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OKay so i was just wondering how much poundage per meal is ok.

ginger is getting
6lbs triple crown senior
6lbs beet pulp
Per DAY. split in two feedings (3lbs each per meal).

Is that too much? Thats 6 lbs per feeding . Should it be broken into 3 meals or is it okay in the two meals ?

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OKay so i was just wondering how much poundage per meal is ok.

ginger is getting
6lbs triple crown senior
6lbs beet pulp
Per DAY. split in two feedings (3lbs each per meal).

Is that too much? Thats 6 lbs per feeding . Should it be broken into 3 meals or is it okay in the two meals ?

thanks!
Some where between the list and the last two lines she switched from 6 pounds per day to 6 pounds per feeding.

From looking at her photos and reading that you say she has free choice hay I would say that is not enough.

I assume the weight of the beet pulp is dry?

I vote add another meal with 3 more pounds of each (so 9 pounds of each total for the day) until she fills out a little more.
 

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Talk with your vet. We can't give solid advice on how to feed your horses. We all have our opinions on ginger's body condition, and you don't like our answers.

Having said that, feeding too much is better than feeding too little.
 

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well she's starting the senior feed this week shes been on the complete.

Sorry if i confused you lol

Do you think i can just do 9 lbs of the senior in 3 meals ( 3 - 3 - 3) and cut the beet pulp back ? Beet pulps just as expensive as the grain haha.

I looked up the pound -> quarts from triple crowns site and tc senior is 1.08 lbs per quart. I looked up beet pulp and it said 3 qt is 1.8 lbs. thats a lot of beet pulp for such little poundage.

The beet pulp was generalized so i'll have to weight mine to see if thats acurate enough.

i just sat here and did the calculations

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6 qts beet pulp = 3.6 lbs
3 qts senior = 3.24 lbs

PM
4 qts beet pulp = 2.4 lbs
2 1/2 qts senior = 2.7 lbs

grand total 11.94 lbs a day ? is this right? if thats right then i've been off on my calculations of how much beet pulp shes been getting >.< shes only been getting 2 - 3qts 2x a day of the beet pulp. normally 2 qts b/c she gets too full and sometimes when i give the 3 qts beet pulp she wont finish her hay.

SO with that said, help ? LOL im confusing myself again ugh.
 

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You are far from having the problem of too much killing her. I hope you get the feed worked out in order to get her where she needs to be.
 

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last i checked when i was feeding her 6 qts 3x a day each meal of southern states select line (cheaper version of the triple crown, same company) i was told she'll founder so i had to reduce it. to 3 qts 3x a day. i don't need her foundering..

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I think im going to start with 2 qts beet pulp 3x a day and 3 qts of senior 3x a day see where it gets her in a month and adjust from there. i was just wondering if any one else had any input. being there already is beet pulp in the feed.
 

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Since you always post that you work with some wonderful vets please call the practice and have them come out and figure out a feeding program for this mare.

When trying to put weight on them it really is easier if you go to more meals. Adding lunch could make a huge difference!


last i checked when i was feeding her 6 qts 3x a day each meal of southern states select line (cheaper version of the triple crown, same company) i was told she'll founder so i had to reduce it. to 3 qts 3x a day. i don't need her foundering..
At the top you said she gets fed 2x a day. How is she now getting fed 3x per day?

The feed has lots of things other than beet pulp in it. I think adding beet pulp when trying to add weight is a good idea.
 

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vets are not nutrisionists.... big difference in the knowledge of each feed. so technically i'd have to get a nutrisionist out not a vet.
 

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When you switch over the the Triple Crown Senior you need to give it a while to see how she does with it. I wouldn't worry about upping or cutting back until you see how she does with this feed. It may just make a world of difference. It did with mine. I switched him from Equine Senior to Triple Crown Senior, same amount of feed and he ended up putting on weight with it. His poop went from runny to solid and he actually did much better with it. I have since added alfalfa cubes since it is winter.
 

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No you wouldn't. Vets are very good at coming up with a plan that best suits an underweight horse. I think you would completely benefit from a decent vet.
 

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I would bet the vet could do a ration table as well as a nutritionalist. I think they might teach something about nutrition in vet school but I don't know.
 

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I woudl go with 3qts (approx 3lbs) 3X daily until she is where you want her...


Beet pulp is up to you she can have up to 6lbs of it daily which is alot of beet pulp LOL
 

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vets do ONE semester of general nutrition. so unless your vet has taken extra EQUINE nutrition it is a wasted vet trip
 

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I woudl go with 3qts (approx 3lbs) 3X daily until she is where you want her...


Beet pulp is up to you she can have up to 6lbs of it daily which is alot of beet pulp LOL
I followed her advice once and it made a world of difference with my horse.
 

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shes been getting 3.6 lbs a day wich is 4 qts the past 2 ish weeks. as i cut from 3qts 2x a day because if i gave her the full scoop she wouldent finish her hay.

So i think i'll start with 9 qts a day (3 qts 3 meals) and the 2 qts beet pulp 3 x a day for a month or two and maybe cut out the beet pulp and grain at lunch time if she ends up not needing it . its a waiting game now. i'll take pictures saturday then the 3rd saturday after being on it and then the 3rd saturday after that see how it works.

i just wanted to make sure it wasent too much per meal. thats all i asked =/
 

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vets are not nutrisionists.... big difference in the knowledge of each feed. so technically i'd have to get a nutrisionist out not a vet.
I would guess that most vets have a far better idea of how to feed your horse than a bunch of people on the internet do. :wink:

There are lots of vets with pretty extensive nutritional training. Have you called the expert practice you say you always use and asked them for input? If nothing else I am sure they can give you the name of a nutritionist.


I admit it, I am confused. You are now saying she needs more feed but in the other thread you were pouncing on anyone who suggested she was still underweight.
 

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vets do ONE semester of general nutrition. so unless your vet has taken extra EQUINE nutrition it is a wasted vet trip
Please do not pigeon hole all DVM's. Our practice has a doctor that specializes in pretty much everything. If they don't know, the university is just a phone call or e-mail away.

A vet can do a blood panel to see what the mare is short on. There may be nutrients her body is not utilizing correctly.
 

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No i have not asked my vet... and i have a nutrisionist in the area i can call but its not cheap..

again, all i asked was if the poundage was too much per meal. far from that i dont need your opinion on who i should call to ask.
 
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