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post #1 of 6 Old 09-04-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Has any had a Ration Balance making a horse hot?

I have an insulin resistant horse that I was feeding Triple Crown Low Starch at the recommendation of the vet. Contrary to most stories, he can be a hard keeper, especially in the winter and looses weight. All the Triple Crown dealers in my area has gone out of business. I am thinking of switching to a Ration Balancer instead but the other horse at my place can become hot (highly energetic) very easily. Since Ration Balancers are such high protein I wonder if any one knows if a horse becomes hot on Ration Balancer. I don't want to have to go to feeding 2 different feeds but will if I have to.
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Even tho RB' s are high protein(30%), they're fed at usually one lb/ day. So that one lb high protein will not have any negative effect. I have my horses on RB. None of them are hotter than before. They are bright and lively, because they get the nutrition they need, but not hot.
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What deserthorsewoman said. There's the same amount of protein in 1 lb of a 30% feed as there is in 3 lbs of a 10% feed, and nobody worries about the protein levels of even a 12% feed being fed at that rate. I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement, and I wish I could get him a little more 'hot'
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The only problem is that she has never been feed 3 lbs of regular feed. At most, she gets about a 1 lb.
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You should be fine. I feed my TB mare a ration balancer and she does not get hot from it.

Protein does not make a horse "hot". It is a common misconception. Sugar makes a horse hot, thus why the change from sweet feeds towards safer feeds like high fat/high fiber feeds.

I only feed 1lb of feed a day.
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I will probably will try it. I will just start her off with a little and work my way up but she doesn't need anything right now, she is fat on grass right now.

For Oreo, the one that is Insulin resistant, I will slowly switch him from his Triple Crown Lite to the ration balancer as I run out of the Lite. He has Lite because the last time I needed feed, I couldn't find any of the Low Starch.
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