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Re: [RC] Metabolic pulls - Kristene Smuts

And what are ways to avoid tying up, apart from making sure
you've done your LSD training and are not overriding?>>

One of the very first things I learned about feeding, was the protein level of 
concentrates.  As little as possible as the protein has some influence on 
tying-up (will try and find my saved documents if you want more detailed info).

I go into a shutdown if my horses get more than 11% protein total in their diet 
- includes hay and concentrates.  I still have to egg myself on to give the 
pregnant mare her 14% broodmare mix plus her flake of alfalfa for added calcium 
- it just feels so wrong!

The protein percentage is the main reason I mix my own feed, as per Susan G 
DVM's ;-)) ratios.  Could hardly find a concentrate that didn't have grain in 
it AND that was around 10% AND that wouldn't dent my pocket too much.

Kristene


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