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Date Posted: 07:24:07 01/20/11 Thu
Author: Kay
Subject: feeding friesians
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Feeding Friesians" on 09:43:23 01/18/11 Tue

>Hello Kay,
>
>We feed our 3 1/2 year old gelding about 3 lbs of
>Purina Strategy every day, mixed with bran and 1
>supplement (Omega Horseshine) and he gets 2 big flakes
>of hay each feeding and usually 1 more big flake at
>lunch time.
>
>But be careful. The cause of your little girl's colic
>may not have been what she's eating. Instead the
>cause may have been that she wasn't drinking enough
>water. I've seen more horses colic in the winter due
>to dehydration than any other time of the year.
>Because of this I'm a HUGE stickler about having 2
>buckets of water in my horse's stall and I even warm
>it up a bit. Horses don't want to drink water that's
>ice cold in the winter, just like we don't want to,
>and if their water is too cold, I've found they won't
>drink as much than if it was lukewarm or room
>temperature. I also have a Himalayan salt lick in my
>horse's stall to encourage drinking even more. If
>your horse does not drink enough in this cold dry
>winter weather, an impaction is more likely to happen
>because there is not enough "lubrication" to keep
>things moving through the gut smoothly, and things
>start to get stuck, causing the impaction and colic.
>
>So be careful before you start switching around your
>growing filly's feed. She will need as much nutrition
>as possible as she grows. Her feed may not be the
>problem, or it may. I'm just letting you know that
>lack of water is a pretty big factor in colic this
>time of year if you are in fact in a cold weather
>climate. I live in the Northeast so our winters are
>pretty tough. I once boarded at a facility that lost
>a horse to colic every single winter because the
>horses were not getting enough water due to lack of
>access to it. That's why I'm such a stickler about it
>now. I hope this has helped. :) Keep your filly's
>gut moving with ease, make sure she has access to
>plenty of clean, lukewarm water. :)
>
>Megan

Thank you so much Megan and Denise for your helpful information. My girl was receiving Strategy GX with like a cup of Omelene 400 and cup of hay pellets twice a day before all this happened and we only have alfalfa hay here....I may have to see about getting grass hay just for her...I don't know. Çurrently she is getting just plain rolled oats, corn, barley mix and 1 cup Omelene 200 twice a day. I did get her a bigger heated water bucket...so this may be helpful as well. Even though with the smaller heated bucket all the water never did seem to be gone. That's what the vet said too...that in the winter...horses eating snow, ice, not enough water was the biggest cause usually. Anyway, it really scared me and I don't wish to go through it again. She seems to be doing fine now. I had heard that the Triple Crown was a good feed too....I have also heard that maybe Purina wasn't the best? Ok thank you again so much for your replies, Kay

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