Horse feed - getting a fatty on my hands!

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    07-19-2010, 04:08 PM
Unhappy Horse feed - getting a fatty on my hands!

So I have been trying to find a great feed for months now. I was using Seminole Wellness Senior for my 3 horses but I sold 2 of them and kept my 3 yr old who I changed from the Senior to Leisure 10.

When he was on the Senior, his coat was shining, his hair was growing and his attitude just seemed better over all. Now, his coat is dull and he seems to be more anxious than he was before.

He is on 6 acres of grass with water so he basically grazes all day long and gets grain 2 x a day. Since putting him strictly on the Leisure 10 about a month ago, I have seen a massive weight gain!

We recently added a 14 yr old ISH as my hubs horse and he had to be slowly started back on grain as he was off feed completely for a few months. We started him on the Leisure 10 also but I am thinking of going back to the Senior or something like it.

I LOVED the Seminole Wellness Senior and would like to find something close to that. I have looked into other Wellness feeds but it's hard to find ( only one store in the area carries it ) and wondered if anyone had suggestions to other feeds that are Low-starch, Low- protein that has a great balance of minerals, "roughage" and vitamins?
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    07-19-2010, 05:42 PM
How many pounds of grain are you feeding? Why are you feeding senior feed to a 3 year old?

Maybe you need to limit the grass time......if he's an easy keeper

How many hours of exercise does he get?
    07-19-2010, 05:54 PM
Not sure on exact weight of feed but he gets a scoop and a half ( standard feed scoop )

He was alittle under weight and I really didn't want to feed different feeds so I just put him on the senior too, made it easier for my BO.

There really isn't a way to limit his grass time as the barn doesn't have doors on the backs of the stalls ( not my ideal barn but it's what I can get until I can have my own barn on my own land )

He only gets the exercise he gives himself on the 6 acres because of the 100+ weather we have had lately, plus hubs crazy work schedule and without him watching our 2 kids, it's hard to go out to the barn for more than a few minutes before it's just too hot for the kids.

Once Fall hits and I can be out there more ( thanks to cooler weather and one kid starting school ) I will be able to work him at least 3 times a week plus once a week with a trainer, so total 4 times a week starting September 1st.
    07-19-2010, 05:54 PM
He could also be eating the other horses feed which could be the reason for his weight gain but I haven't seen a change in the other horse so I don't know.
    07-19-2010, 05:58 PM
Do you really need to even feed him grain at all? Isn't the grass sufficient for him?
    07-19-2010, 06:10 PM
That's what I am wondering? Just worry about him not getting enough nutrients from the grass to keep him healthy. I miss his shiny coat and the Leisure 10 just isn't making him look how he used to look. He is dull and round!

The ISH was fine on just grass.

Just hoping come Winter, he won't hog all the hay!

We are talking about putting him by himself to see if that makes a difference or not.
    07-19-2010, 06:23 PM
Mine eat nothing but grass. If you are worried about his coat add in some fatty foods, like oils. Brushing will help distribute oils too. A dull coat is many times due to parasites. Have you had a fecal done lately?
    07-19-2010, 06:40 PM
No I haven't.

His coat was really nice until I took him off the Wellness feed and put him on basic pellets so I know that's the main reason for the change. Plus he is rolling a lot and is getting really dirty.
    07-19-2010, 10:49 PM
Why not just give him Seminole Equalizer to balance the pasture and drop a bunch of calories that way ...
    07-19-2010, 11:10 PM
Personally, I would take him completely off all the extra feed and just see how well he does on just grass. Does he have access to shelter or is he outside all day? Sometimes, a horse that is outside for large chunks of the day will get sunburned hair and that can cause them to be dull and crappy looking.

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