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post #1 of 9 Old 11-09-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Opinions on good feeds.

I have a 9 year old standardbred. I'm moving him in a few weeks to a different barn. I would like to put him on a nutritional feed to keep him healthy. He will be doing light/medium work...training 3-4 times a week for about an hour. Right now he gets 2 1/2 pounds of grain feed twice a day and hay...He looks amazing on the feed he's on now, but the barn he's at has it specially made so I will have to switch once he moves to the new barn. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-09-2013, 10:04 AM
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My Arabs are getting Strategy Healthy Edge right now are doing very well. Gives energy without getting them all hot. I've also used Life Data Lab's Pellets, which was good but they didn't seem to put the muscling as fast. It really comes down to what is available in your area and picking the best from there.
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Thank you! :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-10-2013, 09:06 PM
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To know what your horse needs for nutrition, you need to know what he's getting/will get from his basic diet first. Ideally a grass/hay analysis would be most accurate, but something like the FeedXL.com program can help you do a reasonable basic analysis without knowing this.

Grain may be a reasonable option for your horse, but it's generally problematic for horses, who can't digest it easily, and commonly develop gut problems from high starch. If you're going to feed grain, oats are a pretty good option, and other grains are variously more problematic. But there are other healthier options for more calories, if your horse needs extra, such as lucerne/alfalfa, beet pulp, soy hulls, etc.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-11-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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I'll check that website out, thank you! I'm thinking about getting Triple Crown Complete. Its beet pulp based.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-11-2013, 02:41 PM
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I like Triple Crown products, but if your horse is doing fine on 2.5 lbs of grain right now you probably won't want to feed him the 5 lb minimum that TC Complete recommends. Feeding less than the minimum means your horse won't be getting the full nutritional benefit. TC Lite might be a better option- it's recommended to be fed at a rate of 2-4 lbs for a 1000 lb horse
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-13-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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MY horse is getting fed 2.5 lbs twice a day so 5 lbs total daily. I've read some really great review on Triple Crown.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 09:39 AM
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I only feed grain to a horse who needs to put weight on. Having said that, I always go for a grain that is high in fat and also top dress with Cocosoya oil. My very favorite grain is Tribute Kalm Ultra with 12% fat, which is only available in Ohio/Michigan area. :(
My second choice is SafeChoice Perform.
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