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Loki 12-08-2007 09:28 PM

Say WHAT? Feed question
 
I had a quick question on something the lady who owns the stables I am boarded at had said.


I want to have my horse back on the Purina Strategy feed he has been on since he was a foal. He has been on a oats/sweet feed diet for about 5-6 months and a few weeks ago I put him on a half oats/sweet feed half Purina + fat supplement (for his weight problem)

I asked her if Loki (8yr Missouri Fox Trotter gelding) had been on the mix of oats, sweet feed, and Purina long enough to put him full on the Purina feed. He's been on this for about two in a half weeks now, and I was still rather unsure if it was safe to go for the switch.
She said this...and I quote...
"Oh, the Purina feed has a really high percentage of protein in it and protein makes horses run hot. He's already running hot on my feed (oats and sweet feed)..."

I went on autopilot after that and just nodded and agreed.
'Protein makes horses run hot.'
eh?!
Is this finally the answer to why my kitten keeps trying to eat my toes and randomly pounces on my heads and goes nuts in my hair? That high protein content in his food must make him REALLY hyper...


Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't OATS and SWEET FEED make horses energetic? Isn't oats some serious energy? And isn't sweet feed basically pure sugar?

From the back of the bag of Purina Strategy I have sitting in my room (I fretted about it freezing in the garage):
Quality protein with enhanced amino acids -
(in a nutshell) 'Optimizes muscle growth' 'Helps preformance horses recover from training/exercising' 'Supports fetal development+milk production in broodmares'


I'm not taking advice from this crazy crack people anymore.
I don't trust them.

Gypsy29 12-08-2007 10:36 PM

You're right. I think he is deffinetly ready to be switched, but if you want to be extra careful you could go to 3/4 strategy and 1/4 of the oats and sweet feed. But you deffinetly wouldn't need to do this for another 2 and a half weeks :shock: I'd say 3 or 4 days would be more than enough.

I am not exactly sure about the protein content of oats, but I know that it gives them energy. I think it has carbohydrates in it. Is this right :?: But I know that in the winter we give them extra oats and extra hay when it gets really cold.

Do you buy your own feed at this stable or do they buy it? Or do they provide the oats and sweet feed and you have to buy anything outside of that? The barn where I work does the later. I also know from experience that stables don't want to have to do anymore work than they have to. Maybe she is trying to convince you to stay on the regular feed so that she doesn't have to bother with giving Loki different food from all of the others. Just a possibility :? But I'd make her work for her money :lol: lol

crackrider 12-09-2007 09:12 PM

Oats are a very high energy food. It'll make horses 'hot' if the are not useing the energy they are eating.

I don't see how protein will make a horse 'hot' I thought it was good for building muscles and fattening horses up but i could be wrong i'm not an expert. . . .

Appyt 12-09-2007 10:20 PM

Protein does not make horses hot.. Carbs and sugars do.. Strategy is a good feed for horses who tend to run hot on other feeds for sure. It does NOT make horses hot. I used to feed it and It is great for building up a horse who is a hard keeper also.

Personally, I would go ahead and switch over asap.

DGW1949 12-10-2007 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Appyt
Protein does not make horses hot.. Carbs and sugars do.. Strategy is a good feed for horses who tend to run hot on other feeds for sure. It does NOT make horses hot. I used to feed it and It is great for building up a horse who is a hard keeper also.

Personally, I would go ahead and switch over asap.



I'll second all of that.

DGW


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