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    09-13-2011, 12:15 AM
Question Nutrition, Ration Balancers, and Other Feeds

I recently started working at a natural/holistic pet store and have been learning a lot about pet nutrition, so I asked myself: What is my horse really eating??

I started doing some research on horse nutrition and different types of feed, and it seems like the new "thing" is Ration Balancers. From what I've been reading, they sound great and like that's the way to go, but I wanted to see if anyone on here has any experience with them, or knows a bit about nutrition in general that could give me an idea of what are the good foods/ingredients and what to stay away from...

ANY help/input would be greatly appreciated!!

FYI: I am leasing an 11yo quarter horse mare from my barn, I call her 'my' horse bc she baisically is. She's been eating the same grain as most of the school horses (Southern States Show & Pleasure, Pelleted), just want to see what other options are out there and if I should switch her to something better? I want her to be a healthy girl and to provide her with the best!

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    09-14-2011, 02:39 AM

IME 'ration balancers', just like anything else, feed or otherwise, can be good or bad, &/or suitable for your horse & his situation or not. I do think, after analysing a fair few, you generally tend to get what you pay for with them - eg. The cheaper ones may have lots of crap, not be so well balanced, you may need to feed a whole lot more of it, etc.

I would generally avoid feeding anything with grain &/or molasses to horses, of which many of these contain, and as for which ones may be appropriate for your situation, it depends on what your horse is already getting from his diet, so at least a basic diet analysis is a good idea IMO. I personally subscribe to a great service called that I reckon are great for that sort of thing & also have equine nutritionists(independent of feed co's) to ask questions of & get help from.

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