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Re: Feeding

Hi Sharon,

For additional weight gain, consider Ration Plus. This is a prebiotic that does not contain live microbes, but instead, feeds the existing microbial population in the hindgut to help them digest forage better, allowing your horses to derive more calories from hay.

For your performance horses, check the vitamin E content of the diet. They should have 2 to 3 IU of Vitamin E per lb of body weight, so they may not be getting that from Ultium. If not, use a supplement that only contains vitamin E and no selenium (selenium is already provided in adequate amounts by the Ultium) such as SuPer E Natural.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

sharon schwab
Thank you for your advise, they are all of normal weight, except my daugters gelding, he is 11 and 16.1 he gets free choice hay, 6 quarts of ultium, he is not skinny but i would like to see a little more weight on him. The other two are 5 & 6 and good weight, no allergies, they have good feet and skin, and they are all performance horses. So i guess my question is do they need anything else in there diet like Amplify or Rice Bran, they all have white salt blocks, they are on a joint supplement and my daughters gelding is on black as night, and the other two are on healthy coat.

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO