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    03-27-2013, 11:01 PM
Well tomorrow I plan to go to town and I'll just feed the oat/cracked corn mix to our calves. So what exactly should I buy...We have a Big R and a Farm and Home near us. The feed store I usually shop at carries Reign and Saddle 12% if anyone has heard of that.
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    03-27-2013, 11:09 PM
Beet pulp. Keep it simple to start. Just hay, beet pulp and minerals. If that isn't enough you can look at other options later. Especially when you don't have a strong horse to begin with, you don't want to throw a whole lot of different things at them because if something upsets them you'll have no idea what it was.
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    03-27-2013, 11:17 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Beet pulp. Keep it simple to start. Just hay, beet pulp and minerals. If that isn't enough you can look at other options later. Especially when you don't have a strong horse to begin with, you don't want to throw a whole lot of different things at them because if something upsets them you'll have no idea what it was.
As far as my QH goes what feed would you recommend. She doesnt need to gain any weight she looks great. For my Granny I'll stick with the beet pulp, hay, minerals for sure!!! Thanks!
    03-27-2013, 11:31 PM
A balanced senior diet would be good. Purina Horse Feeds - EQUINE FAMILY
I would feed her all the hay she can eat. Two pounds of feed a day is really just a little treat to keep them coming when you call. It is not enough to make them gain weight. With the senior diet, you can follow the label. If you use a grain, you need to increase slowly. Gradually get up to 6 pounds a day or more. You really should get your vet to look at the horse and make sure she is ok and discuss her diet with him/her.
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    03-28-2013, 12:52 AM
Agree with NM. I'd keep it simple, start with the beet pulp(or ricebran, alfalfa, etc are some other healthy high energy alternatives) & see how she goes. If she picks up on that, great. If after a few weeks or more she's showing no signs of improving, then I'd think about adding something else. A little oil or copra or such can be healthy 'weight gain supps' to add if necessary.

Don't know that I agree with free choice minerals tho - have heard of horses apparently 'OD-ing', but haven't looked into it enough... but definitely think appropriate nutritional supps to 'fill the gaps' is a good move. or consulting a nutritionist(independent of feed co's) will help you work out what your horse may need, with her specific diet. As you're feeding beet pulp anyway, you could just add a powdered supp to that, or feed a 'ration balancer' type feed.

Celeste, yes, a *good quality* 'balanced' senior feed may well be good. I personally don't think you generally get that with Purina though. And it depends what else the horse is getting in their diet as to whether it is indeed balanced. They're usually grainy/starchy, often sweetened, so it would also depend how little & often(or otherwise) you can feed as to how appropriate they may be.

I also want to comment on amounts. While 2lb may well be nothing for some horses, it depends what's in that 2lb for starters, but may be quite adequate or even too much for some horses/some ingreds. OP is also the new owner & recently introduced this feed, so small amounts are vital to start with. While you may well want to feed 6lb or more daily, that would also depend on how often you can feed - I wouldn't feed more than about 2lb per meal, max.

As for your QH, PM, if she's a good weight, doesn't sound like she needs extra than grass/hay. If she's an 'easy keeper' you may have to monitor her intake & maybe even restrict it. I'd opt for a powdered or very low dose pelleted 'ration balancer' for her, to give her the necessary nutrition without adding substantial calories.
    03-28-2013, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
The meal plan that really helped my hard keeper put on weight so now she is not such a hard keeper is just alfalfa pellets, vitamin/min supp and top dressed with canola oil and of course all the hay she could eat.

She gets about 2lbs alfalfa per feeding (which is 2x a day) with one scoop of vitamin with oil on top.

This is the vitamin I use. Farnam should be easy to find. The Mare Plus instead of the Vita Plus has more vitamin A.
Farnam Vita Plus Feed Supplement - Mills Fleet Farm
    03-28-2013, 07:36 PM
Loosie, the free choice minerals I use are Hoffmans. Nothing in there that a horse would OD on. There is a bit of selenium I think (I'd have to go check again to be sure), but it is so little that a horse would have to eat soooo much of the minerals that they'd have a pucker mouth from it! :)
    03-28-2013, 07:41 PM
Many of the loose minerals are designed to feed free choice. I have been doing it for years and have never had a problem with it. Well except one problem. My husband is bad about stealing the bag of minerals to put out in the woods for the deer and then I run out...................
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    03-28-2013, 07:48 PM
My senior horses ( aged 30+) get hay free choice Alfalfa. One 3 quart scoop of Dumor Equistages for lunch. At dinner they get a scoop of dumor, two scoops of alfalfa and molasses, and a presoaked scoop of beet pulp.
My scoop is the three quart size. This keeps them Maintained. They are pretty much toothless and nothing makes them fat , I took them off the senior feed as the Dumor has the same protien, more fat, so I use Less Oil, and does not have the condrotion. The sr feed did have brewers yeast, but for a jar of 100 tabs, I can go to walmart for 3.50 and add that. I give most of the feed at night they have all night to eat it. I like them to eat more hay during the day. I did not see that the condrotion was doing any good. In fact, they have more energy on the dumor and are not as listless. Also the Dumor cost less, and they have not dropped any weight since the change. Oh and Dumor is made by Purina.
    03-28-2013, 07:53 PM
If they can eat it, that is great. I feed my senior horses a locally produced feed that has a similar analysis to the name brand senior feeds. If they get so that they can't chew it, then I will go to the name brand, probably Purina because it is available here. Their big selling point is that is makes nice soup. The local brand turns disgusting if you wet it.

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