Zero is a complete feed and, although it is best utilized in conjunction with forage, I was told it can be fed alone. My little guy quids and can’t/wont eat long stem hay. He does okay with soaked cubes. I was feeding alfalfa/teff cubes but that is when he got laminitic so was told to get him off of all alfalfa so switched to zero. I havent been able to find any cubes without alfalfa here and most of the pellets are high starch that I’ve found. Being that hes got cushings, I’m hesitant to allow him much grazing time but am planning to turn him out more with a grazing muzzle. What are the timothy balance cubes fortified with? The zero bag indicates not to supplement with anything without consulting a vetHygain Zero is meant to be fed with pasture or hay, so he probably should have some hay in his diet (he's also getting a bit more than the recommended daily amount for a horse his size, so perhaps backing off to the recommended amount for his size and adding in some hay pellets or cubes, or long stem for the rest of his diet). Or perhaps hay pellets.
Do you soak his feed? Or feed it dry? If you don't mind soaking, Triple Crown Timothy Balance cubes are low carb fortified hay cube ( do feed some dry, but only the cubes that can be crumbled by hand).
screen shot from the Hygain website page discussing Zero (bottom paragraph).
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When we first started battling the cushings/laminitis flare early this year, I tried beet pulp and he wouldn't touch it...he went off feed completely when I tried to add even a little bit to his normal ration. He's picky too. sigh....Just wondering about plain beet pulp? Can you get it there without molasses added? I use it a lot to extend hay and for my oldies with bad teeth and my IR little one.
I gave him a few soaked alfalfa/teff cubes this morning and reduced his zero by a bit to compensate. The zero is SOOOO low in starch I think using a few cubes that might be a little higher should still be overall well below the recommended level for a cushings horse (at least I hope so). You've given me some good things to think about. Thank you!Timothy Balance cubes have a little bit of beet pulp in them, but not enough to turn off a picky horse, and they are fortified to themselves, as far as I understand. They are guaranteed under 10% sugar/starch so should be safe for laminitics. If you add flax, vitamin E and flax to them, they are a complete diet in themselves. You might try Triple Crown's website and see if there is a dealer near you, and you can check if they carry the Balance cubes.
I'm feeding them without issue to some of my horses that get a vit/min supplement to balance our local hay.
I might have to revisit triple crown. When I was looking for a balancer and complete feed, my guy wouldn’t touch any of their products. It was really frustrating!Triple Crown also has a bagged chopped forage product that is low sugar/starch and balanced, that could be an option also.
The only place who carries it here is Tractor Supply and they are terrible at keeping things in stock so I hesitate to go solely into something that may not be in ready supply. I'm going to go ahead and give him some soaked alfalfa/teff cubes along with the Zero. Zero is so low in starch, a few cubes shouldn't tip him over the edge with his cushings (at least I hope not!)This is chopped hay - it's just tested and controlled for sugar/starch content, and then it's mineral-balanced somehow (not sure whether minerals are added, or they mix batches of hay to balance it, or what), so it's meant to be fed alone. I haven't seen it in person though so I have no idea how it smells or how horses typically like it! It was just on my list of "things to try if a track and 3/4" hole hay nets didn't work". Haven't had to go there yet, fingers crossed! I wonder if they'd send you a sample if you asked?
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