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    06-13-2013, 11:52 PM
  #11
Weanling
I used Enrich 32 to try to get my older mare up to weight, and I tried it out with the boys as well to see if it made any difference, for 2.5 months.

Honestly I didn't see a whole lot of difference. I didn't change anything else about their feed either- I kept giving them their normal grain and hay portions. The thing that DID help was alfalfa. It makes them shiny and hardens their hooves :)
     
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    06-14-2013, 01:58 AM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by disastercupcake    
I used Enrich 32 to try to get my older mare up to weight, and I tried it out with the boys as well to see if it made any difference, for 2.5 months.

Honestly I didn't see a whole lot of difference. I didn't change anything else about their feed either- I kept giving them their normal grain and hay portions. The thing that DID help was alfalfa. It makes them shiny and hardens their hooves :)
Ration balancers are low calorie, they wouldn't help a horse gain weight unless they were having problems holding weight due to a nutritional deficiency. Alfalfa is a high calorie feed, so that's probably why that helped more.
     
    06-14-2013, 09:55 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Ration balancers are low calorie, they wouldn't help a horse gain weight unless they were having problems holding weight due to a nutritional deficiency. Alfalfa is a high calorie feed, so that's probably why that helped more.
I'm sorry, I didn't explain what I meant at all

While I was letting my mare gain weight, I put my other boys on Enrich 32 as well, who do not have any weight problems, to see if their demeanor, condition, overall appearance changed. There was slight improvement, but nothing drastic that would suggest they had a deficiency before. My mare did gain wight though.

I'm a nutritionist so I believe correct nutrition (NOT overnutrition) will cure anything, including weight, soundness and even temperament issues, for people and horses :)
     
    06-14-2013, 10:07 AM
  #14
Foal
Has anybody ever tried something called barn bag. I opted for a ration balancer over a granular vitamin mineral because I just do not see how one ounce can pack all the nutrients that a RB can.
     
    06-14-2013, 12:04 PM
  #15
Yearling
Subbing, I've been wanting to learn more about ration balancers.
My boys are doing great on 1-2 lbs of strategy GX with a complete supplement, but one is such an easy keeper that he can thrive off of straight grass hay (I just love the shiny sleek coat Strategy gives him).
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