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Hello!

I have not yet had my 2 year old tested for HYPP, however she has relatives that are positive. Until I have her tested I would like to err on the side of caution and feed her a diet that is appropriate for a HYPP positive horse.

I know that most pelleted feeds are not suitable, so I'm searching for advice on whether there are any specialty pelleted feeds available.

There is also a feed mill not too far from me where I could probably have them mix up something specific for her. I've been reading this article: http://www.ker.com/library/equinews/v9n1/v9n106.pdf which mentions that plain oats are a good option for horses that are not starch-sensitive (I'm not sure what exactly that means.. how does sensitivity to starch present?).

Oats alone (plus free choice coastal hay) does not seem like a complete diet to me. Would it be fine with the addition of a supplement? And, can anyone suggest a supplement if this is the case?

Sorry for all the questions, and thank you in advance for any wisdom and advice! :)
 

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Have been feeding for several years same diet to all my horses. Needed something that was suitable to feed HYPP horses,as I have had N/H horses in my herd.Besides hay...Beet pulp,oats & calf manna is on the menu:lol:.Never had a problem & know others that feed the same to HYPP horses.
 
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Thanks paintedpastures! What ratios of beet pulp, oats and calf manna do you feed yours? Do you soak your beet pulp?
 

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Feed a carb control feed. Many companies now make those, and we fed that to the horse in barn that was N/H. And alfalfa is not good for them either.

Also meds will help if does test positive.

But horse isn't registered? Or not AQHA?
 

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Feed a carb control feed. Many companies now make those, and we fed that to the horse in barn that was N/H. And alfalfa is not good for them either.

Also meds will help if does test positive.

But horse isn't registered? Or not AQHA?
I will look into carb control feed. Her parents are registered AQHA but she is not. She was a gift. I might ask about her papers but I'm not overly concerned with it right now.
 

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I will look into carb control feed. Her parents are registered AQHA but she is not. She was a gift. I might ask about her papers but I'm not overly concerned with it right now.
Couldn't edit.. her parents are registered APHA, not AQHA.
 

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I have a 13 year old hypp gelding.

When I got him his previous owners had him on grass hay and oats. I didn't like how he looked on it so after consulting my vet and feed dealer started feeding him Nutrena XTN XTN Extreme Nutrition High Fat Horse Feed by Nutrena ....he looked good on it but at $30-35 a bag it got old quick.

Currently and for about the past year I have had him on Beet Pulp and it has worked wonders. Its cheap, easy and that and the hay gives him what he needs to stay looking great. If you go this route make sure you get molasses free.
 

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Thanks MyBoySi!

I am thinking about going the oats, beet pulp, and calf manna route with her to see how that goes, but I'm not sure what ratio of oats to beet pulp I should start with. I believe the calf manna is just a top dressing..?
 

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I have just called all 5 feed stores in my town and not a single one carries beet pulp without molasses! :-(
 

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Yes Molasses is a big No No with these horses!!!:D Yes CM is just a top dressing type feed,costs lots per bag but you feed wayyyyy less than most other feeds. I just go by directions{weighing it out}. My horses most of time aren't getting anything over & above their Hay or pasture. They get treated with oats once in while but for most part they are only getting supplemented if they are being fit for show or if its a weanling, pregnant broodmare:wink:
 

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When I was acquiring an NH I emailed various feed companies regarding my concerns which I kept brief. Since the horse was 8, the recommendation was Senior Feed as it is 1% potassium and it's the potassium levels you have to watch. Oats are low as are many grasses. Instead of carrots I bo't a bag of alfalfa cubes which I break up and offer as treats instead. If you google hyperkalemia, as for people, it will list the foods with the highest amount of potassium in descending order. I also watch the potassium level in salt. Household salt has potassium iodide. Pickling salt doesn't, so I mix them 50/50. Turnout is best for these horses, for all horses, and a good supply of water. My boy is a big drinker whereas the other have been dawdly sippers. Do offer free salt as a horse doesn't not get enough salt from a lick as it causes the tongue to get sore. They work with the raspy bovine tongue. Cali, don't try to stuff your horse with various feeds because you want it to look better. Neither of my horses would touch beet pulp no matter what it was mixed with. Feed molasses aren't the same as household. By the time it gets to the feed companies it has been processed to death and about all that remains is the taste and it's stickiness to act as a binder.
 
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