Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Too much supplementation at any age can be counterproductive. If she's grown 4 inches in a month, I'd be concerned. Her bones are growing faster than the ligaments and tendons can. If you're feeding less than the recommended amount of the UG and supplmenting with GC that's one thing. If you're feeding enough UG for her to get everything she needs to grow properly than adding GC, you're asking for trouble or at least just wasting your money.
The aflafla pellets are going to be higher in calories as well as have a higher nutritional profile than grass hays. Yearlings have a finite amount of hay they can eat so if she's filling up on high fiber grass hay and loosing weight, you have to come up with a higher caloric option. Start her with 1# at each meal. She should easily eat 3-5# in addition to her regular hay.
yeah I know that it can be bad to oversuppliment.. that's why the vet said after this tub of gc is gone to discontinue it as she doesent really need it anymore.. I was concerned with her growth as well but the vet said she was so malnurished and not fed properly for a time.. so now that she is getting proper nutrition she should grow more.. but it did concern me so I did ask her about it.. and here probably in a month or two she will be weaned slowly off the ug and put on the regular grain the others are on.. which I don't buy its made here locally.. my instructor has been feeding it for years and she says its good grain, and I take her word for it.. I just wanted to make sure I wasnt overfeeding her or underfeeding her as the alfalfa pellets does not have directions, its just in a big burlap bag.. or to make sure I shouldnt cut some hay because of the alfalfa pellets.. and I weighed a scoop a scoop of grain is 1lb roughly not 1.5 I was told to weigh it to make sure so I did