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    08-16-2013, 02:58 AM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Oh, that's nothing lol. Mine did the rain dance, galopded round and round in his stall, kicked and bucked, reared, pushed himself into the walls ans, as I said, ran smack into the wall. Being stalled right across from the feedroom didn't make things easier.

To my advantage, I did th feeding, so I could at least control this aspect.
I must say I never punished him by withholding feed. He was first and knew it. I just made sure he stepped back from the trough when I entered. In the beginning he tried to eat me a couple of times. Not funny when you have bowls for 6 other horses in hand. Had to use my feet, gave him a good kick in the chest. Once was enough, then a sharp " hey" was sufficient.

As for what to add to the haypellets, ricebran, a little Ultium, cool calories, anything non sweet.
The alfalfa pellets help his stomach also, they buffer the acids.
Thank you for the feeding ideas! As always you are helping me out a ton! :)

Now, if I understand correctly, if you were me you would go ahead and feed him as long as he respected your personal space when you got to the stall right? That would probably work. I have a crop I could use if I needed to get him to back off. And that probably would cut back on the fight time. Because the more I take it away the more he is like "OMG WHERES IT GOING?!?!". And really I think that's my main issue anyways. The fact I don't want to get pulverized in his haste to eat. So just demanding he stay out of my personal space would be a win/win for both of us I feel like. He wont feel 'teased' with the food, and I will have peace of mind about feeding him. I'll try that tomorrow and see how it goes.

One woman at my barn volunteered to help me out. She took one look at him rearing up and was like "Didnt you say he's a Storm Cat grand kid? He can't be helped". I mean, really? Did I miss something about the Storm Cat line? Another one of those things I never hear about until AFTER I have the horse in my possession. Ha
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    08-16-2013, 03:12 AM
Yes just keep him out of your space when you give his feed, and then leave him be. I agree he shouldn't be teased with feed, as that will only make him worse.

Have no idea about your horses lines, but I doubt it's genetic.
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    08-16-2013, 03:13 AM
Can't help you with the bloodlines, sorry. But it's such typical ex racer behavior, I wouldn't blame any bloodlines. Think about it. They typically get huge grain meals, very little roughage and live with a very tight routine. Very stressful life for a youngster. It took close to nine months for mine to become a normal horse. He was a redhead too, btw
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    08-16-2013, 02:41 PM
Thanks desert! Worked like a charm. Had to take 20 minutes to get him out of my space and had to get pretty nifty with my crop when I walked through the door but it worked a lot better than the 2 hour fights we've been having. Thanks! :)
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    08-16-2013, 02:51 PM
ETA: that's positive reinforcement works a lot better than the negative kind.
    08-16-2013, 03:55 PM
Oh and he approves of the alfalfa pellets I put in there with his usual ultium.

This leg stayed up the entire time it took for him to finish

    08-16-2013, 04:30 PM
Good! You can feed him almost as much as you want of the alfalfa pellets. Soaked, of course. And add what he needs in supplements. More calories than hay, but not as much as hardfeed.
Like I said, it helps a great deal with ulcers also.
He would greatly benefit from 3, or more, feedings right now.
    08-16-2013, 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Good! You can feed him almost as much as you want of the alfalfa pellets. Soaked, of course. And add what he needs in supplements. More calories than hay, but not as much as hardfeed.
Like I said, it helps a great deal with ulcers also.
He would greatly benefit from 3, or more, feedings right now.
He has been getting fed around 5 times a day currently. It was 3 a day when he was in the pasture 24/7 but I have increased it since he is up.

He gets fed at 6 AM with hay and grain (Ultium and now alfalfa pellets)

Hay topped off around 9 am

Then around 11-12 with more hay and grain (same as above)

6-7ish with more hay and grain

And then around 10 gets his hay topped off for the night.

Too much? He's getting 2lbs of hard grain (the Ultium) at each feeding. The hay he is getting is a grass/alfalfa mix.

ETA: He never has hay left when its time to top it off/re feed him, but I think that's because he is a pig and literally will not step away from his slowfeeder net until every piece is gone
    08-16-2013, 04:41 PM
First Drifter, now Whiskey.

Come to Mississippi and I will hire you as my equine nutritionist Desert! You are so helpful and I always learn a ton from you! Appreciate it so much
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    08-16-2013, 04:42 PM
Ooooh, no wonder he's a little uhm....happy. One lb Ultium and one alfalfa pellets(dry weight) should be fine, three times a day. If you get maybe three slowfeeder nets and hang one in each corner, it'll keep him busy checking if the next one doesn't have better stuff than the previous
Then just fill them again as needed.
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