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        06-27-2011, 03:41 PM
    Question Proteins

    I'm trying to figure out how to gave my mare enough of proteins in her diet, so she would develop some muscles easier (especially on topline). I know alfalfa is a good source of proteins, but the shop I buy in, doesn't have it. The nearest shop that has it, is one hour away and mom doesn't want to drive so far.
    What about grass? How long should she graze to eat enough proteins (the same quantity that alfalfa would provide)?
    Any other food that is good for horse and contains proteins?
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        06-28-2011, 10:23 AM
    There is a supplement called Lysine that helps build their top line. You might try that if you are open to using supplements.
        07-02-2011, 04:40 PM
    Thanks for advice, I'll try it if I find it. Never heard of it before :P
        07-03-2011, 01:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Soybean meal is the best source. You just have to be sure your horse isn't soy intolerant.

    Feeds for Light Horses

    Where it says (you have to cursor down quite a ways):

    Soybean meal (42 to 50 percent protein). Soybean meal is a preferred supplement for horses. It is higher in protein, has a better balance of amino acids and is cheaper in the Midwest than other supplements.
    I fed my 13.3H Arab 1/4 cup daily, divided into two feedings.

    An equine nutritionist told me if I started to smell a really strong ammonia smell from his urine to cut the amount back because that was his body trying to get rid of the excess protein it no longer needed.

    Once the spring grass came up, I was able to cut his soybean meal back to 1/8th cup daily.

    He is 25 years old, I rescued him 18+ years ago starving; he has never had a lot of muscle and literally eats more than my three Walking Horses put together.

    He also gets 3 lbs of very well soaked timonthy/alfalfa cubes every day because he has four molars missing.

    Your feed store might carry soybean meal. Sadly I can only get it in a 50 lb bag and the Arab is the only horse that eats it --- at 1/4 cup a day so it stays in the house to avoid getting buggy

    It is cheap, though
        07-03-2011, 03:53 PM
    Thanks :) I'll definitely try this.
        07-03-2011, 04:27 PM
    Instead of soybean meal, go with soybean chips or flakes. It's the whole rolled bean. It doesn't spoil,attract bugs and get greasy like SB meal does. It's somewhat lower in protein but the lysine content is the same. The other advantage is it's about 20% fat compared to 3%.
        07-04-2011, 04:51 AM
    Ok, thanks very much :)

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