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    07-25-2012, 01:49 PM
Green Broke
When I was feeding my show goats MooreFat, I used jello shot cups! They held the exact amount I need, and came with little plastic lids. I'd scoop the feed, pour it in the feed trough, then dump the supplement on top out of the cup. You can also recycle them and use them over and over. Very quick way to top dress! :)
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    07-25-2012, 03:01 PM
Green Broke
Oh I never thought about that. I'm guessing a double shot glass is 2oz right? That would be perfect.
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    07-25-2012, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
My horse is NOT healthy, this is why she gets all of this. She is still a bit underweight and still recovering from being severely emaciated with many deficiencies, including anemia.

Daily dewormer was suggested by my vet. He does not believe in fecal tests as they do not show all of the worms. Also the eggs don't always pass with every poo. She was full of the encysted worms, they don't show up on the fecal. I am not changing this without my vets permission.
I apppreciate that your horse isn't healthy but adding extra supplements to a diet that already contains vitamins and minerals isn't always a good idea as too much can be as bad as not enough & Red Cell doesn't contain just iron
Without a fecal egg count how can your vet know what worms your horse is most affected with. True the counts can miss some and will not allow for encysted worms but the heaviest egg burden will always show up and if you are contantly using the same product day in day out then eventually the worms will build up a resistance to it and it will be ineffective. Horses are normally treated for encysted red worm in the late winter/early spring which is when they for some reason emerge. I wasn't suggesting that you change anything without discussion with your vet but if it was my horse and my money I would be wanting to know if the worming was actually being effective or if a different active ingredient is needed especially if the horse is still anaemic
    07-25-2012, 03:57 PM
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It's only been 4 weeks so I have not retested her blood yet since I'm supposed to retest in 6-8 weeks. Daily dewormer is very popular because it works. I couldn't wait until fall to use the powerpac as she was dropping weight quite rapidly. Everything I do is consulted with the vet first. They know my horses name when I call. She is also 19 so that's why the msm.

I have seen horses at my barn drop weight after taken off daily dewormer due to high levels of worms. It's a long story as to why my rescue mare was never properly dewormed before adoption but what's done is done. I appreciate everyone's help and suggestions. I did not need a critique on how my vet chooses to get and keep my horse healthy. She has been putting on weight, her gums have color again and she is energetic so I trust my vet knows what he's doing.
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    07-25-2012, 06:33 PM
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Seriously, I really don't see why people are critiquing a PROFESSONIAL's decision on her supplement regimen. The topic of the thread was to help make feeding time quicker.
    07-25-2012, 06:42 PM
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Because the professional is doing things that many of us find to not make sense. SO we question the logic of trying to streamline something that isnt logical to begin with. For instance, you are feeding a really base food then having to add all kinds of supplements. WHy not just buy better feed ?
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    07-25-2012, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayella    
Seriously, I really don't see why people are critiquing a PROFESSONIAL's decision on her supplement regimen. The topic of the thread was to help make feeding time quicker.
I had no desire to offend anyone, I have worked with vets over the years as an assistant and as much as I value their expertise and regard many of them still as close friends I retain the right to question their opinions and research things for myself and I find that doing this actually raises their opinion of me as a horse owner.
This ladys vet has a direct opposite in their approach to my own vets as regards worming programmes and feeding too many supplements which was why I queried the reason.
If the worm problem on her yard is so bad then something is wrong
    07-25-2012, 06:47 PM
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That could be done on a separate thread, could it not? If she trusts her vet to do know what is best for her horse, then that is all that matters, right? :)

ETA: Not trying to say you were out to offend anyone, just saying that it was off topic, and it had already been addressed before.
    07-25-2012, 06:59 PM
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Sorry like I said worm issue is a long story. My mare started it and affected the horses she was paddocked with. I see no problem with what I'm feeding.
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    07-26-2012, 09:15 AM
SmartPak has Red Cell pellets, and you can feed flax in place of flax seed oil. I hate feeding liquids/oils, they freeze in the winter and go rancid in the summer. I wouldn't combine them with feeds ahead of time, yuck.

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