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Re: [RC] low carb feed - Elizabeth Walker

Take a look at the Triple Crown website (www.triplecrownfeed.com/).  I switched to them recently, because they put a lot of information out on their site, including the NSC rating of their feeds, and sample diets to keep the NSC rating low for sensitive horses.   They have both grain-based and beet pulp-based feeds, as well as carb-restricted feeds.

They are also very, very helpful -- I sent an email to them, and the nice lady responded with a long email about how I could change my horses diet.  We went back and forth, and she gave me a lot of good advice and additional info on how to set up the simplest ration that got the job done, and how the various feeds were best used.  I was quite impressed - she was not the generic salesperson type that could only parrot what is on the feed bag.  

On Apr 29, 2009, at 8:47 AM, Donna DeYoung wrote:

I've been reading about low carb diets for horses - understand you can't really feed a low carb diet - but can try to use feeds lower in sugar and higher in fat. Any feeds you suggest? any nationally available type feeds? or local based ones in North Texas? looking to increase fat/weight on horse who is slightly hard keeper, but keep down susceptibility toward tying up based on diet. Have cut back any competitions for several months and will slowly build up LSD base again doing short pleasure trail rides...
Also Smarpak offers this product: Metaboleeze delays the onset of fatigue in intensely worked horses. Contains chromium, B complex vitamins and organic trace minerals. Strenuous exercise and high grain diets increase the excretion of chromium in the urine of equine athletes and leads to depletion of chromium in the body. Anecdotal evidence suggests chromium supplementation may positively impact horses prone to exertional rhabdomyolysis or tying-up. Also: magnesium 3000...contains Corn gluten meal, magnesium oxide, magnesium proteinate, potassium chloride, diatomaceous earth, soybean oil, calcium propionate, natural and artificial flavors.
PS. Rebecca, if you're reading this, hi! and email me. we're watching the derby at my house this weekend.

[RC] low carb feed, Donna DeYoung