that your horse feels the cold more than others, all the food you're giving him is just about keeping him warm - in fact its not even doing that which is probably why he's losing weight
Can you not give him a bit of help this winter with a blanket or at least stall him at night with ad lib hay so he gets all he needs and not bullied off by others?
    12-04-2012, 10:01 AM
Green Broke
Here is the link, looks like I would actually go with the Original as I hadn't looked at the breakdown of the perform.

SafeChoice Horse Feed by Nutrena

But yes I agree with Jaydee that a blanket would help tons. More than just a sheet. Make sure it is waterproof and depending how cold it gets either a medium or heavy weight.
    12-04-2012, 10:08 AM
Green Broke
Please note that I didn't let him get this way--I just bought him. I don't have stalls available to me besides one that is used for my mini. Currently he isn't bullied off his feed. He has a huge winter coat so I'm nervous about adding a blanket to the mess as he might sweat. Hell, he was dripping swet yesterday when it was in the 50s as opposed to the 30s as normal.
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    12-04-2012, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
If he is sweating in the cold he can be losing weight that way. My girl is a hard keeper but I clipped her for winter as I still ride and she was getting way to sweaty. Sweating then getting chilled is never good.
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    12-04-2012, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
Ya it abnormally warm yesterday and he was sweaty. Took temp just to make sure and everything was fine. :( darn horses. He's never done that before though while I've had him
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