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Best feeding combination for sustained energy without crazy!

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  • Best feeding combination for sustained energy without crazy!

    I have a 10 yr old TB mare I've owned and boarded for 4 years, at 5 different places. She seemed quiet at first but became quite a handful. Needed consistency.we moved to NC from CO the first place was ok, just needed consistency, second was the best, we had great fun on the trails, she had good energy and we was willing. Next place Eventer training stable. Her grain was changed to Purina Strategy and Omolene mixed, 1 full scoop twice day, 2 flakes alfalfa mix twice day and pasture. 24/7 turnout. She was basically unrideable. Spook city, jump sideways, spin, rear efuse to go forward, run backwards. For one year I suffered this.
    finally we moved and are doing self care. I put her on Triple Crown Senior, 1 -'1/2 scoops day and empower top line balancer. Alfalfa/grass mix at night, all day put on pasture. She immediately changed into a great trail horse and jumper again, just what I was dreaming of. The problem is that now she had has become horribly LAZY!! I feel I am peddling her on these trails and in the arena just to get a trot for any length of time, there isn't the implosion from before, the canter round and round.
    What can I do to get my old horse back sans the crazies?!#

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    That is so odd that she was out of sorts at the Eventer training stable, may have been the stable was too much activity going on and that upset her, do not think it was the feed, as she had full turnout. Generally high fat feed is recommended for sustained energy/endurance without making the horse hot. I feed mine 1 cup of flax daily (2 feedings). I grind mine daily with my vita mix but lots of people feed it whole. I also fed soybean meal as it is high fat also, (1 cup daily) but one of my horses broke out in hives, I assume it was from the soybean meal as I took it away, the hives went away, then returned when I added soybean, anyway I stopped feeding it to my mare. The geldings were fine with it. My horses are extremely shiny and dappled from the flax and they are out 24/7 with a run-in shed. Stablized rice bran I've tried but found it to be very expensive and I really didn't think it did anything for them. The flax is much cheaper to feed and smells great when fresh ground. I tried vegetable oil but too messy and a pain for me to feed.


    • #3
      Have genuinely never concluded that any combination of feed has ever made any horse of mine hot. There have been hot horses, oh lord yes, but always IME there was some other factor if a horse was acting nutty: pain, ulcers, not enough turnout, not enough work. Even if turned out plenty, if they just stand around that is often not enough and my own observation is that horses turned out in winter with blankets on who just STAND get sore, stiff and mopey even though they are "turned out". This can cause blowups, too. Our barn added a walker this winter and I think it's been a huge improvement on blanket-sore and cranky winter horses.
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      • #4
        I use Renew Gold as a carrier for my TB's vitamins/minerals. Like yours, she used to get reactive on senior feeds like TC and Integrity. Renew Gold is just flax, coconut, and bran so it has fat for slow burn energy and it's very palatable.


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            Please oh please someone direct me to the food that makes a horse crazy! My very placid Paint mare is the most fun when she is all wound up on frosty mornings. I didn't think this when I started riding her ten years ago but I do now.