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    03-22-2011, 08:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Has anyone ever fed COA?

I was previously feeding my horses Strategy but my gelding kept choking, so I took him off the pellets and just on a 10% sweet feed and alfalfa. However, a friend of mine suggested what she feeds, COA. Corn, oats and alfalfa mixture...she also puts a little rice bran. I had thought I had heard corn is hard for horses to digest so I wanted to get some opinions. Also any opinions on any different feed to switch to. Both of my horses are pretty easy keepers, but I have noticed my mare has dropped a little weight since she's been off the COA. Thanks!
     
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    03-23-2011, 05:58 AM
  #2
Foal
Sorry, I have no advice but just wanted to say that the horses in your avartar look like they are having fun
     
    03-23-2011, 06:41 AM
  #3
Started
Corn is 70% or more sugars an starches
Oats are 50% or more

So no I owuldn't feed it

Do you have current pics of your horses?

I would find a good quality hay and a vitamin/mneral supplement to start with and add calories as needed
     
    03-23-2011, 12:28 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Kano32    
sorry, I have no advice but just wanted to say that the horses in your avartar look like they are having fun
They were! :)

Peggysue - here are a couple pictures...any advice would be great. :)



     
    03-23-2011, 09:33 PM
  #5
Started
OK

The first horse doesn't NEED anymore weight at all if he were mine I would be taking a bit off in fact LOL but he looks good at this weight too. Just a tad heavy

The second horse needs more nutrition then the first looks young and growing

What's your zip code ?? PM it to me if you want and I am super busy so it may take me some time to get back to you
     
    03-23-2011, 11:56 PM
  #6
Foal
The 1st one has lost some weight since that picture, I don't have a more current picture of her. That was when I first got her and she was on the COA. She looks more fit now though. The 2nd one, my gelding, he's actually 12 years old...not ribby at all. His hind end isnt nice and rounded like I like it but I think it might just be how he is built.
     
    03-24-2011, 10:15 AM
  #7
Started
The second one looks YOUNG LOL increase your protien and that will help the muscles in his hindquarters and fat will help with picking the "roundness" up a bit...think Rice Bran or Flax
     
    03-24-2011, 10:18 AM
  #8
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by TxCntrySweetheart    
I was previously feeding my horses Strategy but my gelding kept choking, so I took him off the pellets and just on a 10% sweet feed and alfalfa. However, a friend of mine suggested what she feeds, COA. Corn, oats and alfalfa mixture...she also puts a little rice bran. I had thought I had heard corn is hard for horses to digest so I wanted to get some opinions. Also any opinions on any different feed to switch to. Both of my horses are pretty easy keepers, but I have noticed my mare has dropped a little weight since she's been off the COA. Thanks!
I would go back to the root - why was the horse choking? Was he bolting the food?
     
    03-24-2011, 10:52 AM
  #9
Trained
Have the horses teeth been checked recently ?
     
    03-24-2011, 02:07 PM
  #10
Foal
Ill try that, thanks Peggysue!

He had his teeth floated about 8mo ago, I've felt around and didnt feel any sharp edges.

As far as his choking, I talked to a friend after it happened and she said she had the same problem when feeding Strategy, the pellets tend to have dust. I switched to the sweet feed which helps him salavate more and he hasnt had any problems or anymore choking at all.
     

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