one question, walkinthewalk--you mentioned Purina had a lot of corn--is that bad? What would be best first ingredient?
There's really nothing wrong with corn as long as the easy keeper horse is getting worked and doesn't continue to gain weight.
I have two horses with metabolic issues - I have to keep their sugar/starch as low as possible. No corn, oats, barley, etc.
They can't have soy either. Soy is the protein source for 99% of feeds and vit/min supplements. I have to buy EquiPride, which is soy-free.
On that subject, IMO the present “mania” against sweet feed is largely misplaced. Some very small number of horse will react negatively, but in the vast majority of cases it’s a great “so what” if all the other basic principles of equine nutrition are being followed. The purpose of the molasses in sweet feed is a binder for the other ingredients. It does increase palatability but is of such a small percentage as it probably has minimal effects in other areas.
<sigh> I suppose we will forever agree to disagree on that one. I hope you never have to deal with an easy keeper horse that is genetically predisposed to insulin problems, and you suddenly find yourself splitting "NSC & WSC" hairs to keep its insulin stabilized.
Have you ever seen some of that cheap crap local feed stores make and fill it so full of molasses that it freezes in chunks in the winter? Even I, who can down a big bag of Hersheys Kisses in one sitting, can't stand to look at that stuff.
I will contintue my own personal crusade against sweet feed and you can continue to categorize me in the "mania group". My 5'3" self has huge shoulders and fairly thick skin