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    10-18-2012, 03:01 PM
Total Equine Feed?

I have a 13 year old quarter horse mare that is a hard keeper. She is on a medium-heavy work load with riding 4-5 times a week.
I also own a retired 30 year old draft X gelding, he is a hard keeper.
I am thinking of trying Total Equine Feed because I have heard good things about it.
Can you really feed just 4 pounds a day? What do you think about it?

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    10-18-2012, 06:14 PM
I'd avoid it (especially for your draft cross due to the high 27% NSC; drafts are more prone to insulin resistance and similar conditions) It doesn't seem like the vit/min content are high enough for a horse to get adequate copper/zinc/vitamin A/vitamin D/vitamin E from 4 lbs, and it's not particularly high in fat, so I don't think 4 lbs would keep weight on a hard keeper, either.

What are their diets now?
    10-18-2012, 07:49 PM
I've been feeding my 7 year old Arab/Saddlebred mix Total Equine for over a year and have been very happy with it. I changed to it at the recommendation of my farrier and his feet are in really good shape now. He had no hoof walls left and crushed heels as a result of poor shoeing, so this is much better.
That said, I wouldn't recommended it for hard keepers. My horse weighs barely a 1000 pounds and he is 16.2 hands tall. Certainly a skinny dude, but you cannot see his ribs. My farrier keeps telling me you cannot compare a greyhound to a bulldog.
The other issue we've been having is that he is short on energy. A NSH should not be as lazy as he is, it's unnatural. So, though I don't want to take him off it, I am looking to add something for additional energy. Haven't made up my mind yet on what specifically, but am considering alfalfa, oats or energy supplements. Will check with my vet (also BO) tonight.
Hope this helps.

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