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  • 14% ozark trail horse feed

 
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    03-31-2011, 01:58 PM
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Ok, got the tag off the new bag of grain.
It is called 14% Ozark Trails.

Crude Protein:14%
Crude Fat: 2%
Crude Fiber: 22%
Calcium:1.0-1.5%
Phosphorus: 0.6%
Copper: can't tell, tag ripped, but I it's either 7.0 or 70 ppm
Selenium:0.3 ppm
Zinc:250 ppm
Vit. A:4000 IU per pound

A full average size coffee can weighs 3 lbs. As of yesterday they are getting 6 lbs of grain, with about 4 tbs Fat supplement added, which is mainly soybean oil and wheatgerm oil and Vit. E.
Nutrition info for this is:
Crude Fat: 98%
Linoleic Acid:48%
Vit. E: 100 IU/lb

The grain label says for an idle horse weighing 800-1000 lbs they should get 14-16 lbs of grain per day?! Holy cow! That just seems like a lot to me.
It is a "complete" feed and says it can be used to meet all the forage needs. The only problem I have with it is it is pellets and Chanti bolts her grain and then the pellets swell. I'm worried about her choking but I may start wetting it a little, just not sure how she'd like that.
     
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    03-31-2011, 08:50 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
The only thing I'm concerned about is he didn't go to school for it. Another farrier in the area that I used to use, but quit using him years ago, taught him and then he went and got certified with the Working Farriers Association but since he's the only one I could find we'll give him a shot but if he trims and shoes anything like his teacher I suspect he'll only be out once.
Of course we can all learn more on the subject & the more someone understands the principles the better. So saying, I guess it depends where you go to school as to what you learn & whether it makes you good, bad or indifferent. Here in Oz, farriery is unregulated and I don't know the proportions, but many farriers are not formally schooled. From what I've seen, that doesn't seem to necessarily say anything of their knowledge or skill tho, because they seem to only learn the superficial stuff in the courses anyway & pick up most of their true knowledge out in the field. I've known a few fantastic self taught farriers and some rotten 'professional' ones. That said, your last comment above would make me hesitant. While I don't believe all that call themselves 'barefoot trimmers' are good any more than I think all farriers are bad, if you have a reasonable understanding about it & can find a good 'barefoot' person, that may be best.

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I will try to get good pics of her hooves later today. I know there are some problems with them, the right front toes out more than the left, there is more wear on the outside edge of the hoof wall on the fronts, she's flat footed on the fronts which makes her prone to bruising, longish toes in front and thrush that has seemed to stick around all winter because it's been very wet.
Yeah, good pics will help. Toeing out & uneven wear may or may not be due to the trim, but is likely other body issues are contributing at least. Flat footed(make sure you protect her feet when necessary to avoid those bruises & allow her to move properly) & long toes are no doubt part of the prob leading to cracks, thrush, etc. Ensuring she's on a healthy diet & kept a good weight and getting her feet in shape should also get/keep her joints in good shape.
     
    03-31-2011, 09:00 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by horsecrazy84    
Ok, got the tag off the new bag of grain.
It is called 14% Ozark Trails.....
The grain label says for an idle horse weighing 800-1000 lbs they should get 14-16 lbs of grain per day?! Holy cow! That just seems like a lot to me.
It is a "complete" feed and says it can be used to meet all the forage needs. The only problem I have with it is it is pellets and Chanti bolts her grain and then the pellets swell. I'm worried about her choking but I may start wetting it a little, just not sure how she'd like that.
What are the ingredients? Yeah, of course the maunufacturers will tell you to feed lots - they want you to buy lots! I presume to 'meet all the forage needs' it must be predominantly made from chaff/hay? Is there a prob with feeding chaff/hay instead of this? Regarding your horse bolting it, everything's best fed little & often, but also putting a couple of bricks or large rocks in her feed bin should help slow her down.
     

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