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post #1 of 7 Old 10-30-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Supplements and feed! Help!

So I have a nice 15.3 paint, and he got rid of the hay belly but now he's thin and even ribby, I really feel like he needs some extra extra... His neck and rump and legs are in good shape, but his back, and belly need that muscle protein! I want that shine back!

I was wondering what I should give him?

I was considering,

Purina Equilizer
Purina Roughage
Purina Elite
Purina Integri-T

I don't know which is best! Or if theres anything else. Purina I know I can get! Other feeds in different brands are very very very hard to get.
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I'm not a huge fan of Purina at all because they use Least Cost formulations, which mean your ingredients in bag to bag are going to vary, based on what they can buy cheapest.

However, a "recipe" I follow is a ration balancer plus a nice fiber source.

I'd go with Enriched 32 at a pound per day, plus their Senior (or preferably Welsolve, since it IS a fixed formula) at 4-8 pounds per day.

Ok crap...I just see that you're in Canada, so the names are different...I'm not sure which of the feeds I like correlate with the feeds you listed. Do you have any way of finding out?

You can ask your feed person for the ration balancer plus one high in fiber/fat. ESPECIALLY FIBER. The lower starch you can find, the better it is on their guts.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-08-2011, 09:51 PM
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Agreed, TwistedWire, I don't like Purina feeds, and I would feed him something(s) high in fiber and fat. My recommendation would be beet pulp, because it has quite a bit of fiber, and rice bran, it has a good amount of fat in it, and it makes their coats really shiny! I noticed beet pulp and especially rice bran, are good for not only develop weight, but a nice fill look to them.

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I would see if you can find fat smart made by matrix (otter co-op in aldergrove b.c.) I have been feeding it for just over a month, my horse loves it and he has put on a lot of weight, there should be somewhere that sells it over there.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-10-2011, 07:24 AM
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Add me to the "I am not a Purina fan" but if that's your only choice use their ration balancer not a mixed feed in a bag

Age of the horse, living environment, and what it's job is can also make a big difference as to whether or not it needs specialized vitamins.

My next best thought to is contact the closest university with an equine facility and ask to speak with an equine nutritionist.

Purina has plenty of those but don't talk to them. They will tell you the world is flat unless you feed their feeds and supplements - then it will be round again
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Yeah, generally(I think there are some exceptions) I'm a cynic about nutritionists that work for feed companies - I mean, they're getting paid to say good things about their company's products & convince people to buy more of them after all. That's why I like FeedXL's services - they're independant of any feed co & will give unbiassed info & advice on whatever product.
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I would add a probiotic....they can oftentimes have amazing results.

We use Purina strategy....we like it. The TB farm we used to board at also used it and had great success with it in regards to keeping the horses' weight up and their general overall condition.
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