Thoughts on this feed - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 45Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 01:13 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 13,917
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnitaAnne View Post
Is that a Canadian brand?

How much alfalfa cubes and beet pulp do you feed?

I can give my gelding free choice hay as he will overeat. I give my horses low starch hay about a half a bale a day. Mostly just to keep something in their belly while no grass.

Then BioFlax 20 and a mixture of Purina minature and pony feed and Purina senior feed. They are a bit plump, but no other problems. 24.5 yr old and 13 yr old with cushings.


Everyone is against feeding hard food, but I have been doing this for years with no issues...once the seniors have no teeth, senior feed is the only way to keep them up.
Hoffman's Minerals? Yes! In fact the breeder of one of my horses actually developed it. The beet pulp & alfalfa cubes are soaked & tiny amounts, just enough to mix in the Hoffman's, and if I am feeling generous, I occasionally mix in a tiny amount of oats. That's the only grain I feed but in tiny amounts maybe once a week.

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
waresbear is offline  
post #12 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 01:56 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 13,917
• Horses: 3
This is story of Hoffman's Minerals
http://hoffmanshorseproducts.com/about-us

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
waresbear is offline  
post #13 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 03:11 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 13,917
• Horses: 3
I have 3 older geldings, all are ridden daily in spring & summer, winter not as much because we get -40 temps but when gets -10c or warmer, they get ridden in the snow. Two of them are shown throughout the show season, one English flat classes and a few hunter classes, the other western classes, the oldest one, 25, trail & lesson, grandkid horse. The hay is a local Timothy alfalfa mix, as most is here, alfalfa doesn't grow well here so it's always a mix if you want it.

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
waresbear is offline  
post #14 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 2,003
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnitaAnne View Post
Is that a Canadian brand?

How much alfalfa cubes and beet pulp do you feed?

I can give my gelding free choice hay as he will overeat. I give my horses low starch hay about a half a bale a day. Mostly just to keep something in their belly while no grass.

Then BioFlax 20 and a mixture of Purina minature and pony feed and Purina senior feed. They are a bit plump, but no other problems. 24.5 yr old and 13 yr old with cushings.


Everyone is against feeding hard food, but I have been doing this for years with no issues...once the seniors have no teeth, senior feed is the only way to keep them up.
I fed grain for years also never an issue until I aquired ice. Cinder would be fine on whatever feed I fed. But just simpler to feed both horses the same.

@walkinthewalk thank you for all the info. Yeah I know this to will change ,what he likes now he won't like in time.

Thank God for Horse Tech. One good thing I can go back to feed he didn't like after a month or so. So just rotate feeds he didn't like back in. He's none the wiser ,guess he forgets he didn't like a feed after so long. None of them will be fed in any big amount,just enough to flavor cubes/pellets.

Only thing he absolutely won't touch is beet pulp I've tried it several times, over last 6 months. Have 5 different bags of feed in spare bedroom. Now number 6 in barn one I posted about.

I'll for sure try coconut oil I'll keep it for warmer months of the year.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_20200203_211610.jpg (389.3 KB, 3 views)
walkinthewalk and egrogan like this.

Out riding my horse.

Last edited by jaydee; 02-08-2020 at 06:00 PM. Reason: Removed reply to a moved post
rambo99 is offline  
post #15 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 05:57 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 294
• Horses: 0
If you only need it to mix his supplement into, then I think it should be fine, as long as it is a handful or two. If you are looking for something with less in it, then have you tried fibre nuggets or 1/2 timothy and 1/2 alfalfa cubes?
Jolly101 is offline  
post #16 of 37 Old 02-08-2020, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 2,003
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly101 View Post
If you only need it to mix his supplement into, then I think it should be fine, as long as it is a handful or two. If you are looking for something with less in it, then have you tried fibre nuggets or 1/2 timothy and 1/2 alfalfa cubes?
Had acess to Timothy/alfalfa cubes but feed store stopped carrying them. So only alfalfa cubes or pellets.

His diet is forage based I cut grain out of diet two months ago or so.

Only use a couple handfuls of the feed I asked about. I use a granular supplement that covers all vit/mins.

I wouldn't need any bagged grain if he wasn't so darn picky. Life would be easier if he'd just eat what's served.

What are fibre nuggets? Haven't hear of it before.

Here's the feeds I currently have to keep ice eating alfalfa cubes and pellets. Proforce fuel, Purina senior, triumph complete, Purina omelene 200 , calf manna, prime & empower balance. So 7 bags of feed some maybe half used some almost a full bag. All for Mr ice just to keep him eating his meals.
walkinthewalk and egrogan like this.

Out riding my horse.
rambo99 is offline  
post #17 of 37 Old 02-09-2020, 06:33 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 8,598
• Horses: 0
If itís any consolation, Ice looks really great
egrogan and rambo99 like this.

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
walkinthewalk is online now  
post #18 of 37 Old 02-09-2020, 09:56 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,980
• Horses: 2
Ice does look really good right now. Kudos to you for all the hard work.

Something that might give you a little hope for the future: My mare was a super hard keeper and so picky. She would go off any feed after a month or two, at which point I would end up giving a bag or two of feed away to other people to feed to their horses.
Of course every time with something new I'd think she was going to eat it for a while, so I'd buy a few bags.

Anyway, she had musculoskeletal issues that were not the same as Ice's, but similar. I ended up reading somewhere that some of the issues horses like these can have with being picky is actually due to the fact that their tongue and jaw are significant muscles in the body that work all the time, and that get fatigued. New feed gives them incentive to work past fatigue or muscle ache, but once the novelty wears off they don't try as hard again. They tend to not eat steadily at hay or pasture all day either, like other horses do.

Once my mare felt better, she didn't seem as picky anymore, and would eat hay or pellets like other horses. It is a possibility that when Ice has the right fuel so his muscles work better, he might also stop seeming so picky about eating.
walkinthewalk, egrogan and rambo99 like this.
gottatrot is offline  
post #19 of 37 Old 02-09-2020, 11:29 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vermont
Posts: 6,527
• Horses: 3
No help on the feed but chiming in to say he's looking good!
gottatrot likes this.
egrogan is online now  
post #20 of 37 Old 02-09-2020, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 2,003
• Horses: 0
@gottatrot thanks I've got the vet chiro coming Tuesday morning. Either ice needs his teeth done or he's out somewhere.

Watched him eat last night he's not comfortable, does a lot of stopping and looking around.

Shakes his head an paws while eating it's a new behavior. He eats only half of what cinder eats in hay. Cinder will be at hay when ice only spends short periods of time eating.

20 lbs of hay last ice almost 2 days,cinder eat same amount in 10 hours. Only reason ice looks good is I keep him heavily blanketed.

He shivers if left naked at 20 degrees.
walkinthewalk and gottatrot like this.

Out riding my horse.
rambo99 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome