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Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2018-11-06 12:55 PM (#7412547)
Subject: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?


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What do you feed your hard keepers?  I have one that's difficult to keep weight on & that's unusual for me:-)  Thanks for any suggestions. 
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FLITASTIC
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2018-11-06 1:05 PM (#7412550 - in reply to #7412547)
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hammerdown - 2018-11-06 10:55 AM

What do you feed your hard keepers?  I have one that's difficult to keep weight on & that's unusual for me:-)  Thanks for any suggestions. 

Triple crown senior!
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dRowe
Reg. Jan 2017
Posted 2018-11-06 3:06 PM (#7412564 - in reply to #7412547)
Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?



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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.
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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2018-11-06 3:11 PM (#7412565 - in reply to #7412547)
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Purina Equine Senior Active.
T.H.E Muscle Mass
Alfalfa/ grass mix, heavy on the Alfalfa.
 
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BFN
Reg. Sep 2015
Posted 2018-11-06 6:29 PM (#7412586 - in reply to #7412547)
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All the alfalfa they will eat
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WiscoRacer
Reg. Jul 2015
Posted 2018-11-07 1:34 AM (#7412606 - in reply to #7412547)
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Free choice, the best quality alfalfa you can afford and triple crown senior has really helped my 7 year old bloom.
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WYOTurn-n-Burn
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2018-11-07 7:40 AM (#7412608 - in reply to #7412547)
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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.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-11-07 8:41 AM (#7412613 - in reply to #7412547)
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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. 
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Fancy Lass
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2018-11-07 8:57 AM (#7412615 - in reply to #7412547)
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Triple crown senior ! Along with alfalfa if possible :)
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winwillows
Reg. Jul 2013
Posted 2018-11-07 12:40 PM (#7412641 - in reply to #7412547)
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Check teeth, deworming up to date, several pounds of an alfalfa source am and pm, 1 to 1.5 pounds of Renew Gold total per day.
Easy fix, and more cost effective.
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redmanth
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-11-07 4:35 PM (#7412665 - in reply to #7412547)
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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.
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runnin hard
Reg. Jan 2005
Posted 2018-11-07 4:41 PM (#7412666 - in reply to #7412547)
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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. 
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JLBerry
Reg. Jul 2013
Posted 2018-11-07 5:29 PM (#7412668 - in reply to #7412547)
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Renew gold, alfalfa and oxygen mega oil!!
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readytorodeo
Reg. Dec 2005
Posted 2018-11-08 8:29 AM (#7412709 - in reply to #7412547)
Subject: RE: Hard Keepers-What do you feed?


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Purina Ultium and Alfalfa hay with good pasture
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Rockyroad
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-11-08 10:51 AM (#7412734 - in reply to #7412547)
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I always question "why" they are a hard keeper.  How are teeth?  Are you dealing with ulcers?  Is it just weight you need or is the horse lacking topline and/or muscle mass?   Then go from there 
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