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post #1 of 30 Old 01-29-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Nutrena Life Design Senior Horse Feed better then purina senior?

I currently feed my 30+ year old gelding purina, but I saw the nutrena at tractor supply today and the ingredients(which I can't find listed online anywhere) seem better then the purina, but I don't really know much about equine nutrition so i'd figure i'd come on here and ask the more knowledgeable people, it's also 14-15 a bag vs the 16-17 for purina, but price really isn't much of a factor, I hear triple crown is very good, but I can't find a place to get that here, it's looking like our only options are purina, nutrena, or dunmore are our only options around here
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Nutrena has some good things I haven't seen in purina. Check to see if it contains lechitin. The Nutrena we feed (Safe Choice) has it as an ingredient which is very helpful for digestion in any age. They also are putting less sugary additives in their feed now, as is Purina in some of their feeds. Best thing is to read the labeling carefully. If you don't see anything on the label ask your feed store to show you the ingredient list, they should have it on hand.

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I prefer Nutrena to Purina... Nutrena adds probiotics to their feed too which to me is a BIG plus

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I worry about any bag of feed - that has the Ingredients on a tag, sewn to the bag. Because that means that the formula, changes all the time in accordance to what products they can get cheaper at that time to make the feed.

I now, only buy a brand of feed, that has the Ingredients printed on the bag itself - which means that the formula is a fixed formula, and never changes in accordance to what they can get cheaper or not.

The only Purina Product that I know of, that has the Ingredients listed on the bag itself, is Purina Ultium. I feel that is the best Purina product.

Many at my barn have been feeding Purina Senior, and since we've been talking with Equine Nutritionists about this, many have switched from Purina to Buckeye or Tripple Crown. Including myself. I feed Tripple Crown Senior.

I have never looked at the bags of Nutrina, and its ingredients....I think they sell it at TSC, next time I am in, I'll have to look.

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I've fed Nutrena products for years. When I was feeding Nutrena Senior, they offered 2 types.. one with beet pulp, and one without. I prefered the one with for my old guy. The same store didn't sell both types. Orchelns and Southern States Feeds are the only 2 places I've seen and bought the Senior with beet pulp.
Now lol... my beef with Nutrena reps - I have moved to an area with no Orchelns or SS. All I've seen here is Senior without beet pulp. I've contacted reps for my area, and they say there is not 2 types and it all has beet pulp... um, yes there are 2 types and no one does not have it. Same with the Nutrena page on Facebook when I mentioned it. All I wanted was to find the closest place to me that sold the one with bp.
Why they would tell a person such a thing when there are 2 types is beyond me.. they even look and smell different with the bp or without. One with states clearly on the bag it contains bp and flax. Doesn't say much about their reps, which makes me wonder about higher up in corporate.
I will say they have a good product, my old guy did great on their Senior, my youngers great on the life design prime, which brings me BACK to their ignorant reps lol... I fed 12% Prime. I move here and can only find 10% and 14%. I ask rep to bring in 12%.. he argues with me they don't make a 12% Prime. I had to show the store clerk a bag (i'd brought 100lbs with me in the move) to verify I'm not out of my mind and for them to tell the rep over the phone that yes, you DO make a 12%.
I do like their products, but my God dealing with their ignorant reps has taken a big toll on me

Edited to say they do now sell my 12% Prime here at TSC lol

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Between those two

Nutrena it's nutritonal package is more bioavaliable then purina's :) And it is a fixed formula I was shocked to discover

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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^^ That is good to know Peggy!

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good to know, after we are down to 1 bag of purina i'll work on switching him, we just got feed so right now we have like 5 or so bags...for my other horses(13 going on 14 year old OTTB mare and 20ish year old very easy keeper appy) we currently have then on strategy healthy edge, does Nuterna have a formula that would be better for them? Bella(the ottb) gets hot on strategy GX and she can also be a little difficult to keep weight on(not as bad as Blue, my senior tho) Legacy my appy gets fat just looking at food(although he's just about perfect right now) but I really don't want 3 different kinds of feed, is there something that both Legacy and Bella would do good on?
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Safe choice is NOT a good option it is not a fixed formula and doesn't have same nutritinally package as the senior feeds.

I would probably try to get Nutrena's Empower BALANCER for all of them and then use the alfalfa cubes and stuff for hte calories on the old man and Bella

Then you have nutrition covered with just 1 1/2 lbs and then add the calories for each horse

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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I've heard bad things about Purina, but I use Nutrena to keep weight on my senior and it works very well.
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