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What to feed a horse that cannot tolerate starch of any type.

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  • What to feed a horse that cannot tolerate starch of any type.

    This 6 year old paint/thrb cross mare is literally phsycotic when given 2 forms of starch. She can eat just hay and be ok when in work. But I even suspect our hay is too starchy for her as she can still have minor "episodes" while just eating hay. I have tried very small amounts of equine senior, hay stretcher, purina wellsolve L/S, she was on horseman's edge which definately didn't work. She literally "goes crazy" within 10 minutes of eating one of the above.....not as dramatic with just the hay stretcher added.
    Previously she came to me on beet pulp and almost looked ematiated. She has some weight on now but not enough. She lacks fat and muscling of any kind. Currently out of work but about to begin. It is easiest to see how her diet does/doesn't work while out of work.
    Vet has cleared her from worms and her bloodwork is normal. Her teeth are in good order. Vet says I cannot replace her hay with just beet pulp. She brought up alfalfa and said it may work for this horse.
    Anybody? How can I feed this horse? She is in a boarding barn and no we cannot bring in a ton of alfalfa hay for her.

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    squaremealfeeds.com

    go here and you can even talk to him he is a VET.

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    • #3
      Have you considered soy intolerance? Soy is a major ingredient in most pelleted feeds and supplements. It takes time for a diet change to effect temperament. Since removing my mare from all soy products I have a much saner personality to work with. It was several months before it stabilized.
      Can you feed her alfalfa pellets to help with her weight?
      \"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.\" Charles Dickens

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      • #4
        Maybe she has ulcers. How is her life otherwise? Does she have a neurosis about feeding time? How is she an hour later or the rest of the day if she's given concentrate? Any runny poop? Maybe she's allergic to something.

        Grain is not just "starch".
        Click here before you buy.

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          #5
          thank you

          thank you howard....I will ask him as well...

          Ulcers is a small concern and something we will look into....her life is turnout 24/7 with an other mare, she is boss. I dont think its a grain allergy because she reacts to hay with clover in it and hay stretcher which has molasses in it, no grain.

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          • #6
            Alfalfa pellets, no grain at all. Soak hay. Check for ulcers and or treat. Not all horses need grain. Lots of horses look and do just fine on all hay diet. Just so that their protein and calorie needs are met. May need to add a multi-vite if hay source is not great.

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            • #7
              describe "she literally goes crazy"

              What does she do?
              How long does it last?

              What is 24/7 turnout? Access to pasture, small paddock?

              Doesn't sound like a starch issue from the description.

              Ulcers should be high on the list.
              Turn off the computer and go ride!

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