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post #11 of 16 Old 05-31-2013, 10:27 AM
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I'm looking at magnesium too. Can you test them for it, or do you just start the supplement and see if you notice a difference?
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-31-2013, 10:43 AM
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I just sent a pm so I didn't hijack this thread.
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Only a small percentage of mg is actually in the blood, so it won't show.
It's highly likely that he's deficient , most feeds don't have any added, not even vit/min supplements contain enough. Read Magnesium for Horses | Natural Health for Equines
It gives a little insight on how important mg actually is and which form is the most beneficial.
Getting him off grain would be my first step. Triumph is high grain.
A RB or some hay- or alfalfapellets and ricebran or another form of fat for energy/weight gain and a vit/min would be my choice for this horse.
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Thanks ya'll ...
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I’m not familiar with Triumph, but when I bought my boy he was getting small amounts of an “average” sweet feed. He test rode ok and had an ok attitude, but he also lived on a huge farm in a large herd on acres and acres of land where he was in the middle of the pack.

When I first brought him home he had to stay at a friend‘s horse farm until I could find a suitable companion for him at my place. She also fed him a tiny amount (per my request, as she is really free with the feed) of an average sweet feed and he turned into a real jerk!
Reactive, pushy, and all kinds of things that made me think I had bought the wrong horse.

As soon as I learned about Rbs I switched him and the change was huge!
That, along with some minor ground manner training, and I wouldn‘t trade him for the world!
I can guarantee you though... despite the ground work, if I put him back on any type of grain based feed, he will turn back into a jerk.

He is just one of those horses who should not have grain, and since he is a RMH (who are known for being air ferns) I only feed the RB to balance his forage based diet. And, I love only having to but one bag of feed every three months.

Because I can be a bit particular (not really the word I have in mind, but you get the idea ) I did a FeedXL analysis on several RBs as well as Nutrena's Safechoice pellets, which I like as a regular "feed."
All the RBs I was considering scored perfectly with the other things I give my horse.

I would encourage you to give a RB a try. If you don’t like the results you don’t have to keep feeding it.
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Well, pony got ridden today. And she even moved better and flexed more. Buttttttt, there's always a but right?
She was full full of piss and vinegar! All lil more then expected. Not really an issue I don't think, but it caught our daughter off guard. As pony was ready to run and all she had in mind was a bareback and halter trail ride. But we also had a storm come in that had all of the horses edgy.

So far, I'm glad I switched, or as I switch.
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