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  1. Horse Talk
    Hi! I have a 7yo ottb gelding who i've had for a few months now. He's generally a very quiet, respectful horse but i've recently (last month) started giving him hard feeds (he's turned out in a paddock 24/7 so has only needed them now he's in full work) and have noticed he's getting into some...
  2. Horse Health
    Hi there! I'm trying to put some weight on my gelding, who is a hard keeper. He gets hay twice a day and grain once. I've been reading about grain intake because I'm considering upping his grain for the winter, but I keep seeing that you should not feed more than 4-5 pounds per meal or you risk...
  3. New to Horses
    I'm looking for an effective, but cheaper weight gain supplement for my mare. She is 11 and we took a lot of time off while I was in school. We're both getting back in shape. She's always been a petite little thing, but now that I'm riding more, I would like to try and "beef" her up some. Her...
  4. Horse Nutrition
    Hi all! I have a 12 year old Arabian gelding named Bo. He lives outside 24/7 with access to grain and hay year round. My vet recommended he stay off grain due to being such an easy keeper and being slightly on the chunkier side. I took him off grain, and have been feeding him 1/4 cup of Barn...
  5. Horse Health
    Hello all! In preparation for the winter months I've been doing a bit of reading about beet pulp. I wanted to know if it was any good or useful to give to horses? Or if any of you had opinions/experience with it. My mare is an 8 y/o BWP and had a bout of colic last winter when she stopped...
  6. Horse Health
    I recently got a big thoroughbred baby who came from a questionable place. He is slowly putting weight on with just free fed hay right now but I'm wanting to start him on special feed to give him a bit more help. I also have a coming 3 year old (paint) who I will be starting this spring and a...
  7. Horse Health
    Hello. I have a 5 year old quarterhorse/paint mare & put a fly mask on her for the first time 2 days ago. Yesterday afternoon I noticed her acting weird. She was lethargic, had no energy, had her ears pinned, and wouldn't drink or eat. I immediately removed the fly mask and hosed her off. I...
  8. Horse Nutrition
    Ok, so in my recent post we were trying to figure out what was going on with my horse, it was gassy cramps colic caused my moldy hay, she's going to be fine :-) Anyhow, I have been doing TONS of research on bran mash since my vet recommended it. It is something I would like to begin feeding my...
  9. Horse Nutrition
    I'm more just curious than anything else and like to collect tons of data. So I was wondering what vitamin and mineral supplement everybody uses? Do you use your V&M with a ration balancer? If so which RB? Or do you feed grain or a bagged feed? If so which one? Why do you like that...
  10. Horse Nutrition
    I have a 17 year old ASB that is being fully pasture fed and is being ridden very little. He is still in great shape for riding and has lots of energy, so I am hoping to start riding him at least 2 times a week. At the moment he is living off of grass only. I am not very experienced and he is my...
  11. Horse Health
    This is a month after I got him he's a saddlebred (from what I was told) hes 12ish and 17hh tall. He's grained a lot of weight but his hips stick out more then I like. He has hay twice a day and they get a bale a day for the past few days. But otherwise has hay 24/7. He gets about 3lbs of oats a...
  12. Horse Nutrition
    Please Bear with this long story...!! I am helping out a friend who was given a neglected OTTB about 4 years ago. They are not horse people but they wanted to help and they thought they could just get a "lawnmower" (we all know this story, right?!). Argh! :evil: Well apparently he thrived for...
  13. Horse Nutrition
    I have a 6yo. ottb gelding coming home soon. The lady who owned him before had him out to pasture with about 50 horses. She may give supplements in winter, idk, but as far as I know, nothing but grass. Lots of grass though, I saw the pasture and it wasn't grazed down, they have about 60 acres...
  14. Horse Health
    So, my horse is being boarded outside at a barn. She gets hay 24/7, round bale. But I do notice she is not the best on this. She has lost some weight over the past week. I have been giving her grain (12%) at 2qts once a day four days a week. The other horses dont get fed at all that are out...
  15. Horse Nutrition
    Hi guys, new to the forum, very pleased to be here. Was wondering if I could get some help? I just brought a new horse who's in an area that's in a drought and there's not much grass where he is. I should be picking him up next weekend and was just a little worried about putting him on lusher...
  16. Horse Nutrition
    Soaking hay in water is a common practice used to reduce dust and non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) levels for horses with respiratory or metabolic conditions. But soaking can leach essential nutrients, such as phosphorus and magnesium, from hay and be labor-intensive. In the last few years hay...
  17. Horse Health
    Hi all! I'm in my first year at University studying Equitation, Behaviour and Training, and for a research subject I have chosen feeding roughage. I've made a short survey to help get outside opinions, so if anyone would take a minute to complete it it would be much appreciated. Thank you so...
  18. New to Horses
    Hello everyone, My boyfriend and I just bought a 44.5 acre property and I've been starting to do my research to get a horse (my plan is to have one next year/spring 2015). The property is 5 acres residential, 26 acres agricultural (has been harvested for hay for the last 15 years) and the...
  19. Horse Nutrition
    At the place where i board my 20yr old Arab/qh i believe all of the boarders are being underfed. There are 13 horses in the pasture and only 2 bales of hay that are in slow feed nets. My horse is one of the bottom horses and always has bites and has been losing weight. I had the vet out to check...
  20. Horse Nutrition
    I've finally found a local feed store that has manna pro show-glo vitamin and mineral supplement which I have seen recommended by lots of people. I can also get farnam vita plus online. A few questions: *which would you choose? *would you still add free choice minerals? Or just salt? *would you...
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