Chicken feed doesn’t cut it

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I’m tired. In fact, I was tired before going hunting. It has something to do with the beginning of high school and the necessity of waking up at 6:15 to make sure my daughter arrives at school on time. I am much more chipper if I can sleep […]

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I wish someone told me to gain weight

Freedom is like one of your skinny friends who eats all the time but still complains about being too thin. While eating six quarts (6.5 lbs) of Triple Crown, two quarts of alfalfa pellets (2.5 lbs) and all the hay he wants per day, he was getting ribby. I know that Willow and Curly are […]

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How many calories does your horse get per day?

I had a question this week about how to calculate the amount of fat that feeding flax seed will add to your horse’s diet. Horses tolerate fat very well, despite the fact that horses don’t have gall bladders, they digest fat very efficiently in their small intestines. Now with Freedom, I’ve never worried about feeding […]

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Change your horse’s feed gradually

For horses, consistency in their diet is key to good health. Horses develop a microbial population in their intestines that is specific to what they are being fed. Changing it can cause digestive upset that can lead to colic and, in extreme cases, laminitis. According to a recent SmartPak Webinar, 10 Guidelines for Smarter Feeding, […]

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The search for second cut hay

For the last couple of years I’ve bought my hay locally from the town farm. One of the advantages of buying from them was that they would hold several hundred bales for me and deliver them as needed. I liked having the hay “on tap” and appreciated that the horses were able to have the […]

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How do you evaluate feeding options?

Recently I’ve been taking another look at what I feed Freedom. I’m not riding as much now that hunt season is over and my client work has piled up. It’s quite a change from hunting season where I fed him lunch a lot of days just to keep the weight on him. But it’s also […]

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Calories, density and NSCs: Understanding different feeds

This month I decided to review Freedom’s feeding regime. Sure, it’s working, but I wanted to compare different feeds to determine what would give me the best nutritional profile, the amount of calories he needs to hold his weight, and low enough starch — non structural carbohydrates, or NSCs — to keep him from getting […]

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