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    02-16-2010, 03:01 PM
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When you switch over the the Triple Crown Senior you need to give it a while to see how she does with it. I wouldn't worry about upping or cutting back until you see how she does with this feed. It may just make a world of difference. It did with mine. I switched him from Equine Senior to Triple Crown Senior, same amount of feed and he ended up putting on weight with it. His poop went from runny to solid and he actually did much better with it. I have since added alfalfa cubes since it is winter.
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    02-16-2010, 03:01 PM
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No you wouldn't. Vets are very good at coming up with a plan that best suits an underweight horse. I think you would completely benefit from a decent vet.
    02-16-2010, 03:02 PM
I would bet the vet could do a ration table as well as a nutritionalist. I think they might teach something about nutrition in vet school but I don't know.
    02-16-2010, 03:03 PM
I woudl go with 3qts (approx 3lbs) 3X daily until she is where you want her...

Beet pulp is up to you she can have up to 6lbs of it daily which is alot of beet pulp LOL
    02-16-2010, 03:04 PM
Vets do ONE semester of general nutrition. So unless your vet has taken extra EQUINE nutrition it is a wasted vet trip
    02-16-2010, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Peggysue    
I woudl go with 3qts (approx 3lbs) 3X daily until she is where you want her...

Beet pulp is up to you she can have up to 6lbs of it daily which is alot of beet pulp LOL
I followed her advice once and it made a world of difference with my horse.
    02-16-2010, 03:07 PM
Shes been getting 3.6 lbs a day wich is 4 qts the past 2 ish weeks. As I cut from 3qts 2x a day because if I gave her the full scoop she wouldent finish her hay.

So I think i'll start with 9 qts a day (3 qts 3 meals) and the 2 qts beet pulp 3 x a day for a month or two and maybe cut out the beet pulp and grain at lunch time if she ends up not needing it . Its a waiting game now. I'll take pictures saturday then the 3rd saturday after being on it and then the 3rd saturday after that see how it works.

I just wanted to make sure it wasent too much per meal. That's all I asked =/
    02-16-2010, 03:09 PM
Originally Posted by barnprincess    
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.
I would guess that most vets have a far better idea of how to feed your horse than a bunch of people on the internet do.

There are lots of vets with pretty extensive nutritional training. Have you called the expert practice you say you always use and asked them for input? If nothing else I am sure they can give you the name of a nutritionist.

I admit it, I am confused. You are now saying she needs more feed but in the other thread you were pouncing on anyone who suggested she was still underweight.
    02-16-2010, 03:09 PM
Originally Posted by Peggysue    
vets do ONE semester of general nutrition. So unless your vet has taken extra EQUINE nutrition it is a wasted vet trip
Please do not pigeon hole all DVM's. Our practice has a doctor that specializes in pretty much everything. If they don't know, the university is just a phone call or e-mail away.

A vet can do a blood panel to see what the mare is short on. There may be nutrients her body is not utilizing correctly.
    02-16-2010, 03:10 PM
No I have not asked my vet... and I have a nutrisionist in the area I can call but its not cheap..

Again, all I asked was if the poundage was too much per meal. Far from that I don't need your opinion on who I should call to ask.

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