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Does anyone else still feed BOSS?

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    Does anyone else still feed BOSS?

    If not, why not?
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    Yup, I do. My own personal horse has always had great feet, but his coat is noticeably nicer when he's getting the BOSS.

    My boarder's horse: I don't dare take him off of them. He came to me with four shoes that he lost on a regular basis. He is now barefoot with great feet (well, for a TB!) and sound. The only significant difference in his lifestyle is when he arrived at my barn, I started tossing a handful of BOSS in his dish. (With owner approval, of course!)

    My old mare had really really terrible feet. Shoes on all four, and she would lose at least one between shoeings, most of the time taking a giant chunk of hoof with it. Her previous owner had had her for five years, and during that time had tried every expensive farrier supp on the market, no expenses spared. We leased the mare for a while first, and put her on the BOSS when we bought her. Literally within 6 mo her rear shoes had come off, she was barefoot within the year. My farrier actually thought we had bought a new horse! Nothing else in her diet or lifestyle had changed -- same barn, same turnout, same grain, same everything. Just a new handful of BOSS.

    Everyone has always made fun of me for feeding "bird seed" to my horses. But I've had too many personal experiences of them working to stop feeding them. Plus, as a bonus, my big grey gelding absolutely LOVES if anything, it's a nice treat for him.


      No. Did not like the effects on my mare. Had vaccine reactions both years she was on it...none before and none since taking her off them. Besides, I don't think they need the added o6 anyway.

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        If I had a horse that needed some extra calories, I would.

        Right now, I don't, so I use MSM, which is helping her feet greatly!! When I used it before with different horses, their feet were awesome and hard as ROCKS! Literally, my farrier struggled to trim them.
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          I stopped feeding it late last spring because I was injured and couldn't take care of them. Rather than burden someone else with extensive feeding requirements, they just got knocked down to a few pounds of oats once a day. But thanks for the reminder! My gelding could use some weight, and it wouldn't hurt the mare either. I'll pick some up later this week.
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            Yes my mare still gets BOSS. I like the condition of her coat and hooves when she is on it.


              What is BOSS? I have been hearing a lot about it but I don't know what it is. Thanks!!


                When I fed BOSS and flax I had some incredible shiny coats. I quit feeding BOSS when it jumped several bucks per bag. I didn't notice any difference between BOSS + flax vs. flax alone, so I haven't bought any BOSS in years.


                  Yep, for the fat. I haven't noticed any ill effects, and it helps the old guy keep weight on. I (relatively) recently added flax, too, and it has made an even bigger difference with the coats.
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                    BOSS= Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.


                      Started feeding some to my hard keeper. At 2500cal per pound the energy level is attractive as he will start training undersaddle this year.

                      He eats them rather slowly and I think the texture is odd to him.


                        Both of my mares still get BOSS, in with their beet pulp, etc. They love their seeds and I love the soft/shiney coats. Also works as a tasty, "safe" treat - no sugar or starch
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                          Fed it until I noticed that the horses getting the highest amounts of it were showing higher inflammatory reactions to things like a cut or bump. Random stocked up legs in my 24/7 turnout herd.
                          Stopped feeding the BOSS, and the issues stopped.


                            I was, but I've decided not too anymore because I don't see any thing different except I have a lot of sunflower sprouts in my yard.
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                            or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci


                              Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                              Both of my mares still get BOSS, in with their beet pulp, etc. They love their seeds and I love the soft/shiney coats. Also works as a tasty, "safe" treat - no sugar or starch
                              So it is safe for metabolic horses? I've always wondered about that.
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                                Whenever I fill up my bird feeders, the horses all come over to get their handful of BOSS. I used to feed it daily but have since stopped mainly to simplifiy my feeding routine. They love it though.
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                                  I was until the bag price doubled about a month ago. It was $12-13 per bag and that jumped to $23. According to my feed store, there is a shortage. I consider it a nice additive, but not a requirement and that price is just way out of my budget. Maybe again this summer when/if the shortage is over and if the price goes back down.
                                  It really seemed to help with coat and hooves. Mine had pretty hard feet while he was one them and his coat was very shiney and healthy looking. I didn't feed it for any kind of weight gain tho.


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                                    I want to put Frodo back on them, I stopped also because of expense. His feet were great when he was on them and since I live in the desert, I do believe that it helped keep his coat from getting so sunburned.
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                                      Originally posted by appychik View Post
                                      So it is safe for metabolic horses? I've always wondered about that.
                                      Fed in moderation to a horse who's been stabilized via diet, etc.... yup - just fine.
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                                        my OTTB mare gets 1 cup with her dinner- bought its as a cheapo coat supplement after she came to me with rainrot

                                        she has a lovely shiny coat and is also barefoot full time (foxhunting, eventing, dressage, trails, etc.)

                                        i don't know if its really the seeds or her feeding regimen as a whole, but she looks great so i'm not messing with a good thing!

                                        OOC- how MUCH do ya'll feed per day?
                                        Last edited by skip916; Mar. 22, 2011, 12:48 PM. Reason: added question
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