01-06-2011, 09:05 PM
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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.