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post #11 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 03:50 PM
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My vet told me that when feeding at large quantities the brand or name doesn't matter as much as the whole feed. He told me look for a complete feed that had a minimum %6 fat and %14 protein. So basically he was saying all those little differences in feeds, like between brands didn't matter as much when you feed for quantity. So when feeding for calories in that is what matters, calories. Of course don't put in empty calories like us eating doughnuts lol.
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post #12 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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So do you think I should keep him on the omega max as well? It seems to be helping but would that be too much along with alfalfa pellets and the grain? And should I feed the pellets 2x a day?
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post #13 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 03:58 PM
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Well if you don't think the increased omega was doing much you could go back to the amount you were feeding then add the grain and alfalfa. I wouldn't pull the omega completely. I would also feed alfalfa in each feeding to keep them evened out.
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post #14 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 03:59 PM
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She means that Safe Choice is cheaper than the LD senior.
I was suggesting the senior because it worked for my mare. Not a fan of the Safe Choice...sorry
Alfalfa pellets: start slow, half a pound dry weight per feeding, then work your way up. I mix it in with the feed, soaked, so they don't fuss about supplements. Mine enjoy it a bit warm when it's cold out.
How much to feed depends a bit on how much he will eat. If he leaves some, he's obviously full.
As long as it doesn't freeze in the feeder he can finish it later( unless he is with another horse, of course).
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post #15 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 04:11 PM
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Haha I know you don't like it but I had to mention they are pretty similar when you break it down by main ingredients :) although I won't feed any of it.

And one more thing to add that I am going back and forth about with my mare. Ulcers. I'm debating treating for a month to see if it helps anything since they are so common and no way in this lifetime will I pay to scope just to see for fun.
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Does she show any signs? If not, I wouldn't worry too much. You do feed alfalfa, no grain, and hay always. So you're good to go. Besides, she has certain sensitivities, so giving a chemical just in case could trigger things you really don't need.
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So maybe do a pound of the omega a day and 5 pounds of grain and start doing a pound of alfalfa a day mixed in so its even with the omega? (Unless he leaves some ill back it down) but I can do half a pound in the Am and in the Pm soaked with the grain and omega. Do you think that might be too much feed at one time or are there any risks feeding that much?

Sorry for all the sily questions. I worry more about him cause I'm sure his coat is hiding what I cannot see. But once he's up to weight I'm sure hell be an easy keeper
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love beet pulp, puts the weight on the ottbs better than anything else.
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post #19 of 47 Old 01-09-2013, 04:24 PM
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That's only 3.5lbs per feeding, you're fine. If you go past 5lbs per feeding then worry.

Desert I am going to pm you instead of hijacking this thread :)
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So maybe do a pound of the omega a day and 5 pounds of grain and start doing a pound of alfalfa a day mixed in so its even with the omega? (Unless he leaves some ill back it down) but I can do half a pound in the Am and in the Pm soaked with the grain and omega. Do you think that might be too much feed at one time or are there any risks feeding that much?

Sorry for all the sily questions. I worry more about him cause I'm sure his coat is hiding what I cannot see. But once he's up to weight I'm sure hell be an easy keeper
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Yeah, keep the omega, at least as long as he doesn't have access to green grass.
Half a pound soaked alfalfa is not very much, just watch if he finishes, and add more slowly. If he consistently leaves a good portion of it, it's probably too much.
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