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[RC] re:feeding for weight gain - Suzanne Boyd

I have had very good results with weight gain by feeding a good fat source and shredded beet pulp. This is in addition to my basics of: plenty of good quality hay/pasture, free-choice minerals/salt and fresh clean water. For the fat source, I use Buckeye's Ultimate Finish, which is a stabilized rice bran. Kind of pricey, but I think its *well* worth it. I even use it on my non hard-keepers for about a month every spring because it helps them shed out quickly. (I live in Ohio, the month of April comes in at about 10 degrees and goes out at about 90!) The shredded beet pulp is cheap and I just can't say enough about it as far as keeping weight on a hard-keeper. Of course, the feeding strategy is secondary to making sure there isn't a medical or dental problem.

Hopefully the nutrition gurus will weigh in with their advice, but this has worked very well for me. (actually for my horses,,,,I don't have a problem with weight gain)


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