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post #11 of 14 Old 03-25-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Yes, splitting it up into 2 or more meals will also allow the horse to get more out of it. The way a horse's gut works, if something out of the ordinary is fed only once daily, it won't be well digested, so therefore will be wasted, to a large degree too. But I wonder, what are you feeding for? I'm gathering that if you've only been feeding once daily, the horse is a 'good doer' and doesn't need extra calories? But then if you're thinking of increasing it, perhaps he does need extra? At any rate, I'd start with the same amount split into at least 2 meals & see how he does, because it could be due to the single meal daily that he is not thriving.

If your horse only needs a supp to balance nutrition, either adding necessary nutrients to a handful of copra meal or such, or finding an appropriate *good quality low dose* 'ration balancer' would be best IMO. If you need to feed a lb or more of a 'ration balancer' then it is more of a 'fast food' than a nutritional supp IMO. If you're in the States, either a Kentucky Equine Research product or a SmartPak product would likely be my choice of 'ration balancer'. Feeding in such a small quantity, you could get away with once daily, although splitting into 2 or more is still preferable.

What do you feed the ricebran for? Is he otherwise low in phosphorus or such? Does he need weight? Unless he needs the extra phos, I'd be cautious about this & personally be inclined to replace it(gradually) with copra meal, which is easily digested, high energy low sugar, calcium, phosphorus, and has copper, zinc, magnesium & other nutrients that horses are commonly deficient in.
I'm using Triple Crown's ration balancer, which is to be fed at 1-1.5 lbs per 1000 pounds body weight. Which is actually less than other brands; I think Nutrena is like 1.5-2.5 (don't quote me on that.) Anyway, it's the lowest amount I've seen. The rice bran is for weight gain.
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OK, TC seems OK, if you need extra calories too. I'd definitely feed this over at least 2 feeds though. If you only want a nutritional supp, you tend to get what you pay for & I personally wouldn't consider Nutrena or Purina or such. The cheaper the bag, generally the lower grade the ingredients, lower likelihood of really good balance & the more you have to feed. Something like KER Gold for eg. is expensive per bag, but I think from memory, it was about 80g a day for the average horse. You can also get powdered nutritional supps & 'ration balancers', if you're giving a feed to mix it in anyway. Copra meal is great for putting weight on & also for putting less palatable supps or medicine in - it smells amazing & horses love it.
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Originally Posted by howrsegirl123 View Post
Is feed more effective when split up? I thought I heard that somewhere.
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You horse is going to absorb more from two or three smaller meals then one large one. One large meal will over tax the gut.
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Thanks everyone, I will be splitting it up
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