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post #11 of 31 Old 02-13-2014, 08:28 AM
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Your horse is going to be hot, she's a TB. She's probably been lacking energy because she was so underweight and now that she's gaining and feels better, she's coming back to her normal. That said, I don't like to overfeed anything with a lot of sugars in it, it's like feeding a 5 y.o. kid a Kit Kat for breakfast and then expecting him to behave.

I've had excellent results with Ultium and Amplify. The Ultium is around $25/bag here and the Amplify is close to $40 for the 25 tub. Both are cost effective because you really don't need to feed huge amounts to get results.

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Alfalfa pellets? Everyone has mentioned them but to be honest I have never seen them? How are they sold like a regular bag of feed? How much are they??
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I've seen 50lb bags( distributed through Nutrena) for about 15$ here, Tractor Supply also has( their brand Producer's Pride, I believe it's called), and Standlee, 40lbs for 14$.
I always soak anything pellets, had a horse choke on dry pellets. Since you're already feeding beet pulp, you can go half and half with the alfalfa pellets also. Look for beet pulp without added molasses or rinse it off before soaking, to keep the sugar intake low. Anything grain can make aTB hot, my second one couldn't even SEE oats, let alone eat them, but did fine on barley and corn, when he was in hard work.
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Your horse is going to be hot, she's a TB. She's probably been lacking energy because she was so underweight and now that she's gaining and feels better, she's coming back to her normal. That said, I don't like to overfeed anything with a lot of sugars in it, it's like feeding a 5 y.o. kid a Kit Kat for breakfast and then expecting him to behave.

I've had excellent results with Ultium and Amplify. The Ultium is around $25/bag here and the Amplify is close to $40 for the 25 tub. Both are cost effective because you really don't need to feed huge amounts to get results.
I don't like horse stereotypes.. not all thoroughbreds are HOT!!!!!! the lady I got her from had her before she got skinny and she was far from hot at all then she rehomed her and she lost weight due to neglect! It's been only a year of this and she is almost 14!
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I've seen 50lb bags( distributed through Nutrena) for about 15$ here, Tractor Supply also has( their brand Producer's Pride, I believe it's called), and Standlee, 40lbs for 14$.
I always soak anything pellets, had a horse choke on dry pellets. Since you're already feeding beet pulp, you can go half and half with the alfalfa pellets also. Look for beet pulp without added molasses or rinse it off before soaking, to keep the sugar intake low. Anything grain can make aTB hot, my second one couldn't even SEE oats, let alone eat them, but did fine on barley and corn, when he was in hard work.
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Not sure where in Fl you are, but see if you can find a Thrive feed dealer. www.thrivefeed.com


Really good stuff if you can get a constant supply. It became hard to get in New England after a local dealer stopped carrying it. My three horses did amazing on it.
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I don't really soak them. though I do drizzle a little water over the mixture and stir it right before I give it to her. The water helps the ground flax stick to everything.
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Personally, I avoid any sort of feed that has molasses or any sort of grain in it. All that is is sugar and starch that isn't healthy for the horse. It can make them more prone to founder, insulin resistance, colic, and other problems that start in the intestines.

As others have said, alfalfa pellets (yes, they are sold like a regular bag of feed, at my feed store it's about $12 for a 50lb sack). I also add a bit of oil, either canola or pure vegetable, not corn, and if you wish, flax seed. Rice bran is another good product for adding calories without adding starch/sugar. If you need to add a ration balancer, you can, but I've always had good luck with free access loose minerals.
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senior feed is bagged feed, grain free usually, has the vitamins minerals older horses need, usually a little higher in fat content. Many brands out there on the market. it is made to be easier to chew and digest.
I use it on my old horses, and any horse that comes to me underweight .
many grass hays are good hays , to find out how what the nutrients are, it has to be tested.
ask the grower if they know the protein content.
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I am looking for that well perfect FEED! As a lot of you know from my frequent post I have a quite underweight 13 year old thoroughbred mare!

Right now she is on 6lb a day of nutrena pro force fuel and is gaining nicely but seems alittle hot on it? As well as beet pulp with molasses

So my question is what do you feed?? Nutrena Purina, and triple crown, are the top sellers here at my feed store in fl which do you feed and what style of the feed also if possible give me an estimate on price per bag your experience with it are your horses calm or hot

What do you look for in a horse feed.
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first, i would change the beet pulp to plan, no molasses, beet pulp. molasses helps make some horses hot, and sounds like that would be your baby.

i love my purina!!! i have 2 arabians and a national show horse (arab x saddlebred)...and purina feeds do not make my horses hot or crazy. i have recently gone from omolene 200 to ultium competition. the ultium has higher fat and fiber than the omolene, and has lower carbs.

my nsh is extremely hard to keep weight. he had a bladder stone, and the pain made him drop weight like you wouldn't believe. after his surgery, the vet had me put him on the ultium competition and he's doing very well on it. he's a big boy, standing 17 hands with a healthy weight of around 1300lbs. he's currently eating 10lbs per day, and i will be adding a bit more here, soon. the feed is kind of pricey (i pay almost $26 with taxes for 1 bag in kentucky)...but it is so well worth while!!

hope this helps some.
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I like Triple Crown Safe Starch forage with their Low Starch pellets added to that - no molasses in it but high fat so good for weight gain without the 'fizz'
I add sugar beet - only a double handful of soaked and a handful of alfalfa pellets
I feed good hay but I find that if that's all they would get they would not do so well in the winter - mainly because they get bored with it plus the TC has the vitamins, minerals and oils.
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