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        01-09-2013, 03:39 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    So basically see what he'll eat and go from there ? It's safe though to start with half a pound and work up? I just bought the cubes from blue seal because they don't sell actual pellets. Should I end up working to a pound of alfalfa cubes per feeding so he'll be getting 2 pounds per day? Depending if he eats it of course. And as long as I'm under 5 pounds of feed per day ill be okay?

    Thanks guys!!

    And does it matter if I buy the same brand of cubes Everytime? I got blue seals alfalfa cubes this time but I know tractor supply sells some as well.
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        01-09-2013, 03:45 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Sounds like a good plan. You can go above 5lbs per feeding but then you start working into where it should be split into more feedings a day. Hopefully he will eat the cubes. If Lizzy decides she doesn't want something I mix applesauce in her feed and then its all gobbled up.
         
        01-09-2013, 03:48 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    This horse is a piggy! I'm sure hell eat them. I put him (and my mare) on the omega max cause there's no grass being Ts winter. I hve my mare only on 6oz and she is as shiny as ever! My gelding is on a pound like previously stated but I feel as if we may be at a stand still with gaining more weigt and I'm not sure how bad it may be under all that coat. Although, I doubt he's that bad but better safe then sorry and they're only on the omega max for winter and off it for summer because they're on a 3 acre pasture.
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        01-09-2013, 03:52 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Which brand doesn't matter, really,as long as you see some fiber in it. There are alfalfa meal pellets, cheap, but that's low quality, basically the leftovers from producing the good stuff. TSC has Standlee and Producers pride, both good. Pellets soak faster than cubes.
         
        01-09-2013, 03:53 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    And cubes and pellets are the same thing just dofferent forms? So he wouldn't be hurt if I buy TSC alfalfa pellets next time?

    Ahh so helpful I couldn't thank you enough!
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        01-09-2013, 05:12 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Same base material, alfalfa. I favor pellets, because they soak faster. I sometimes forget to soak.....and pellets, with hot water...10 minutes
    For assessment of his condition, feel through all that pelt, for bones. Spine should be level, no ridge, ribs felt but not prominent, bum round, not A-frame
         
        01-09-2013, 05:37 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    He had no topline when I got him his spine stuck out and so did his hip bones and he had a huge hay/worm belly. And they still rode him for lessons every day....

    Now his bellys picking up and not looking so wormy and his spine is almost gone. His butt still looks like a chubby A. Lol. We're getting there but hopefully these cubes will help!

    So far I soaked the cubes for about 10 minutes and they were still kinda hard. He picked around them but kinda ate them when all his grain was finished. Hoping hell eat it all tomorrow when I have more time to properly soak them.
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        01-09-2013, 05:47 PM
      #28
    Trained
    I found the last 30 lbs are the hardest to put on.
    Soak the cubes for evening in the morning, and the ones for morning in the evening.
         
        01-09-2013, 06:38 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I thought about that as soon as I left the barn! Will do that in the Am for my PM feeding
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        01-09-2013, 07:55 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Now another question- could it grow 'bacteria' if I mix it and leave it overnight in cold water ? A friend told me it could and I should just mix it before I go to the barn but the other half is the one who feeds for me before he goes to work so I have to make it as simple as possible.
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