Originally Posted by DriftingShadow View Post
Thanks Desert and Dreamcatcher!
Dreamcatcher- My vet was all for taking the more minimalist approach as well! He will probably be glad when I call him to discuss the feeding plan you mentioned. He was under the impression I didn't need to be stressing over the different things I fed either, but I was just so worried about upping his grain causing his ulcers to return. I will ditch the senior and get him started on some Ultium. As far as that omolene 400 goes .. we have tried it. Drifter hated it. I tried to feed it to him for 3 days straight and he would paw his bucket and get it everywhere, but never ate a mouthful. I also mixed some omolene 100 with some beetpulp hoping he would eat it, nope. He has a huge aversion to beetpulp. I am probably just going to give up on trying to feed that ha. Thank you again! You have been a huge help.
You're welcome if you find any use for any of this. I've been experimenting and throwing money down the horsey money pits for over 40 years. They're my horses, it's my money and I'll flush it, light a cigarette with it or feed it to a horse if I want to. Any one who doesn't approve can be quiet and go away. Besides, once you get him dialed in to what works, you've learned about no hair coat and blanketing, he'll be fine and turn out to be easy.
I've done the 2 lbs of timothy pellets, 3 lbs of COB, 1/2 lb of ...whatever.....LOL! And out of desperation and a lack of feed variety out here, I went to Strategy, Ultium, Grass Hay because it's what's readily available and mostly affordable. I found I spent a LOT more money by doing the "lab approach" to feeding and I didn't get the results.
I discovered 400 the first year of the drought when I had to stretch the 300 small bales I found, to keep 40 horses still moving their bowels and maintaining weight. Mine may have liked it because if they didn't eat it, they just didn't eat. In a cold climate that stuff's a PIA, so when I was able to secure more hay, I went back to Strategy. They seem to like Strategy as well or better than anything else I've fed.
Sometimes I think we get a skewed picture of what people are thinking on the net or in these forums. Those who don't like feeding grain seem to really push their agenda and those who feel like grain is a necessity get made to feel guilty or like they're bad owners. After all these years, I'm all for whatever works, fits in your budget and keeps your horse healthy and happy. Grain is not a 4 letter word and neither is alfalfa, both can be very useful and effective feeds.