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    05-05-2010, 11:03 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Need your opinion.. should I switch feed?

So I was going to post this under "Nutrition" but I figured I would get more replies here

So this new feed store opened up in town and they sell Nutrena and Purina feed. We currently are buying Seminole feed but the dealer is getting kind of pricey.
Tiger & Pepper are getting Gold Chance 10: Seminole Gold Chance 10
Gizmo is getting Seminole Senior Formula:
Seminole Senior Formula

We're thinking about switching over to either Nutrena or Purina, I was just wanting to get some other people's opinion. I want to know (1) if my horses are getting what they need out of their feed (2) if not if I need to switch to Nutrena or Purina and what specific feed would be best and (3) if I should start my horses on any supplements. Any advice AT ALL would be helpful.

So some things about my horses... (just for reference, my horses were getting about a scoop of food and 2 flakes of Orchard & Alfalfa hay a day during the winter and they were still skinny, but now that summer has hit I have to cut down becuase they get too fat & I fear they will founder, so only Tiger gets hay now because he is in a stall during the day)

Tiger- 11 years old, 14 hands. About 950 pounds? I currently compete in small local shows and barrel races with him. He is being ridden 2-4 times a week. I would like to start hunter under saddle and maybe dressage or jumping with him? He is in the stall for about 10 hours a day. He gets 1 flake of Orchard & Alfalfa hay in the morning and 3/4 scoop of Gold Chance 10 in the evening.
I also just started him on this hoof supplement because his hoofs get extra soft and start to tear up in the moist summer here (TLC Animal Nutrition, Inc. - The Most Trusted Name in Animal Health.)

Pepper- 18 years old, a little under 14 hands. Around 850 pounds? He is mostly a pasture horse except for now and then when we do a trail ride or fun show. He is just getting 3/4 scoop of Gold Chance 10 in the evening.

Gizmo- 19 years old, around 13 hands. Maybe 775 pounds? A girl is riding him in western pleasure in small shows. He is getting ridden about 3-4 times a week. He is getting 3/4 scoop of Seminole Senior in the evening.
I was also wondering if I should put him on any supplements? He has not had any problems with his joints but I would like to prevent any if possible. He has also had some colic issues in the past.

Okay I think that's it. Just wondering what feed and supplements you would recommend for my horses. Even if it is another Seminole feed. Thanks everyone in advance!
     
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    05-06-2010, 12:18 AM
  #2
Trained
2 flakes of hay per day in the winter? May I ask what size bales you feed from? I don't want to be at risk of being flamed, but that just doesn't seem like quite enough hay per day, per horse especially in the winter...no wonder they were getting thin. Winter time is a time in which I would rather see a horse a bit on the 'pudgey' side, than lean.

As far as a good feed, I really liked Ultium, and I think that one is by Purina. I'm not sure how that one compares, price wise, to the one you are feeding right now, though.

For your guy who has had colic issues, to be honest, I probably wouldn't change anything for him, especially because he is older; but if you do, just do it a bit more gradually than you do with the other two.
     
    05-06-2010, 09:49 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by mom2pride    
2 flakes of hay per day in the winter? May I ask what size bales you feed from? I don't want to be at risk of being flamed, but that just doesn't seem like quite enough hay per day, per horse especially in the winter...no wonder they were getting thin. Winter time is a time in which I would rather see a horse a bit on the 'pudgey' side, than lean.
No it's okay, I meant to say 2 flakes in the morning & 2 flakes at night. They were also getting fed twice a day.

And I will have to check that feed out that you like..
     
    05-07-2010, 12:18 PM
  #4
Foal
Anyone else???
     
    05-09-2010, 02:42 PM
  #5
Foal
All three manufacturers are big boys and make good feed--especially since the labelin rules from the USDA made them list all the good stuff on the tag.

Problem eaters--colic and such--are just that problems. If you are going to switch them slow is the key word.

Other than that brands are brands-- Kelloggs cereal or Post??

Matching the intake to the work with the proper roughage is the key. Seems as if they are all healthy you are doin a good job.

Don't fall for the brand hype and watch the tags and the corresponding price. Don't think you will find much difference in the price if the tags are the same.
     
    05-09-2010, 03:09 PM
  #6
Yearling
I feed Purina Horse Chow 100. I just spent some time at the feed store having the diet I inherited evaluated by the very knowledgeable ladies there and they were saying very positive things about this particular food.
     
    05-09-2010, 03:34 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I have feed safe choice and strategy and both have been fine but I wouldn't say that they were inexpensive so not sure what you pay for the other. I think it would be helpful if people said where they live. In cold climates 4 flakes a day wouldn't be adaquate.
     

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