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        01-06-2011, 07:57 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    I would cut back on the sweet feed and put that money towards some of taht 9.00 a bale hay.
         
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        01-06-2011, 08:00 PM
      #32
    Green Broke
    I'm honestly not even sure if it's Sweet feed. But it's pelleted, and be buy it in bulk. About 1000 pounds for 125$'s and that lasts us around 3 months, i'll grab the papers next time we go buy some and list the ingredients. I just assume it's sweet feed since that's basically all you can buy around here. We were feeding Steam Crimped oats along with the feed but that's went up to about 20$'s a for a 50 pound bag, and considering we are having to feed someone elses horses that don't belong to us and they are letting get super skinny so we are going to have to try to fatten them up it's getting quite expensive with winter just starting out already.
         
        01-06-2011, 08:35 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    Her change in looks may be due to the feed she's getting (some horses just can't gain weight/muscle from regular feed & need more protein & such)
    She also may have a parasite of somekind as not all can be treated with the over-the-counter stuff. It might be a good idea to get the vet to check her just in case.
    I wouldn't feed sweetfeed (if that's what it is), but rather a grain that is meant to help horses gain weight & develope muscle. Possibly a young-horse/yearling supplement or beet pulp. Alfalfa cubes also work. We feed ours 2 icecream pails a day per horse, with just a little bit of hay for foraging. It puts & keeps the weight on them nicely and around here are WAY cheaper than hay.
         
        01-06-2011, 08:40 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    We were feeding the Alfalfa cubes instead of pellets but they had NO interest in them at all we even soaked the alfalfa and they still didn't want it. I spent about 2 hours ripping them all apart by hand and they still ate around the cubes. When the vet comes to do the tube worming we'll have him check her.
         
        01-06-2011, 09:05 PM
      #35
    Green Broke
    I just want to say...I don't think she looks that bad.

    I have had some pretty bad hay.I wasn't aware of this untill my vet told me she was getting sucked up and they looked at her teeth and they were fine. I was feeding her quite a bit and even 2 lbs of rice bran...still didn't help soooo I had to feed half a bale of orchard grass(they are prob. 80-100 lb bales I am guessing..they were good size),alfalfa cubes..big bowls,alfamo,and 4 lbs of rice bran,plus her mineral block and GI conditioner....she has put on weight and I admitt I thought she was getting fat but that's because I wasn't use to her filling out so much and now her butt is getting bootylicious.

    My vet doesn't like beet pulp..it's a big hassle and is mostly just fiber. You have to soak it for a period of time and if you are a busy person you won't be able to do it all. I know I can't. I feed rice bran. It's super high in fat and alfamo is sweet and makes them gain weight..it's alfalfa and molasses..sometimes they have grass hay mixed with it. I mix both together and now she is a demanding little brat when it comes to supper..lol. I would worm her again..or all of them.

    Sounds like you have your handsful and with that many horses you will go through feed and hay fast.

    $9 is pretty cheap! How many lbs a bale? If it's small bales then that would be a pain. I now just got in some super green clover hay.I am using up the last of the crap hay and will have them on that now and probably for a long long time.
         
        01-06-2011, 09:09 PM
      #36
    Green Broke
    Gidget the 9.00 Bales are about 2x2x3 rectangle bales very small for 9.00. Can you buy the rice brand and Alfamo at Tractor supply? We really don't have any feed stores that sale anything besides sweet feed honestly. Besides the stuff we are buying in bulk and I really don't know whats all in it.
         
        01-06-2011, 09:14 PM
      #37
    Green Broke
    You probably can by the rice bran. It's around $10.25 for a $50 lb bag. Let your mom know what I said about it and just ask Tractor Supply. Most likely they have it. Sweet feed is probably the most common form of horse feed that people know of..I use to only buy sweet feed but learned more and got other things and I absolutely love rice bran. Just give her 2 lbs a day. That should work. Alfalmo..you might be able to. I would ask on that too..that is a bit more expensive but has lasted for weeks now and it comes in a 50 lb bag. Very sticky..smells amazing..lol.
         
        01-06-2011, 09:15 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    Do you have to soak rice bran or anything? Or just give it to them as is?
         
        01-06-2011, 11:12 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    You can if you want..I do when I make her weekly mash but other than that I leave it dry and it's not harmful at all. If you feel they are dehydrated you can add water as well. I love it and it has done my horse wonders. Some people say it's bad because it's just fat you are feeding them basically but if you want weight put on this is good stuff and my horse has not had any health issues from it.
         
        01-06-2011, 11:30 PM
      #40
    Green Broke
    I told my mom about it and she says she'll go out and buy that because it's good for them to put on weight
         

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