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Posted 9/14/2010 7:12:26 PM


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Our hard keeper has been on sweet feed for as long as I remember. His worming is up to date but he just can't put weight on. I'm thinking about switching to pelleted feed (specifically Nutrena Smartchoice). Opinions?

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Posted 9/14/2010 7:23:28 PM


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I dont' know exactly, but I know she/he should get all the hay he can eat, and I'd try a complete feed, like a senior feed.  I prefer Purina, but I use Nutrena because of availabiltiy. [] I'm sure others will chime in with better answers. []

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Posted 9/15/2010 9:42:09 AM


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All of our horses are fed Nutrena sweet feed, and they seem to keep the weight on them fairly well. When we have a problem with a horse gaining weight, we first make sure that their teeth are properly floated and they are no underlying health issues. If they do not improve, I increase the amount of forage they get. This usually helps. If the horse still needs extra help (like our rescue horse did when we brought her home), we give them a supplement designed to help weight gain, such as Weight Builder.

It is really up to you on what you do. Make sure your horse's teeth are in good shape and then just do what is best for your horse. Just make sure that you switch food gradually if you do so, and make sure your horse is getting plenty of forage (hay and grazing) and water, as well as free-choice salt.



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Posted 9/15/2010 9:59:40 AM


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With feed it's always best to really just give it a shot because you really don't know until you try. Just remember to slowly introduce into their diet. Really with feed you never know because every horse is different and the way their bodies react to it is different. So it's always best to just slowly introduce into their diet and see how it works!




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Posted 9/15/2010 12:24:19 PM
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Check my post on horse abuse in general discussion. This horse was fed Nutrena Smartchoice and alfalfa cubes.

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Posted 9/18/2010 1:07:47 PM


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Almost all the horses at our barn are on SafeChoice. I can't remember who its by though. They all keep a very good weight and its safe to feed to foals and older horses so its easy for us.

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Posted 9/19/2010 2:32:26 PM


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Safechoice is Nutrena brand.  [] I use it for mine that don't get senior feed.

If you keep doing the same thing, you'll keep getting the same thing.

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Posted 9/19/2010 5:35:57 PM


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SafeChoice... I don't know why I always want to call it SmartChoice. After doing a bunch of research and visiting our feed store, I ended up finding some local pelleted feed we're going to try next time we need to buy. It doesn't have quite as much fat content but I would rather buy from a local mill and the place we buy from doesn't have Safechoice. Hopefully it works well for us!

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Posted 9/20/2010 4:44:30 PM
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I would recommend soaked beet pulp and oil.  As long as the pulp is free of molasses, you can feed quite a bit of it safely as its fiber, like hay, and just a 1/4 cup of oil will add lots of calories.  Hope this helps.
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Posted 9/20/2010 8:44:57 PM


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I have better luck with pelleted feed when trying to get horses to gain weight.

There are so many things you can do, but your best bet is to find a feed you like, and maek sure you feed free choice quality hay.

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