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  • How much is purina omolene 200 at tractor supply
  • Omolene 200 and alfalfa pellet mix is it a good idea

 
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    03-04-2011, 06:28 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
I don't like straight sweet feed at ALL...I use Nutrena Safe Choice which is a dry pellet and mix in Purina Omolene 200 that is an all grain feed (kinda like a sweet feed but ALOT btter) for my barrel horse..my other horse is 21 and he gets Nutrena Life Design Senior..I just don't think sweet feeds cut it..I wouldn't recommend it to anyone..and you definitely get what you pay for..Cheap prices mean cheap feed..Just my opinion..
SafeChoice has just as much sugar in the form of starch as sweet feed. You're not really helping your horse's diet much with that mix, besides throwing the nutritent balance out of whack.

Any feed, pelleted, textured (Omelene is textured), or whole grains that has corn or corn and molasses in it is high in sugars/starches and not that great for your horse.

Compare sweet feed to cookies. They have some nutrient value, but mostly sugar.

Compare high starch pelleted or textured feeds to cereal or power bars. They have more nutrition and even fiber/protein, but they still have LOADS of sugar and are not that healthy eaten on a regular basis.
     
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    03-04-2011, 06:40 PM
  #12
Green Broke
If you feed grass hay/pasture, I would feed Seminole's Equalizer, which is a ration balancer. You only feed 1-2 lbs a day per horse.
Seminole Equalizer - Ration Balancer for horses

For the horses that need added calories, add to their feed alfalfa pellets or shredded beet pulp, 2-4 lbs a day, and a fat source like flax meal or other flax-based fat supplement product. I really like Standlee Alfalfa or Alfalfa/Timothy hay pellets. My tractor supply carries them in 40 lbs bags for $7.99/10.99 respectively. They're very affordable to feed. And, if you buy 20 bags of feed at a time, you get a 5% discount. You can mix and match different feeds, even dog/cat food .
     
    03-04-2011, 08:02 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
If you feed grass hay/pasture, I would feed Seminole's Equalizer, which is a ration balancer. You only feed 1-2 lbs a day per horse.
Seminole Equalizer - Ration Balancer for horses

For the horses that need added calories, add to their feed alfalfa pellets or shredded beet pulp, 2-4 lbs a day, and a fat source like flax meal or other flax-based fat supplement product. I really like Standlee Alfalfa or Alfalfa/Timothy hay pellets. My tractor supply carries them in 40 lbs bags for $7.99/10.99 respectively. They're very affordable to feed. And, if you buy 20 bags of feed at a time, you get a 5% discount. You can mix and match different feeds, even dog/cat food .
Alrighty. This sounds like a good idea. Luvs2ride1979 Thanks for the help.
I will also look at other post to and take them into consideration.
     

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