Introducing Whiskey-He needs a new diet

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Introducing Whiskey-He needs a new diet

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        07-23-2013, 04:17 PM
    Introducing Whiskey-He needs a new diet

    Hey all! This is Drifter's newly turned 4 y/o brother Whiskey. It has been deemed by my vet today during Whiskey's PPE/x rays that he is NOT done growing. No sign of damage from work by previous owners (he was jumping 3'9 consistently by 3 ) which is great, but vet said to keep him lighter work for a bit. Which is no big deal to me, I've already noticed some holes in his training so we are going to start over from square 1.

    Anyways- main question. Whiskey's owners sent him with a bag of the food he was currently on. He was on a grass mix hay, with limited turnout time and got 3/4 of a quart scoop of Wrangler Sweet Feed 2x per day.

    Currently we are trying to get him on grass by allowing him a little bit every day over a period of 2 weeks. He is in a dry lot the rest of the time because my vet said it would be better for him to move around. I want to eventually switch him to Purina Ultium, which is what Drifter is on.

    My concern is, with introducing grass into his diet as well, how soon can I go about switching his feed? I have started already with 3/4 his food, and 1/4 Ultium. Can I just continue the way I usually switch or should I take extra care and time since he is also being introduced to grass? Does that change anything?

    Also, due to his limited/non existant turnout time he is on a round of ulcerguard. I had some left over for Drifter when I trailer him to a show/etc and my vet and I agreed it couldnt hurt. He showed some of the signs.

    Here is a picture of him. He needs to grow into his legs a little more, and needs a good bit of weight. OVerall though, I am very happy with him I think he is going to turn out to be a pretty nice boy. Drifter is in love already, but it doesnt take much for him to like something



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        07-23-2013, 04:36 PM
    Changes to diet should be done gradually so as not to cause digestive distubances. When he's on the dry lot hang a small mesh hay net stuffed with hay. It will slow down how fast he eats which means better digestion which aids with weight gain.
        07-23-2013, 04:43 PM
    Thanks saddlebag! He has a hay net in the dry lot, I probably should have clarified that. I know you change feeds gradually. When I first got drifter we changed his feed over a course of about 2 weeks, but it was just his feed. He was used to grass.

    Does whiskey also being new to grass increase the length of time in which I give him to get used to new grain?
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        07-25-2013, 03:38 PM
    I would take it a little bit slower than you would with one that is used to grass. Just extend it a day or to . Insted of doing 3/4 Wrangler to 1/4 Ultium for say 3-4 days then do it for 5-6 days.

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