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RE: [RC] re: [RC] Nutrena & Purina? - David LeBlanc

Trail Pal said:

Nuts!  I bought some powdered rice bran to balance the 
calcium in the beetpulp I feed.  

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM said:

If your horses won't eat fat unless it's rice bran, and you can't swallow
the price of stabilized brands, then I'd skip feeding fats entirely until
you win the lottery.

We used to have problems keeping weight on one of our's, then we had Sarah
Metcalf do his teeth properly. He'd been floated before, but a real equine
dentist is a LOT different than floating. At any rate, we haven't had a
problem since, and he did 15 rides this year on not much more than beet
pulp, hay, and a little Strategy. Mostly beet pulp and hay, and he went
through the whole season just a tad chubby. Before that, we tried all sorts
of things, nothing worked.

Anyway, the equine dentist may seem like a lot of $$, but if you subtract
out the savings on feed, it probably pays off in a few months. I'm sure it
isn't the answer for everyone, but next time I have a horse that doesn't
keep weight on, first call is to the dentist.


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[RC] re: [RC] Nutrena & Purina?, Trail Pal