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post #1 of 29 Old 02-16-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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OKay so I was just wondering how much poundage per meal is ok.

Ginger is getting
6lbs triple crown senior
6lbs beet pulp
Per DAY. Split in two feedings (3lbs each per meal).

Is that too much? That's 6 lbs per feeding . Should it be broken into 3 meals or is it okay in the two meals ?

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Didn't Peggy Sue already help you with this in another thread?

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OKay so I was just wondering how much poundage per meal is ok.

Ginger is getting
6lbs triple crown senior
6lbs beet pulp
Per DAY. Split in two feedings (3lbs each per meal).

Is that too much? That's 6 lbs per feeding . Should it be broken into 3 meals or is it okay in the two meals ?

Thanks!
Some where between the list and the last two lines she switched from 6 pounds per day to 6 pounds per feeding.

From looking at her photos and reading that you say she has free choice hay I would say that is not enough.

I assume the weight of the beet pulp is dry?

I vote add another meal with 3 more pounds of each (so 9 pounds of each total for the day) until she fills out a little more.
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Talk with your vet. We can't give solid advice on how to feed your horses. We all have our opinions on ginger's body condition, and you don't like our answers.

Having said that, feeding too much is better than feeding too little.
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well she's starting the senior feed this week she's been on the complete.

Sorry if I confused you lol

Do you think I can just do 9 lbs of the senior in 3 meals ( 3 - 3 - 3) and cut the beet pulp back ? Beet pulps just as expensive as the grain haha.

I looked up the pound -> quarts from triple crowns site and tc senior is 1.08 lbs per quart. I looked up beet pulp and it said 3 qt is 1.8 lbs. That's a lot of beet pulp for such little poundage.

The beet pulp was generalized so i'll have to weight mine to see if that's acurate enough.

I just sat here and did the calculations

AM
6 qts beet pulp = 3.6 lbs
3 qts senior = 3.24 lbs

PM
4 qts beet pulp = 2.4 lbs
2 1/2 qts senior = 2.7 lbs

Grand total 11.94 lbs a day ? Is this right? If that's right then i've been off on my calculations of how much beet pulp she's been getting >.< she's only been getting 2 - 3qts 2x a day of the beet pulp. Normally 2 qts b/c she gets too full and sometimes when I give the 3 qts beet pulp she wont finish her hay.

SO with that said, help ? LOL im confusing myself again ugh.
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Having said that, feeding too much is better than feeding too little.
sure if you want her to founder... too much can kill her..
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You are far from having the problem of too much killing her. I hope you get the feed worked out in order to get her where she needs to be.

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last I checked when I was feeding her 6 qts 3x a day each meal of southern states select line (cheaper version of the triple crown, same company) I was told she'll founder so I had to reduce it. To 3 qts 3x a day. I don't need her foundering..

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I think im going to start with 2 qts beet pulp 3x a day and 3 qts of senior 3x a day see where it gets her in a month and adjust from there. I was just wondering if any one else had any input. Being there already is beet pulp in the feed.
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Since you always post that you work with some wonderful vets please call the practice and have them come out and figure out a feeding program for this mare.

When trying to put weight on them it really is easier if you go to more meals. Adding lunch could make a huge difference!


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last I checked when I was feeding her 6 qts 3x a day each meal of southern states select line (cheaper version of the triple crown, same company) I was told she'll founder so I had to reduce it. To 3 qts 3x a day. I don't need her foundering..
At the top you said she gets fed 2x a day. How is she now getting fed 3x per day?

The feed has lots of things other than beet pulp in it. I think adding beet pulp when trying to add weight is a good idea.
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vets are not nutrisionists.... big difference in the knowledge of each feed. So technically i'd have to get a nutrisionist out not a vet.
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