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    10-25-2012, 06:14 PM
Beet pulp doesn't put weight on overnight; it takes several months, which is why I start it now before the weather gets too cold.

You want a feed that doesn't pack on the pounds immediately. The idea is to bring their weight up slowly, and then maintain it.
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    10-25-2012, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Beet pulp doesn't put weight on overnight; it takes several months, which is why I start it now before the weather gets too cold.

You want a feed that doesn't pack on the pounds immediately. The idea is to bring their weight up slowly, and then maintain it.

Since I have a hard keeper who could eat his way through a feed room and lose 10lbs, I feed it year-round to him. The beet pulp, unlimited hay and some Strategy are finally keeping him at a good, consistent weight.
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    10-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Green Broke
I feed Nutrena SafeChoice and I've always had good results with it. There are a ton of good quality feeds out there and it's not really what's the best feed, it's what's best for your horse/s. I'd stick with a high protein/high fat feed. I'm not sure how you fed the beetpulp but I've never had bad or no results with it. I'm not sure what exactly you you tried with it but I'd try it again..Have you tried the gelding on Farnam Weight Builder? I start my hard keeper on it and she stays at a really nice weight. It also doesn't matter what grains and supplements you're feeding unless you have nice quality hay and roughage.
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    10-25-2012, 06:30 PM
Exactly, Drum.

Good quality hay should be the mainstay of any horse feeding program, and you build the rest of it around that.

My horses get Trotter more for the vitamins and minerals that might be missing in their hay, than because they actually need feed.

Clean, unlimited water and mineral/salt blocks round out the program.
    10-25-2012, 06:47 PM
They have access to ponds in their pasture(s) and I make sure to keep salt blocks out for them.

I am also buying my own hay this year to give to them, as my uncle buys cattle hay and he buys it really cheap. I found sawbriars and all sorts of things in it when I was looking at it last winter...
    10-25-2012, 06:48 PM
Green Broke
What is this clean water you speak of? Surely your horses missed the memo that the water trough HAS to have dirt in it for it to be drinkable..

Fun fact - When I bought Nikki I had to put goldfish in the water trough..Yes, goldfish.. Talk about a finicky horse, she has to have it just her way to drink..Has to have her own water bucket at shows or it's unacceptable.

Ponds?? Like sitting, misquito, bacteria infested, fish poop water?? Would you want to drink that and expect to stay healthy?
    10-29-2012, 11:54 AM
Yes, ponds. We have four of them in our pastures. Three in the big pasture (the 50 acre pasture that the cattle and other horses are in) and one in the smaller pasture (that my horses are in, though there are a few cattle in it as well... but only about four). None of our ponds have fish in them and they are pretty clean in general. I and my cousins go swimming in them during summer. One or two of the ponds are spring-fed via underground spring.

I am looking into fencing a small area (about an acre or two) in around mine and my great grandmothers home later next year to keep my horses, and if I do manage it, they will have access to water via trough... but I have so many other, more pressing matters to attend to right now (getting one of my horses sold, buying hay, and saving up to get my horses vet stuff done before hard winter hits) that fencing in an area isn't my priority right now.

I had to lower my horses feed a little bit, because they were leaving feed in their feed pans and weren't eating everything... so I lowered the amount of Alfalfa Pellets they were getting. They are now all getting 1/2lbs of Alfalfa Pellets with their other feed staying the same and are eating it all instead of wasting it.
    10-30-2012, 12:18 PM
You need to try and feed them small amounts slowly. If you were only feeding that stuff for two days and you're already feeding 3-4lbs a pice, you're running huge risk of colic. Especially since they aren't use to that food and being fed every day, etc.
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    10-30-2012, 12:18 PM
Feed twice a day, if possible. More than once for such large meals.
    10-31-2012, 02:31 PM
Switch to Triple Crown Senior....very digestible...high in fat/fiber....textured feed wich is good for digestion and reduces risk of choke. It also is a beet pulp based feed which gets their forage intake up and can help stretch their hay.
Instead of having all those add ins.....get a quality feed with all the correct, quality and neccessary ingredients in the bag :)

I feed it to my colt and open barrel horse. Great stuff.

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