Posted 2018-11-06 3:06 PM (#7412564 - in reply to #7412547) Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?
First, the best quality pasture and hays you can afford...
In Georgia, I seed and fertilize my pastures in spring and fall. I’m feeding NV timothy and NM alfalfa. All 3 of my horses get Omega Horseshine added to their feeds.
Easy keeper: 5 yr old stays fat on these alone but I feed her Triple Crown balancer to make sure she’s not missing anything.
Not so easy keeper: 11 yr old went downhill earlier this year on Renew Gold. I switched him to the balancer with no difference. After consulting with vets and finding no reason for him to be looking poor, I changed to Dynasport. He’s been on that for maybe 6 months and is now fat. I’ll probably cut him back and throw the balancer in his feed.
Posted 2018-11-07 7:40 AM (#7412608 - in reply to #7412547) Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?
The Bling Princess
Location: North Dakota
We've been wanting to see some more weight on my husband's heel horse, so we've been feeding him Purina Senior Active, a hefty amount of alfalfa hay, and of course all the grass hay he can eat. He's really starting to put on the weight.
Posted 2018-11-07 8:41 AM (#7412613 - in reply to #7412547) Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?
A Somebody to Everybody
Location: *TEXAS of Course*
Yes Triple Crown is a good feed, but if you have BlueBonnet in your area talk with a rep. BlueBonnet is the best for anytype of horse. My BlueBonnet feed store sells Triple Crown too, since BB mills the TC.
Posted 2018-11-07 4:35 PM (#7412665 - in reply to #7412547) Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?
I have a hard keeper myself. I have never had one. My research and vet advice that has worked is forage is your biggest weight gainer and maintainer. Alfalfa is the best. Two big chunks in the morning and two at night. Mine doesn't even need grain.
Posted 2018-11-07 4:41 PM (#7412666 - in reply to #7412547) Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?
I have a senior (27) and he is eating Purina Sr. and since he has no teeth left for chewing he gets Alfalfa cubes soaked into a mash. If the weather is good this is 2 x dy and when it gets colder we change to 3 x dy. He has held his weight well the last couple years with this. I also blanket, but only with a lightly insulated wind / rain proof blanket. Since he is on pasture with shelter if I blanket very heavy he will stand out in the weather as he gets to hot. I try to keep his pasture mowed so he has the more tender grass that is easier to tear and chew. There is a round bale (brome), but he just wads it up and spits it out.