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Today I decided to take the plunge and buy my horse a complete feed from my local TSC called "Safe Choice Senior Feed". On my last thread, I found out I was lacking some key ingredients in my horses diet, so it was time to buy a feed that would help give him a well rounded diet.

Here is what the bag said:
-Exclusive Nutri-Bloom Advantage™ increases fiber digestion up to 15% for better health and bloom
-Increased fat level to help maintain energy level and ideal body condition
-Organic trace minerals for immune support, increased bioavailability and improved skin, hair and hoof quality
-Added prebiotics and probiotics to aid in nutrient digestion and digestive health
-Contains rice bran, flax seed and beet pulp
Specifically flax seed and rice bran were recommended, so now my horse has them in his diet! I also like that they mention the minerals in it and the pre/probiotics. I am really excited to start using this feed.

The guarnteed analysis is here: SafeChoice Senior Horse Feed by Nutrena

Now for my questions:
Since I still have beet pulp pellets and alfalfa pellets left, I would like to use those up. Beet pulp is already in the feed, so would adding more hurt him at all? I was planning on feeding 1.5-2 lbs of beet pulp a day until it's gone, split into 2 feedings. Would that be alright? I was figuring on feeding the 3 lbs of alfalfa pellets too, also split into 2 feedings.

How much of the feed should I be giving him in addition to the pellets?

Thank you :)
 

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Adding additional beet pulp will not hurt your horse...it may actually help him to gain his weight faster, but don't overdue it either.

If me...
Continue to feed him what you are and start to add the new feed at the same time.
I normally when introducing a new feed would do 3/4 what they were use to having and 1/4 of the new feed for 2 days then increase it in small amounts every 2 days or over several feedings till you get to 1/4 or less of the now "old stuff" and the rest the new feed.
Over the course of 7 - 10 days for a complete changeover...much will depend upon how much "feed" you feed and how much you must now switch over...
{I would not do a feed switch though in less than 5 days...}
I do hay not quite so slowly, but gradually also for the same reasons if changing the type of hay being consumed...

One of the reasons being the horse gut, primarily I was taught the hind gut you don't want to over-tax or stress the flora and fauna {bacteria} in it nor create diarrhea that the horse must now recover from on top of acclimating to new food sources.

Go slow, take your time and all will be good.

Remember to take pictures and some string/weight tape measurements so you can have data to compare and know if what you are doing is working in the right direction...

Good luck.
 

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Sorry I took so long to respond :oops:

I have been feeding a pound of Alfalfa Pellets and a pound of Beet Pulp Pellets in combination with a pound of the New Feed. He is moving up to 2 pounds of the New Feed tonight in combination with the same amount of Alfalfa and Beet Pulp Pellets.

I am thinking about feeding 2 pounds of Pellets, three times a day. In combination with that, maybe a 1/2 pound of Alfalfa Pellets and another 1/2 pound of Beet Pulp pellets per feeding.
 

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I would do your increases of adding feed in 1/2 pound increments especially if you are changing the amount of protein being added...
Every 3-4 feeding increase and decrease amounts in appropriate rations...

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Hi Kylie,

That stuff looks great in the advertisement, doesn't it?? Personally, I'd keep looking for a for a better feed/supp. But so saying, I don't know what knowledge & choices you had to decide on that feed.

As to how much you feed, depends how much he needs extra weight, how much he needs nutritionally considering what else he's getting, etc. Feeding according to what they advise on the bag should give him the nutritional balance he needs(assuming the feed has all he needs), while if you feed less, he will be short of nutrition, although feeding more, esp of this sort of thing may be a bigger problem if he's an 'easykeeper', has metabolic issues or some such....
 

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Senior feed is what the rescues often use to horses back into condition. If I remember right that's what your trying to do with your horse. It will be fine while he's gaining. Might be too rich later on but for now it's a good choice.

Everybody has their opinions on which brand but Nutrena and Purina both make good feeds. The feed giant, Cargill actually owns Nutrena, Purina, Triple Crown and Southern States among others.
You can keep using the alfalfa and beet pulp pellets. The fiber is good for him. Just remember to work him up to horsely amounts slowly.

When it's cold and miserable out I often bring out a nice warm bucket of mash made with just hay pellets and beet pulp to give to them. No ill effects noted and they seem to appreciate it.

Later on when he's gained if he's putting on too much weight or getting jittery you might consider another feed that isn't so loaded with starch and carbs. Safe Choice Special Care is one since you can get hold of Nutrena.
 
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