Originally Posted by aforred
Do you mind me asking what happened?
When I first bought my horse and brought him home, I had him on just rice bran and Dynamite vitamins (which were left over from another horse) with the intention of starting him on a ration balancer once the vitamins ran out. He had been trimmed (poorly) right before I brought him home, so my farrier came out to put shoes on him, but didn't really have anything to trim off. 8 weeks later when he came again, there was still barely any growth. He didn't need to use the nippers, and several of the nails ended up going through the same holes. A week or two later, I ran out of the vitamin and switched to the ration balancer- no other feed changes- within 3 weeks I was calling my farrier to come out asap because his hooves were looking really long and definitely weren't going to make it to 8 weeks!
About that time I tried out FeedXL and found that Dynamite was barely providing any of the copper and zinc (necessary for hoof growth) needed in his diet. The ration balancer I'm using now actually has roughly the same amount of copper per ounce, but I'm feeding 20 oz instead of one!