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    10-18-2012, 06:45 PM
  #11
Green Broke
The fixed, published-on-the-internet ingredients list is one of the first things that got me interested in Triple Crown- they also publish their NSC (in detail) and omega-3 & 6 levels, to boot! There's only one store that carries Triple Crown 30% Supplement in my area, so I consider Nutrena Empower Balance as my back-up plan, but I'd much rather have the TC30
     
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    10-23-2012, 02:22 PM
  #12
Started
So for anyone interested I found the ingredients!! Ironically it's stapled onto the bottom of the bag :P couldnt see it when my bag was in the grain bin!

Out of respect for the company I wont post the whole list, but here's what caught my eye and made me like/dislike it.
There is in fact soy bean meal in it, which makes me want to change personally. But the rest of the list looks quality, there's wheat middlings and ground flax seed and every sort of vitamin and mineral you could think of. There's also molasses which I think makes that red coloring :) there is iron oxide in it which could contribute to the color, but I don't think there's a huge amount as it's later in the list. Also there is copper in it, which is good to know for me as I was going to add a coat supplement with copper, but I don't want to overdo that, but it's also good to know for people who have sheep not to use this in their reach.
I feed my horse about 3.5 cups a day split up of course - I also supplement with magnesium and b1 in her calming supplement, I add brewer's yeast but afer reading the ingredients i'll stop doing that - can horses have too much of the B vitamins? I also give her smart omega.

So that's what i've got! If you wanna read the whole thing it's on a little card stapled to the bottom of the bag :)
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    10-24-2012, 03:20 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Soy is a very hard ingredient to avoid in horse feed. Every ration balancer that I've seen publish their ingredient list online has included soybean meal, almost always in the top 3 ingredients because it's the major source of protein in the feed. The only exception I can think of off hand is McCauley's M10 Balancer, which doesn't publish the ingredient list online, but does state that it is soy-free. Their higher protein ration balancer, M30, does not make the same claim.

B1 is a water soluble vitamin, so any excess just gets passed out with the urine.
     
    10-24-2012, 11:26 AM
  #14
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Thanks Verona! I personally don't like soy for my mares as it tends to make their heat cycles worse, but my mare's has always been so unnoticeable I may not bother with taking her off it. I know soy is an excellent source of protein, but so is Alfalfa, soy is just cheaper.
Thanks about the B1!
     
    10-24-2012, 12:49 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PunksTank    
Thanks Verona! I personally don't like soy for my mares as it tends to make their heat cycles worse, but my mare's has always been so unnoticeable I may not bother with taking her off it. I know soy is an excellent source of protein, but so is Alfalfa, soy is just cheaper.
Thanks about the B1!
When you're creating a feed that's 30% protein, alfalfa (15-20% protein) isn't enough. Soybean meal is 45-55% protein, which I believe is why you'll almost always find it in "high protein" ration balancers.

Now I'm interested to go see how many of the 'regular' grains have soy in them...
     

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