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    06-06-2012, 01:29 AM
I love Strategy and Strategy Healthy Edge. If you can't get the Healthy Edge, see if you can get Ultium. It's also an excellent weight gain feed and very high fat and will make him SHINE like you can't believe. It's not cheap but you can add like 1 lb per day and see a difference, I like to feed Strategy to the level needed and then add 1 or 2 lbs Ultium to the feedings and you can see them pack it on and gain weight and condition. They don't get hot with either feed, separately or together.
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    06-06-2012, 01:43 AM
Green Broke
Another vote for Strategy.. I feed it to one of my barrel horses because it's a pellet instead of a textured feed but it does hold all of the nutrients I look for in a feed. The Strategy should work well for you. Adding beet pulp is a good idea, it's cheap and really works for a weight gain boost. I would also add a free choice mineral block to the horse's diet..Even with high quality feeds and roughage a horse may not be getting all of the nutrients and minerals it needs..A mineral block helps fill those gaps.
    06-06-2012, 01:55 AM
Thanks every one so much for the information! This will be his 4th week on Strategy and he is looking wonderful! No more dry/flaky skin, his mane and tail is no longer slightly dry and brittle and his personality has really come alive! Took him on a quick trail ride this afternoon and he had his head up looking at everything, was prancing and enjoying the wind, it was just so wonderful to see this side of him! Before Strategy, I felt like he was the bay version of Black Beauty at the very end of the movie when he's at that feed auction (horrible example, but you get my idea). He was such an inquisitive, easy boy but All Stock was doing NOTHING for him and I love this fun challenging side that his new weight/energy is bringing out. I feel like I have an actual 7 year old Appendix as opposed to a 40 year old with no life left in him
    06-06-2012, 02:09 AM
Green Broke
Good!! I'm glad it's working out for you both.
    06-06-2012, 02:12 AM
I am posting some pictures to get yall's advice on whether I'm thinking the right range of weight he still needs to gain (around 100 lbs or so).

The first picture is a picture of the first day I moved him to my barn. Not a full body pic because he was so busy running around to see everyone, but I think it gets the "skinny issue" point across. His ribs and such were fairly prominent.

The mud picture is around the same time period. I just used it because again, you can see the outline of his ribs and other areas too well for my taste.

The night picture (please excuse the glowing eyes, phone loves to take glowing eye pics) was about 2 weeks ago (so two weeks into ownership). He had gained some weight and was starting to put on a tiny bit of muscle.

Pic of him standing is fairly recent and is also the pic of him in my avatar. He is picking his head up, more alert, and is really starting to develop more muscle even though he still has a long way to go.

Last pic was taken today. It's a horrible picture of him so please don't judge but it gets its job done.

So what does everyone think? Can yall see improvements too or am I just fooling myself? Would love insight/advice/whatever! Thanks :)
    06-06-2012, 02:17 AM
Green Broke
Strategy is great, but if you can get them to order in Ultium for you also by Purina it has more fat and will work faster and save you money. Both are great. I started out using Strategy, then Ultium, added in the amplify supplement its 30% fat. I add a tad of ultium cause they just love it.
    06-06-2012, 02:27 AM
Green Broke
I can see a difference..Just keep up what you're doing for him..Adding the beet pulp would be a big help too..Mineral block is also a good idea..
    06-06-2012, 02:31 AM
He has a mineral block and I had heard about the beet pulp! I have read that beet pulp should replace their grain? Is that true? Or should I just mix it with his normal feedings of Strategy during the day? And how much beet pulp should I give?

Sorry for the loads of questions, just wanting to double check I do everything right. I want him to gain weight and be fit. Not just gain weight and be fat ha ha so I am always trying to make sure I have a big understanding of what I am doing and WHY I am doing it beforehand. So I can make educated decisions and figure out what is best for him. Thanks!
    06-06-2012, 02:39 AM
Green Broke
Asking a ton of questions is great, not a bad thing for sure..

I just buy the beet pulp shreds, soak them for a few minutes, then mix it into the horse's normal feed..If your horse doesn't like the soaked shreds there are also beet pulp pellets you can buy.
    06-06-2012, 02:43 AM
Thank you DrumRunner :) You've been an amazing help!

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