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post #11 of 20 Old 10-23-2008, 08:01 PM
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Besides every horse...olympian or pasture ornament deserves the best we can offer. .

This was my thought as well that I left out LOL

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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post #12 of 20 Old 10-23-2008, 08:06 PM
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None of the companies I have are TX based or even that area only

so you are looking at going with a National brand like Triple Crown, Buckeye, Purina, Progressive and I am checking the other smaller companies as welll

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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post #13 of 20 Old 10-23-2008, 08:22 PM
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THis company carries TDI 30 Supplement high nutrition then you can add calories or fat as needed

Clark’s Feed and Fertilizer
Hwy 94, 1/2 mile West of Loop 287
Lufkin, Texas 75915
P (936) 632-0094
F (936) 875-5259

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post #14 of 20 Old 10-23-2008, 08:23 PM
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Purina Mills Horse
of course wonderful Purina has dealers all over you IF you have to use them look at the Enrich32

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Thanks for all the help Peggy! Im looking into the TDI first...I tend to stay away from Purina if I can. Thanks again!
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I didn't see any progressive dealers close to you at all...

I would like to see more info on the TDI but I couldnt' really FIND anything I wish they put more on teh website

But I agree with you on staying away from Purina if at all possible ... thier quality is NOT up to my standards at all

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post #17 of 20 Old 10-24-2008, 05:52 AM
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Yeah if youre buying different hay every month (i'm in the same boat, my fodder store uses a few different suppliers), getting tests is just a waste of money.
Aim for getting a GENERAL idea of what the land in your area is like (ie some places might be entirely deficient in iodine, or copper, or god knows what) and adjust your horse's diet accordingly.
It never hurts to throw the basics in anyway, my horse gets garlic (full of sulphur, and is antibacterial, antifungal, anti parasitical), rosehips (source of vitamin C, good for lungs and hooves), seaweed (helps absorb all other vits/minerals), brewers yeast (full of B group vitamins) and apple/cider/vinegar oil. I keep forgetting to add it, but I'm supposed to use copper sulphate (teaspoon a day as well) as Australia has barely any copper.

There are quite a few fantastic books on this subject- make sure you cross refernce though, and don't take the first book you see at face value!
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But I agree with you on staying away from Purina if at all possible ... thier quality is NOT up to my standards at all
Purina is always so vague about their ingredients
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and if YOU read my FIRST post that is what I said
Then why reply to me negatively if you agree? Isn't that a bit silly? lol

To the OP, I agree, Purina is not great. That's why I feed chopped pre-bloom alfalfa with a little oats and a vitamin supplement designed for horses on no fortified grain. None of the stores within decent driving distance of me carry anything but Purina... The supplement I'm currently feeding is Uckele's Equi-Base Grass. It's not cheap, but they have a great reputation. I'll let you know how I like it in a month or so. I justed started them on it last week. Before that I was feeding SmartPak's SmartVite Maintanence Grass. It was fine, just not as nutrient dense as Uckele's.
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Then why reply to me negatively if you agree? Isn't that a bit silly? lol

To the OP, I agree, Purina is not great. That's why I feed chopped pre-bloom alfalfa with a little oats and a vitamin supplement designed for horses on no fortified grain. None of the stores within decent driving distance of me carry anything but Purina... The supplement I'm currently feeding is Uckele's Equi-Base Grass. It's not cheap, but they have a great reputation. I'll let you know how I like it in a month or so. I justed started them on it last week. Before that I was feeding SmartPak's SmartVite Maintanence Grass. It was fine, just not as nutrient dense as Uckele's.
I actually don't like Uckele products. I did their expensive hair analysis...which was interesting and then spent over $300 on a custom mineral mix that they made specifically for my horse. After a month on the product my horse (who his whole life has always been steady as a rock and not spook at anything) was scared of his own shadow...started bolting away from me when I tried to halter him and just was not himself. When I called Uckele to ask about the problem...they said "that behavior was normal...because toxins were leaving his body." Which I thought was a load of BS and asked for my money back. They didn't give me one cent back. I can't speak for their other products...but the hair analysis, custom mix and customer support is lacking.
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