deserthorsewoman: I didn't quite understand your comment about the Purina product. Could you explain what you meant?
"Re the vit/min....check on Purina Enrich or other ration balancers ...gives you all necessary nutrients, a bit mass compared to a 2oz supplement, for adding the oil."
I have considered the slow net feeders and I would like to get one or two. I am debating where to put it and which type- some of the reviews were bad so I need to find a well constructed one. WAY more natural for them!
Downside: our hay is in very tight flakes so that would involve lots of hand pulling apart and fluffing. If I can get my parents to do that I would like to switch (Horses live on my parents farm- I don't feed).
Oldhorselady: I agree that grain is ok if it benefits the horse. I used to feed a lot of it previously. Can I ask is your horse on the TC Senior because she/he needs a senior supplement, for weight gain, for adding fat to the EPSM diet? I'm assuming it is a little bit of each of those. I considered feeding Purina WellSolve L/S, but it says she needs 10 pounds to get all vitamin/mineral and its $30 a bag. The way I understood it is that this feed is designed to provide vitamins/minerals like a RB, but because of the bulk of roughage in it you get more calories and can feed less hay. If this is the only advantage (for my horse) then I would rather just feed the Enrich 12 RB. I am definitely open to adding grain at some point if she needs it or I want to feed less hay.
Also, is the Vitamin E in your grain/RB low and that's why you have a Vitamin E supplement?
Left Hand Percherons:
I agree Progressive is overpriced, at least for a horse like mine it doesn't work well. I don't understand the rep's idea of more amino acids either. He has seen the hay analysis so his recommendation doesn't make sense. Plus, doesn't doubling the RB cause you to over feed vitamins and minerals? Obviously feeding varies by weight, but I was under the impression that 1 pound was sufficient for 1000-1100 pounds.
You are right about the muscle building- I didn't phrase that correctly.
Thanks for your help everybody!
P.S. As if I'm not busy enough figuring out all of these issues, Harmony went and gashed her head open today!
We are going to get stitches this afternoon. What a little booger!