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post #31 of 34 Old 03-10-2017, 08:34 AM
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My experience with the equine nutritionist was actually very productive. Yes, they do have a vested interest in you using their product but she was very straight forward about what thought the animal I called about needed, looked at what we had tried in the past, considered pasture conditions and the co-op report for the hay we were feeding and made her recommendations. As in, your horse needs this percent protein, this percent fat, this type of fiber and specific mineral recommendations for our area and our specific situation. Then she gave us a list of the products they carry that would meet our needs. It was easy to look for alternatives from other suppliers and instead of a complete product we went with separate sources and mixed our own. It is worth a try if they are willing to come out. This dealer also provided us with samples and coupons/rebates. Some of which we used; others that we did not.
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@QtrBel thats good to hear! Might be worth a shot then

I took a picture today, maybe not the best angle, but his ribs are a lot more padded, as is his butt (the bone is not sticking out so much on top!) So I'm seeing progress at least, even if he still needs to fill up behind the wither, and the rest of his butt/hips.
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^I will say that's never going to be a "round" type of horse.

He still has a bit to go but is already looking a lot better!
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post #34 of 34 Old 03-11-2017, 01:33 AM
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Hey guys,

He's been getting extra hay since i ztarted this thread and is slowly (slowwwly..) improving. His energy is back to his normal hyper, slightly spooky, self at least! Happy to see him be cheeky again. I had attributed it to the heat in summer, but i now see that him being thin and losing weight probably played a role in that as well.

Anyway, i just wanted to hear some opinions. Someone whose opinion i value (her horse looks great and is the best cared for at the barn, and she has loads of experience) told me about the option of feeding a type of cut-up corn, soaked and drained, to get his weight up. According to her those would be cold calories (which i'm not sure i believe!). My trainer and i think its better to avoid hot calories as it makes him really hard to ride, and he needs to work 3 times harder to get the excess energy off, which isnt ideal for a horse thats getting up there in age obviously. He's unfortunately stalled 24/7 as there is no turnout at my barn (in the city :( )

Has anyone fed cornflour before? I was reading up on it and keep seeing things about high-energy, makes horse nervous, and can cause colic... so im pretty sure its not a route i want to go with him for now. I would ask the vet before changing his diet like that as well of course, just hoping to hear some opinions from people who have used it to see if its even worth considering!
Corn is hot calories.No, do not feed it! You can also feed soaked beet pulp, which has a calorie value higher then forage, but is digested like a forage, so has none of the associated risks of feeding hot calories, directly in proportion to amount fed (mood highs, colic laminitis)
If you want to feed cool calories, you feed fats, like flax and canola oil
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