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    01-13-2010, 11:12 AM
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It's always more expensive (I'm talking about Triple Crown (I use now, the cheapest I could find), Purina (that one is VERE expensive), Buckeyes (spell), and it was also Triumph, but I'm not sure it still exists).
Which purina feed are you talking about? The only one I've found to be expensive is L/S, its $26 a bag.

Our pellets go for about $16 a bag, as well as sweet feed. The BO currently buys from a local producer, but I know its not the best quality available, which is why Im looking into purina. Most pellets also do have molasses for it to be palatable, but not nearly as much as sweet feed. And most all grains do have corn in them, usually corn meal. I have no problem with a small amount of corn, as long as its not whole cernals.
     
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    01-13-2010, 11:14 AM
  #22
Green Broke
I just wanted to say that I always thought my horses did "fine" on their old diet(s). I just figured my mare was one of those cranky mares during her heats (she never was "hot" on any kind of feed) and my husband's gelding was a typical hard keeper "sensitive" TBxArab. Feeding hoof supplements to my mare and shoeing her was "normal" because her feet were "genetically not great" due to her halter breeding (she's an Impressive grandaughter, N/N). I figured slightly dull coats in the winter and faded (slightly dull) coats in the hieght of the summer was normal for my horses and our area (we have really hot/humid summers where the horses sweat a lot).

Since switching to our current diet, I realized all of those things I thought before were not necessarily true.

Yes, my mare's feet are a bit senstive on rocks, but she has no problem going barefoot in the pasture and arena, without ever chipping or cracking any more.

The rest of the things I thought were "normal" all resolved. My hard keeper now gets fat on barely 1.5 qts of "feed" a day, without any probiotics or weight building supplemets. He's also much more level headed. My mare's heats aren't nearly as bad. Their coats stay shiney year-round, and don't fade as much in the summer.

So, while some horses do "fine" on sweet feed or pelleted feeds, they may actually do better with a more natural forage-based diet.
     
    01-13-2010, 11:16 AM
  #23
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
Which purina feed are you talking about? The only one I've found to be expensive is L/S, its $26 a bag.

Our pellets go for about $16 a bag, as well as sweet feed. The BO currently buys from a local producer, but I know its not the best quality available, which is why Im looking into purina. Most pellets also do have molasses for it to be palatable, but not nearly as much as sweet feed. And most all grains do have corn in them, usually corn meal. I have no problem with a small amount of corn, as long as its not whole cernals.
Purina Ultium is pretty high. I tried that with my hard keeper gelding and all it did was make him more hyper, lol. It didn't add much weight to him at all, even when fed to the bag's maximum recommendations.
     
    01-13-2010, 11:22 AM
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Yup. I wont feed Ultium its a performance feed isnt it?

I wont feed anything unless its just a plain pellet, at or under 12% fat, and at least 18% fiber. I was looking into horse chow or adult. They have alot of fiber and low fat. I wanted to get L/S but right now we have another horse at the barn who isnt mine. I'm not paying $26 a bag, when 1/3 would go to someone elses horse. The BM will provide standard 12% pellets, but if I want my own kind I have to pick it up.
     
    01-13-2010, 11:24 AM
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So, while some horses do "fine" on sweet feed or pelleted feeds, they may actually do better with a more natural forage-based diet.
Yup. You never know how good it can get till you switch to something better
     
    01-13-2010, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
Which purina feed are you talking about? The only one I've found to be expensive is L/S, its $26 a bag.

Our pellets go for about $16 a bag, as well as sweet feed. The BO currently buys from a local producer, but I know its not the best quality available, which is why Im looking into purina. Most pellets also do have molasses for it to be palatable, but not nearly as much as sweet feed. And most all grains do have corn in them, usually corn meal. I have no problem with a small amount of corn, as long as its not whole cernals.
You are right it's Purina L/S. I believe it's $24 in my local store (too much for me to feed). I found another store with Triple Crown and same low starch is $16 there (sweet feed is $13-14 though). I'm lucky enough to buy my own feed. But I know what you are saying - my previous BO used to buy the "local made" feed and oh was it STICKY!
     
    01-13-2010, 12:17 PM
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For L/S you only need like .25lbs per 100lbs of body weight. So for my mare its about 2.5lbs. It reality that's not alot of feed. So if its a 50lb bag, I only need to get a new bag every 20 days. But that's just for one horse.

The woman at the feed store said it doesn't sell alot. Its geared towards laminitis/chushings horses, that are on a vet perscribed diet. Its more of a perscription type feed. And they don't even carry as much as I would need.
     
    01-13-2010, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
For L/S you only need like .25lbs per 100lbs of body weight. So for my mare its about 2.5lbs. It reality that's not alot of feed. So if its a 50lb bag, I only need to get a new bag every 20 days. But that's just for one horse.

The woman at the feed store said it doesn't sell alot. Its geared towards laminitis/chushings horses, that are on a vet perscribed diet. Its more of a perscription type feed. And they don't even carry as much as I would need.
I give approximately 2 lbs/day + flax/boss each. So the bag lasts about 10 days. Not bad. They are getting very hot on everything else I tried (including pure oats) and this one is just beet pulp mostly.
     
    01-13-2010, 08:17 PM
  #29
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I am not sure if you have this brand of feed in your area, but I use Super Horse made by Manna Pro 10% (protein) pellets for my horse and he was on a 10% (protein) sweet feedbefore this. Since switching him to the pellets, he has calmed down slightly, put on weight which what I wanted, and in general does really well on the pellets.
     
    01-13-2010, 08:39 PM
  #30
Green Broke
Ok well the Sweet feed I use isn't really all that sticky. As less sticky is better. And it costs anywhere from 7-9 dollars a bag for a 50 pound bag of food. So our food is pretty cheap but it works and the horses are happy and healthy and that's all I ask of them.
     

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