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post #1 of 6 Old 09-17-2019, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Correct Amount of Feed?

I have a 24 year old Quarter horse mare. She has had the summer off with an occasional trail ride here and there. She would get just some pellets of Purina as a treat.

She is in pretty good health. I am getting her back into shape for riding for the next three seasons. I need to help her build her top line. And also help her get one of her hoof walls healed a bit more, no she is not lame.

How much grain should she be getting per day?
Also, I have been using a wax plus a oil and wrapping her foot, which is helping some. I just tried white lighting for the first time this weekend. Any other tips for Daisy's seedy toe too? Thank you and Happy Trails.
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I would not be waxing or oiling her hoof. Change comes from within. Purina Equine Sr Active is a feed I like for a horse that needs something good that has extra in the calorie department. You have to feed the minimum for her weight to gain the advantages of the nutrients. A typical 1,000 pound horse with maintenance needs and light work only would need 3.25 pounds of feed and a minimum of 12 pounds of good, quality hay per day. If she isn't building topline with improving the quality of protein and amount of amino acids then you may need a targeted supplement. As for the seedy toe, there are several products out there that would do well if applied consistently and as instructed.
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Thank you. For the seedy toe I am only putting wax and oiling her hoof from the advice of my farrier.
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Thank you. For the seedy toe I am only putting wax and oiling her hoof from the advice of my farrier.
I have advice for you, just by what you've posted, please get a different farrier. That is the worst thing you can do for seedy toe.
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If her weight is good then no need to change what she is getting. At her age her topline may just be what it is. If you're planning on doing hard riding and need to build her up/notice she starts needing more then you can add something. A good starting point is to get a quality maintenance feed and feed the minimum recommended amount, then go from there.

1.5-2% quality forage a day plus supplements as needed to make sure she's getting the proper nutrients. Then as said, add grain if she needs it for weight/energy. If you feel she needs nutritional help for her topline I would look into a higher protein grain (most senior feeds are higher in protein) or a supplement to help with that, however, I never view building muscle as a diet first issue (assuming the diet is already good of course!) it needs to come from exercise and proper riding.
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I need to help her build her top line. And also help her get one of her hoof walls healed a bit more, no she is not lame.
If she is in good condition, she needs no more feed. If she is in hard work then she may need some extra, if it's causing her to lose too much weight.

For 'topline' and hoof health, a good source of protein is helpful. But that is one of many nutrients she may be lacking in. Good, we'll balanced nutrition is important for general health too.

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How much grain should she be getting per day?
None. I would not feed cereal grain as a rule & without good reason. Stick to low sugar/starch, easily digested ingredients if she needs extra calories.

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Also, I have been using a wax plus a oil and wrapping her foot, which is helping some. I just tried white lighting for the first time this weekend. Any other tips for Daisy's seedy toe too? Thank you and Happy Trails.
Ditto that I would NOT advise waxing or oiling hooves, ESPECIALLY if there is seedy toe or cracks present. The bugs that cause 'seedy' are anaerobic and as such, sealing them in provides them a cushier environment to thrive!

Stick to treating topically with white lightening or other effective antiseptic, keep holes clean as poss & open to the air, and your farrier should be opening up any cracks or holes, cutting out infected tissue as necessary(resecting), to allow your topical & management to be effective.
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