Originally Posted by Joe4d
no way Id feed 30% protein feed. Didnt even know they made horsefeed that high.
The idea with ration balancers is to provide all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein that the horse needs to "balance their ration" of forage in a very small serving. Not much fat/fiber/calories. They are ideal for horses who don't need grain to maintain weight, but still provide a balanced diet that pasture/hay might be lacking. Really more of a pelleted supplement than "grain".
A horse eating 6 lbs (minimum amount to meet nutrient requirements on most feeds) of 10% protein feed will actually get MORE protein than a horse eating 1 lb 30% ration balancer. Make sense?
Mine eat 1/2 lb twice daily.
In the winter I feed traditional grain (high fat/fiber, low nsc) when they need the extra grain to maintain weight, but in the summer if I fed 6+ lbs of concentrate they would be obese sausage horses!
I really like this way of feeding in general, but I do wonder if it is not appropriate for endurance horses...