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Re: stall runner

In a message dated 11/25/98 3:16:07 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<< I certainly am no expert, but I have a NSH gelding who was a lot like this,
could never stand still.  After coming across an article in the Horse Journal,
I decided to try something new with him.  I took him off all grain product and
switched him to a grass hay and alfalfa/oil diet.  He get all the grass hay he
wants and a mix of soaked alfalfa pellets and beet pulp with approximately
8-12oz of oil (depending on his work load) in the evening.  Since starting
this program he has held his weight for the first time since I have owned him,
he is calmer, and generally less fidgety, anxious, or otherwise hyperactive.
For him taking away all sweet feed, oats, and other products was the answer.
Good luck
 Dawna Bynum-Boyd >>

Yes, fat is certainly useful as a downer. But this is a racehorse, burning
glycogen. I think there is merit in the idea that this animal may have a sugar
problem, but our feeding regime is radically different from what he was fed
before (twice as much carbohydrate/protein), and there is no change in his
behavior between our feeding protocol and the one used by the previous owners.
The only visible difference is that he's putting on some muscle now.


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