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BASIC HORSE NUTRITION PROGRAM
GENERAL TIPS FOR USING DYNAMITE® PRODUCTS FOR HORSES
Start with the BASIC PROGRAM. Dynamite® or Dynamite Plus(tm) or TNT(tm)are the basic nutritional support program for all horses. DynaPro(tm) at times of stress is very important, too. The Basic nutritional support is not intended to be fed with other vitamin/mineral supplements or fortified feeds such as pellets or sweet feeds. Our Pelleted Grain Ration (PGR) or a dry COB (corn, oats, barley) is best. If your horse is sensitive to Oats, use a corn/barley mix. Often the temptation is to skip the basics and go right to the specialty formulas, when in fact 60 days on the low optimum levels of one of these two products may be all that is needed for optimum health and performance. Broodmares and growing horses should always have access to 1 to 1(tm) and/or 2 to 1(tm) Free Choice products as part of their basic program, and these two free choices along with Izmine(tm) and NTM Salt free choice is recommended for all horses. Evaluate results after 60 days on the basic program before determining a need for any other products, as a general rule.
Start on the products slowly. As with any change, the body needs time to adjust, particularly with regular formula Dynamite® or TNT(tm). Because of the lower levels of nutrients in Dynamite Plus(tm), this product can and should be fed at the maximum level for a few weeks initially. Horses who have been overloaded with supplements or rich feeds may benefit from 2 weeks on just Izmine(tm) or Excel(tm) and grass hay before starting the basic supplements.
Adjust the levels of supplementation to meet individual needs. Every horse is different, and the nutrient content of feeds varies dramatically. Using the recommended levels for each product as a guideline, you may wish to experiment to find the best program and combination for your area. The need for adjustments in the program can change with the seasons and with each new load of hay and/or grain, and with stress and activity levels. In the same barn, some horses will do better on Dynamite® or TNT(tm) , while others will want Dynamite Plus(tm). Your personal observations and intuition will be your best guide.
As you add in any of the specialty products, you may want to reduce the levels of the basic supplement. Obviously, you would not feed everything in the line to the same horse all at once! With our potent amino acid mineral chelates, "less is more". As a general rule, look to find the lowest level of each product or combination of products that will maintain the desired result. Especially when feeding Dyna Hoof(tm) and Super Stress(tm) you may need to lower the levels of the basic supplement. As the horse's body becomes optimally mineralized with the use of Dynamite® products, you may be able to reduce feed levels, as well.
You may not need to feed supplements every day. Especially with a horse in heavy performance training, it is a good idea to skip supplements one day a week to allow the body to flush any excess. Pick a day when stress or activity is low. Also remember that it is not possible to maintain an animal at a peak indefinitely. Successful trainers learn to "cycle" the various Dynamite® products in order to achieve optimum results at desired times. As you become more familiar with the various products you will be better able to make informed decisions as to their most appropriate uses.
Feed a simple and basic diet of top quality grass hay, with a little alfalfa added (not more than 1/5 of the total hay) if you wish. If you choose not to use our Pelleted Grain Ration, please use plain rolled grains. A good mix is 1/3 each by weight of oats, corn and barley, ideally with no molasses. Do not use Dynamite products with mixed feeds that have added vitamins and minerals, give Dynamite a chance to work without overloading your horse.
Make diet changes slowly, over at least a two week period. Using DynaPro(tm) daily will help your horse to maintain a healthy gut environment while changes in the feed program are being made. If your horse has been on a straight alfalfa, high protein sweet feeds or other rich diets, you may see some rebalancing and loss of water weight. Make changes slowly, and your horse will achieve optimum health and ideal weight.