Thanks, for all the help!! So as long as she has plenty of good quality hay I just need to supplement with a little grain, that has the nutrients the hay is lacking? Correct me if I am wrong;) In my area fescue and bermuda are the most common, which is better?? And if I cut out my sweet mix any suggestions on a good all around ration balancer?
Good quality hay and the ration balancer is all you really need... if a horse is really working like endurance, barrels, reining, cutting etc... then yes they're probably going to need something with more calories etc... you can always have your hay tested to see what it contains - my whole thing from switching to a grain to a RB is to keep the sugar and starch levels down in my horses... that's why I don't feed my horses sweet feed.... too high in NSC which can lead to issues further down the line.
Originally Posted by CBailey04
Also the Enrich 32 that is considered a ration balancer? I am going to do some research on it and I had her on triple crown feed this whole first year of owning her but its just too expensive, do you think the RB is more economical?
Now your RB's are going to be more expensive then your regular grain BUT you feed less of it... I pay $24.00 for my Enrich 32..but one bag lasts me quite a while...
I forgot to add that I make sure my horse has free-choice hay to nibble on at all times, aside from the initial 2 flakes - I also have a large hay net in her shed that I keep full, and notice she nibbles quite a bit during these long, cold nights.
Amazing how their body chemistry works at keeping them warm as they digest forage! Grain, as we must remember, is simply a small supplement.