So, if you're giving your horse 20 lbs of 8% protein hay or pasture a day, then that horse is getting 1.6 lbs of protein.
My contention is that sure he gets less but it is STILL 8%. Just because you feed less does not mean for some reason that 8% dropped to 1%
If your horse is getting 1 lbs of 32% protein RB, then he's getting another 5 OUNCES of protein.
Let me finish that sentence--
If your horse is getting 1 lbs of 32% protein RB, then he's getting another 5 OUNCES of protein AT 32 %
If your horse is getting 5 lbs of 12% protein sweet feed, then he's getting another 9-10 OUNCES of protein.
And I will finish this sentence--
If your horse is getting 5 lbs of 12% protein sweet feed, then he's getting another 9-10 OUNCES of protein AT 12%
Which is the lower protein diet then? Why, the RB diet!!
The amout of protein has been lowered but NOT the concentration and my other post was about the concentration
Yes, high protein DIETS are not good for some horses. But the WHOLE DIET must be high in protein. Like if you were giving your horse 15 lbs a day of straight Alfalfa hay at 17% protein plus 6 lbs a day of a high performance grain/feed that was 16% protein, then yes, that would be bad. Your horse would be consuming about 3 1/2 lbs of protein a day.
The actual protein CONCENTRATION would be 16.5 and concentration is what I am arguing not the amount.
However, if you're feeding 20 lbs of grass hay with 1 lb of a Ration Balancer, then your horse is only getting about 1 3/4 lbs of protein daily. That is quiet low.
Sorry but no matter how you slice it putting in any feed with very high level of protein is a shock to the kidneys.
Case in point...I put my horse at a place where he was being fed 4 flakes of hay daily along with regular grain at 10%. They were told the hay was high in protein..................and it was after some suspicious things happening it was tested and came up at 28% protein level. Now by your reasoning that is a better feed program than if he got 9 flakes of hay at 12% protein.
Fortunately all the horses recovered but their urine was a gashly color and one was very, very sick.