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post #21 of 25 Old 04-27-2010, 12:38 PM
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When my horse gets like this as an Anglo-Arab so pretty much all the time! When she wants to go and fights me my god she goes i make her go the speed she wanted and its constant untill i decide to let her stop ie when she is tiered they then learn whats easy and whats hard! Also in regards to turn out try no grain at first my youngsters are on nothing and tough or even a quarter scoop so there not left out with vegetable peelings mixed through to bulk them out!
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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** update **

I just wanted to thank everyone for their suggestions. I have tried all of them and almost everything has worked! One month post-feed change, he has made a huge change. He is now on blue seal vintage performance and only 1/4 scoop of that once a day. I honestly did not know how much the BO was feeding him...only to find out that he was getting a 'heaping scoop' of straight sweetfeed TWICE a day! Yikes!

He is still Nico, a firecracker that wants to go all day. The difference that everyones suggestions has made is that he now 'wants' to go...not 'needs' to go. We went on a 5 hour trail yesterday and he was content to go my speed.

We still lunge 30 minutes before every ride which has made him even 'beefier' than he was before. When he starts getting a bit much, we circle. It started out that we were circling every 10 strides. Now, it has been a week since I have had to circle him at all.

When things were bad, I did consider trading him. I was so grateful that the trade fell through because I just love his guts. Now that we have this speed-demon under control, he is for sure in his forever home.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed! This was my first experience posting on this board and it was very helpful.

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post #23 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 11:49 AM
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I wish I could cut out his grains. I just think that he would probably be pretty angry if all his buddies were eating and he had to stand there empty handed.
So what if he is mad? Sometimes I make my kids do things that make them mad because I know that it's beneficial to them. Cut out the grain and then work on it like a training issue. Slow him down then give him some slack and when he speeds up again slow him back down. Do leg yields and ride in zig zags around obstacles to get him thinking about something besides forward and get him paying attention to you. You are not even riding him moderately hard so he shouldn't need grain to maintain his wieght. If he does lose some wieght then add alittle grain back to his feed.

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post #24 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by corinowalk View Post
I wish I could cut out his grains. I just think that he would probably be pretty angry if all his buddies were eating and he had to stand there empty handed. We've got it cut back a good bit. He does work a good bit and im afraid of him thinning down...Im just at a loss. In every other aspect of our relationship, he is perfect for me. And even when im riding him, i still love riding him. I've tried working on slowing him down...which he can do but resents it.
I would get your sugars as low as possible.......grain should be the first to can always feed him a pelleted ration balancer so he thinks he is getting grain or a few alfalfa cubes...personally I don't really care if my horse is mad about not getting grain........I would feed him low sugar hay and if you are worried about him loosing weight you could give him free choice or add some alfalfa or even some oil.

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post #25 of 25 Old 05-17-2010, 12:27 PM
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Look at Blue Seals Sunshine plus it is a vitamin/mineral supplement in pellet form...

that way you are providing all his nutritional needs without the extra "hot" factor or calories :)

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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