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    09-07-2012, 01:01 PM
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Green Broke
Is this the block your vet recommended? DuMORŪ Horse Block, 33.3 lb. - 2222276 | Tractor Supply Company

If so, I'd definitely skip it. Your horses would have to lick/bite 3-4 lbs of it a day to get enough lysine, copper, zinc, etc. and by then they'd be way overloaded on salt.

Most vets have limited training in nutrition unless it's something that they have decided to specialize in specifically. So, yes, consult your vet, but make sure what they're saying makes sense, and in this case I don't think it does.
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    09-07-2012, 01:41 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Be careful of some vit/min supplements- not all of them provide balanced nutrition (a lesson I learned with my horse!)
Do you mind me asking what happened?
     
    09-07-2012, 07:49 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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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!
     
    09-08-2012, 10:38 PM
  #14
Yearling
Yea. My vet said she doesnt have a huge amount of experience with nutrition. Just the little bit they learn in school. And I have had a hard time finding a nutritionist in my area. So I have been trying to do my own research. I found two that seem good. One is made by nutrena empower balancer. And the other is called equalizer, and I believe that one is made by seminole.
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    09-09-2012, 05:11 AM
  #15
Yearling
I love the Nutrena Empower feeds. I see such a major difference in my old pony's coat. She looks 10 years younger since I switched over.
     
    09-09-2012, 05:51 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
And I have had a hard time finding a nutritionist in my area. So I have been trying to do my own research.
Then, at the risk of repeating myself like an ad for them, I highly recommend FeedXL Horse Nutrition: The D.I.Y. Equine diet planner - IMO paying the small amount for the subscription has saved me a ****load on unnecessary or inappropriate feed & supps. It's great to be able to weigh up the choices nutritionally before buying them.... & funny but the horses almost inevitably need less than the package recommends!
     
    09-09-2012, 04:40 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Then, at the risk of repeating myself like an ad for them, I highly recommend FeedXL Horse Nutrition: The D.I.Y. Equine diet planner - IMO paying the small amount for the subscription has saved me a ****load on unnecessary or inappropriate feed & supps. It's great to be able to weigh up the choices nutritionally before buying them.... & funny but the horses almost inevitably need less than the package recommends!
I did look into this. And don't mind paying. The problem is, I only have internet on my phone. And it wont let me pay with a card on the internet. If I ever get time. I will run to the library.
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    09-09-2012, 09:44 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Empower Balance is a good one- it's my back up choice if I ever can't get my Triple Crown 30% Supplement (since it's only carried by one store in my area, and they usually have to bring it in from one of their other branches when I need more)
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    09-11-2012, 02:50 PM
  #19
Foal
I had a hard time finding a ration balancer without molasses. My gelding was overweight and having signs of sublinical laminitis epsidoes. He has always been a very easy keeper who puts weight on very easily. We went through a lot of testing for hypothyroidism, IR etc.

I currently feed Gro n' Win and I'm very comfortable using the product. My gelding has been doing very well on it and with some hard work he has even lost some pounds.

I also looked into Triple Crown but its not available in my area. KER All Phase is also suppose to be a ration balancer without molasses. I chose the Gro n' Win because of how much more familiar with it I am. Usually most brands make a ration balancer but take a look around and find what will be best for your horses needs.
     
    09-14-2012, 09:51 AM
  #20
Green Broke
I started my horse on Progressive Proadvantage Grass Formula (ProAdvantage Grass Formula) 10 days ago and I am already seeing a slight difference in his weight/topline.
He was on Strategy but was ballooning out on it, getting fat over his croup, etc.

So far so good, I will keep this thread posted on his progress. I will also post before and after pics.
     

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