Stallbound.... low starch feeds.... Safe Choice vs Triple Crown Sr or Complete
My 6 yo ASB gelding is on stall rest with a badly ruptured peroneus tertius. We're 45 days in on stall rest with another 45 to 60 days of stall rest before he's allowed to be hand walked.
Barn recently upgraded their hay to a richer hay... claims the feed is low carb, but it's a custom blend so no tags to look at on the bag and nobody can actually tell me what the values are (oat and pellet blend...) aside from 12% protein and recently increased the fat from 4% to 6%
My guy's not exactly a hard keeper, but he's big (17-2) and was thin when I got him. He had been putting on weight and muscle, just seems to be holding steady at this point, still not exactly where i'd like his BCS but he's out of work so not too worrisome, but I would like him not to drop any more...
Vet suggested putting him on a low starch feed to help him tolerate his "encarceration". So... something low NSC= low starch, right?
I asked the vet for recommendations, Vet looked at the blend the barn was feeding, said it didnt' seem "low starch" between the oats and molasses and he said Safe Choice would be better for this situation (though did warn to be prepared for horse to have a less than fabulous coat and probably drop some weight on it so be prepared to supplement with a good dose of cocosoya) than TC complete or senior due to the molasses content... But I'm recalling from my previous feed issues with my last hard keeping ulcer horse, the NSC values on TC Senior/Complete are still lower NSC than Safe Choice, plus are higher fat, fiber, making them actually more suitable for this situation? I used the TC products before and never had to supplement with extra oil.... Am I right or do I have my terms crossed around in my head?
Barn doesn't feed quite as much hay as I would like either. Doubting that paying for extra would actually GET him extra at this barn as kids feed, etc, so wanting to supplement his forage with some soaked hay cubes for a third meal and to get his bute in him.... thoughts? I've always equated alfalfa as HOT.... but the NSC values I've seen are actually lower than a lot of feeds....