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    04-09-2014, 09:04 AM
Yup, the crestiness is a sign of IR. That of itself is commonly a cause of laminitis(founder), but yes, the stress of being cooped up could be a cause too. Good on the farrier for recognising & alerting you to the 'sub clinical' signs of laminitis!

You shouldn't be cutting down on grain, but cutting it all together. The reason for feeding grain(altho there are generally healthier alternatives anyway) is for extra energy/weight. Sounds like your horse already has way too much of that! Your horse needs a 'low carb', plain diet, with *appropriate* nutritional suppliments, especially Magnesium. I'd stick to plain, pref. Native, grass hay & give a very small(like handful or 2) feed of copra meal or such, to mix supps in.

The reason I'd stay away from those feeds(& almost every other taylor made 'fast food') is I'd want NSC levels under 10%, I'd want low/no added Ca, and high Mg(not present in either of those at all). Have to say, I'm with the mob who don't think much of Purina, for one because they don't use fixed ingredients or give full analysis.

So, you do not want to feed grain at all. Due to it's high starch/sugars and difficulty to digest, it can be problematic, esp to already laminitis prone/IR horses. Beet pulp is high energy(& also high Ca), so I wouldn't be feeding much if any of that either. Whatever you decide, I'd look at feeding extra Mg & chromium too. Or use a supp such as Heiro, Remission or GrazeEzy
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    04-09-2014, 05:55 PM
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A ration balancer and some timothy pellets and/or beet pulp. Add spoon or two of magnesium.
I don't think you can find Poulin grain that far south but they have several feeds where the NSC is under 7%.

I tried to let my fatty just have her ration balancer and hay but she acted like her throat had been cut so I found low starch things to fill her up a bit. You are going to have to fiddle a little to see what your horse does well on. The magic number seems to be keeping it at 10% or under for most horses.
    04-09-2014, 08:45 PM
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My IR horse couldn't even handle a ration balancer, still too high in ESC and starch. He's now, until new hay comes in and can get tested, on the emergency diet, with soaked timothy pellets, 10g extra magnesium, California Trace minerals, extra vit E and flaxseed. The hay is fed in slowfeeder nets, he's never out, and he's lost a good 150lbs and trots and canters on hard packed dirt without a problem.
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    04-10-2014, 06:37 PM
Suzie is very very upset with the switch.... And due to switching her slowly its not even fully the new stuff =/ My vet will be out anyways Saturday and I plan on talking to him and seeing if what I've decided to do is ok. Supplements are a no with this girl. She won't take them. Won't touch anything that has anything added. I don't know how she knows, and she WILL eat a hoof supplement I give in winter. If its offered by hand and I haven't tried to "hide" it in something else. They have a mineral block, and get loose mineral salt as well, that she won't touch *rolls eyes* I would do what I do for pills. Make oatmeal, crush the pills up and heap brown sugar in, mix and give to her. But I don't think getting a supplement into her that way is a good choice. Everyday getting that much sugar =/ The TC Lite has a lot of vite. And if she will eat it may be my best option for now. My plan is to get the weight off, and her switched to this. And I'm still going to try and turn her out this summer on the range field. And just watch her, if she starts gaining weight or some other symptom shows up I'll bring her home. But she's going to be alone here.
    04-10-2014, 06:38 PM
Also, she's getting two pounds a day. And I plan on slowly cutting that back. Till she gets 1 only. Half am, half pm
    04-10-2014, 06:42 PM
I'm hoping catching this early, as her founder was so mild that again. She was never lame. And she's only had the cresty neck since last summer. And the rest of the deposits and weight came this fall and winter. That if I get her cut back, in shape. And watch her like a hawk, she can still live the life she has been. Failing that I will have to then start her switching over to dealing with what she will have to. Supplements and whatever the vet thinks she should be on. And being home during spring and summer by herself if need be.
    04-10-2014, 06:47 PM
If you are planning to only feed one pound, you should be feeding Triple Crown 30%. Otherwise she's only getting about half of the daily vitamins that she needs. Soaked unmolassed beet pulp is pretty low sugar and many horses like it, so you may be able to mix that with new supplements/feed. Soaked beet pulp is the key to getting just about any supplement into my horses. It doesn't take much at all either. My easy keepers literally only get about one handful soaked and mixed with their powdered supplements, and they slurp it right up.
    04-10-2014, 09:57 PM
Originally Posted by ToManyHorsesAndOnePony    
Suzie is very very upset with the switch....
I liken switching to a healthy alternative from junk food just like a kid who's allowed to eat Coco Pops every day suddenly only being offered All Bran

Supplements are a no with this girl. She won't take them. Won't touch anything that has anything added. I don't know how she knows,
Um, I'm guessing smell & taste is how she knows. You can get more or less palatable supps - eg. I choose to feed mine a 'ration balancer' pellet because it's palatable & I don't want to give them a big feed that I can mix less palatable stuff with. Obviously your 'hoof supp' is palatable(why does she only get in winter??) Mg is also a supp they often don't like(bitter taste, surprises me that some horses seem to enjoy it), but mixed with a handful of copra meal, I find just about anything will go down(& I have one very fussy boy).

They have a mineral block, and get loose mineral salt as well, that she won't touch
Yeah, they don't get much at all from a mineral block, even if they licked for hours a day, so sounds like she's getting nothing as far as extra nutrients, which could well be a bigger prob than too many calories/carbs. It's been found that if mins such as Mg for eg. Are adequate, horses don't suffer from IR & laminitis, even if they are fat.

Supplements and whatever the vet thinks she should be on
Unless your vet has also studied equine nutrition, he may not know much about the subject. I suggest you do your own homework & also consult a nutritionist(not one that works for a feed co tho), rather than a vet, unless he is one too. is another site you can learn more from re nutrition as it relates to soundness.

Re 'low grade' or 'sub clinical' or 'mild' laminitis/founder, it generally starts like that, goes unrecognised, until it progresses to lameness. It is also so common for people not to even recognise distorted hoof capsules, so it can even be chronic with major mechanical changes, even to the level of bone degeneration, before lameness becomes obvious & laminitis is diagnosed! It is uncommon for a horse to 'suddenly, out of the blue' develop acute laminitis/founder, but because owners(& many farriers, even some vets still) don't recognise the 'early warning signs', they ignore it until it 'suddenly' becomes a serious issue. If only everyone, like your farrier, noticed & took preventative action at the early signs, I believe the vast majority of 'real' laminitis/founder cases would not exist.
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    04-14-2014, 09:50 PM
Shes still on 3 pounds of the new feed. Perhaps a better choice is just keeping her there? They get get NO feed of any kind during the summer. Other than if something seems to be missing when I check on them(3-4 times a week) or if they are are chewing wood/eating wierd things. I add a ration balancer just for the vitamins. I have tried everything supplement wise because once I saw she wouldn't eat them I was curious. So far the only one she will touch is the one hoof one, and I've tried some that look/smell kinda the same. I do have to say I love my farrier. He has no issue pointing out any problem he sees, even if it doesn't involve the feet. He's pointed out things I've missed a few times. And ALWAYS see's things I've already found, but not not him about. He seems to care about my fellows as much as I do. And he's brought their feet along wonderfully from where they were! I did notice something today though. All my horses are eating dung =/ The new horse was doing this, and it seems mine have picked it up. (all but the blind pony but then he couldn't have seen her doing it.) I was going to go and pick up a vita. Supplement just in case something was going on. Should I be doing something else instead of that. And suggestions on which vita supp?
    04-14-2014, 09:51 PM
Also! Whats anyone thing about adding maybe a cup of the min salt to her water(she comes in to eat her special food) To assure she's getting some of them

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