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post #11 of 11 Old 05-14-2011, 01:58 PM
Green Broke
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Producer's pride really isn't that great of a feed. It might be okay for an easy keeper or maintenance on an adult, but I would get a better quality for your guy.

When I brought Rascal home last May - this is what he looked like as a yearling:

He felt even worse than he looked. The hair hid his ribs, but you could easily feel every one and his hair just felt gross. He was also very tiny - only 12.2 hands.

I didn't want to over do his system so I started him on good clean local grass hay, some pasture time and alfalfa pellets. Oh, and a free-choice mineral block. A very simple diet, yet it had a good amount of protein from the alfalfa.

A little over one month and a good bit of weight later:

We eventually switched him over from alfalfa pellets to safe choice and he is still on that. If possible - check out your local feed stores to check prices. One of my local feed stores carries alfalfa and safe choice both for several dollars less than TSC.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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