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Tailoring Calories without Compromising Other NutrientsFriday, July 09, 2010
by Buckeye Nutrition
Q: I am feeding my EMS 20+ yr old pony gelding Safe & Easy but he is still thin with fat pocket (probably pre-Cushing. He does not like the taste anymore unless I mix in some grain which he should not have. Any suggestions?
I also have a Percheron mare that needs to lose 200-300lbs and get to work. She is now exercising and I have been giving her 2lbs per day Safe & Easy with Hay. What would help her get nutrition and no sugars until I get the weight off her? I do have some Gro N Win on hand.
A: It sounds like you are looking to add some calories to your pony, without any added starch and sugar. One option would be to stick with the Safe N Easy but add a fat supplement, such as Ultimate Finish 40, to his ration. The Ultimate Finish 40 is very palatable and might be just what he needs to enhance the taste. The other option would be to switch to Gro N Win and Ultimate Finish. Gro N Win is very low in starch and sugar with a low inclusion rate. Gro N Win also has a tasty apple flavor. In combination with the Ultimate Finish, you would be able to tailor the calories to his needs more efficiently while still providing the essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids he needs.
As for your Percheron mare, Gro N Win would be our suggestion for her as well. The low calorie, low inclusion rate is just what she needs (along with low starch and sugar) to help get rid of that excess weight. Gro N Win has been researched in weight loss trials with great results! (If you would like more information regarding this study, please call 800-898-WINS)
Often times, if our horses start to gain weight, our first line of defense is to cut back on the grain ration. We forget that each feed is formulated to not only provide a set amount of calories, but also vitamins and minerals. When we decrease our feeding rates below the recommended levels, we are short-changing the horse of essential nutrients at the same time. We may be able to cut calories by decreasing the amount, but the horse will not be getting the nutrition they need, which can lead to other health issues. The better solution is to find a lower calorie feed and feed the recommended levels. This will ensure proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and still allow the horse to safely lose weight with a proper exercise regimen.