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post #11 of 16 Old 03-17-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Addendum...I got interruptesd and then couldn't edit :)

I did a good ten days or so of pretty intense research on equine nutirition before I even brought the horse home which is why I have the addition of the rice bran pellets and the pre/probiotic.

In all this, however, the point may be moot. The extra turnout time he is now getting, and had only just started when I initially posted, seems to have settled him. Will see in any case.

I DO appreciate the advice :)
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Sounds like 'within the realm of what you can afford' is no more than you're currently doing? Then my suggestion(to avoid further expense thru avoidable health probs down the track) would be not to feed any of that junk food, request he's given more hay if necessary & give him a good quality nutritional supplement to balance his diet. Of course, educating yourself on equine nutrition/digestion is also a very good idea, so that you can have a better understanding of what & why certain things & practices are good, bad or otherwise.
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Have you thought about asking the barn owners if your rate would change if you bought the feed for your horse versus them buying it? If you are not satisfied with your horse's current feeding regimen, then you should change it. I don't foresee a problem with them lowering your board if you buy the horse's feed, instead of them. That way you can feed your horse what you want, instead of whatever they want. I have personally had success with Omolene 200, you only have to feed a minimum of 0.35 lb per 100 lb of body weight, so for a 1,000 horse, it would get 3.5 lbs a day. It has all of the vitamins and minerals that the horse needs, so you would be able to stop buying all of the additional supplements.

It's just a thought for you to consider though.
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That seems like a lot of pelleted/"processed" feed. He must be a big boy! If it were me, and I am no expert, I would try quality alfalfa (you didn't say what kind of hay) in a pound amount appropriate for his size 3x daily, and a good supplement if you are worried about nutrition. If he seemed "lacking" in calories from that point, I would add the pelleted feed or oats.

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Addendum...I got interruptesd and then couldn't edit :)

I did a good ten days or so of pretty intense research on equine nutirition before I even brought the horse home which is why I have the addition of the rice bran pellets and the pre/probiotic.

In all this, however, the point may be moot. The extra turnout time he is now getting, and had only just started when I initially posted, seems to have settled him. Will see in any case.

I DO appreciate the advice :)
Replied to last before I saw above. I'd probably mix the nutritional supp & probiotics with some ricebran & straight chaff. If he's only to be fed twice daily, I'd be keeping the hard feeds small as well as low starch/high fibre. Extra/full time turnout is also very important for digestive health.
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Some times it's not about the feed......its more about an undernourished horse has less energy than a horse that is in good weight and feeling well.....his energy is something you might have to learn to channel so it does not become a problem.

We had a TB/TW that got a little underweight and we add some more food to her diet......her energy level picked up and she got a bit hot......but we continued to ride and school her out of her "hot" moments and things settler back down...she still had the extra energy but it was now better directed.

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