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post #11 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 04:16 PM
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Don't trust the feed company nutritionists. They're only allowed to recommend that particular brand of feed, and most are encouraged to recommend expensive or high quantity feeds. They'll usually tell you to feed 5-8 lbs (or more) of one of the upper level feeds everyday, which IMO is WAY too much grain, even for a hard working horse or a hard keeper...

Free choice hay is the way to go, and buy th ebest quality you can for a hard kepper. Increasing the alfalfa would help if you can't do free choice grass, and getting rid of the sweet feed.

Good luck.
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 04:27 PM
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I give my hard keeper beetpulp twice a day along with hay. Sometimes she gets a little bit of oil in it. She loves it and is finally getting nice and chubby :)
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 05:10 PM
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this is great stuff. Thanks I have a horse that is a little harder to keep weight on. She has been moved to a place that she gets fed free choice hay everyday and she gets supplements, senior grain and beet pulp. She did'nt like beet pulp until I mixed it with senior and she loves it.
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 05:43 PM
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My hard keeper who weights 1100-1200 lbs at a healthy weight gets 6 lbs of Seminole Compete Safe, split in the morning and evenings, along with usually 18 to 22 lbs of hay a day. If he needs more hay, then I give it to him, so he's basically getting free choice hay. He also gets a Grass Balancer block along with a regular salt block to lick on. I switched his diet to this a couple months or so ago and he's already looking better and gaining weight.
Here's the link to the Compete Safe and the Grass Balancer block so you can see what's in them:

(Compete Safe) http://www.seminolefeed.com/seminole...ompeteSafe.pdf

(Grass Balancer block)
http://www.seminolefeed.com/pdf_file...mineral_03.pdf

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post #15 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 07:08 PM
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I would say get rid of the plain sweet feed. Get something made for building weight, and I would get alfalfa pellets or cubes and BOSS, to add to the grain.

My mare was losing a little conditioning being on just her hay, which is a grass mix. So I started with adding some alfalfa pellets, and a bit of wheat germ oil, and she has gained what she lost quite quickly, and is actually getting a bit pudgey without being worked as frequently as she was this summer...Lol!

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post #16 of 16 Old 12-29-2010, 06:01 PM
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Don't trust the feed company nutritionists. They're only allowed to recommend that particular brand of feed, and most are encouraged to recommend expensive or high quantity feeds. They'll usually tell you to feed 5-8 lbs (or more) of one of the upper level feeds everyday, which IMO is WAY too much grain, even for a hard working horse or a hard keeper...

Free choice hay is the way to go, and buy th ebest quality you can for a hard kepper. Increasing the alfalfa would help if you can't do free choice grass, and getting rid of the sweet feed.

Good luck.
True they do recommend there brand so I call the nutitionist of the brand I choose to use. I trust them and they do not have me feed 5-8pds or upper level. I actually feed less than a pound a day per horse on there suggestion. Not every one is dishonest and out to get you. I think someone may learn something and they do not have to take it as gospel. You also won't have 30 different people disagreeing on what to feed like on this type of forum
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