Where I am moving to my brand choices are either tizwhiz, purina, or a locally mixed feed or pellet as I said before. I have been trying to look into some of the smaller companies up there and see what they have to offer and the vet has also put him on gastro-guard, sorry i forgot to mention that in a earlier post. For temporary time being he has been put onto startegy, per the vet, because he eats it a lot better than the omolene 200 he was on. Like I said before I did not really want to make this a permanent thing because i do not like the idea of a non fixed formula feed, they change it at all and he will not eat it...which will just cause me to do this again and again. I would just like to find a feed that is fixed formula pelleted, high fat, low starch, and tastes good to him!
I never thought about calling smartpak, I had used them previously, the only downfall with the minis is that everything they sell can not always be dosed down small enough for them... :( I know they have dosed some things down for me before and some of the stuff I had used I had to add in myself because they could not get such a small amount. But, this is something i will definitely look into again!!!
As far as the kent pruducts go, I am not against kent themselves and not blaming kent, just the local feed mill that sells it here because they did not even care that at their mills pesticide was dumped in it (it was a mineral molasses bucket) and it caused my friends 3 horses to all have liver damage and now her stallion is unbreedable due to it (things do not work right anymore) along with having seizures that medicine cannot control. Luckily he had learned to live with them and learned to go into the middle of the pasture where nothing can hurt him because the seizure causes him no pain as long as nothing is around to hurt him. They have also gotten less as time has went on so maybe we are hoping one of these days soon there will be no more seizures.
The mill I am referring to is a kent dealer, not a maker. They make their own feeds there and then also sell kent products on top of that.
Also where I am moving to is very much city, there are 3 local feed mills, 2 purina dealers and 1 tizwhiz and purina dealer. They both carry other products (very few pelleted from todays research, but I am not done researching things they have yet). The other products come from feed mills located in the state of ohio or indiana or I think the one even said kentucky and they are small feed milling companies. I wish that the one mill would carry what I use to buy up there because I never once had a problem with it, but they claimed that is jumped to $18 a bag and no one wanted to feed it anymore. I asked them to order it for me and they told me they could only order 10 bags at a time and I had to buy all 10 bags at once, it takes me with just 4 minis going with me, a month to go through 2 bags and I have no way to store 10 bags at one time. Yes, I know grain=starch
I will also add this to this post, I have had problems with pelleted feeds before so I am going back to this very leary of them. My problem was no matter how much I fed they all lost weight and looked really crummy, it was probably just that one brand I had bought (supposedly specially designed for miniature horses and ponies), but it ruined a lot of pelleted feed for me. This is why I am so leary of them.
I am not saying that I am dead set on one of these two feeds, but if it comes down to it, then these would be the best 2 I can come up with that he will eat and the rest will eat without me playing the mixing feed game! If I had a place to keep it all without it going bad or getting bugs or something, I would make my own feed mixture of what I really want along with my friend who is a horse nutritionalist, she is also trying to help me find something that is good for my stallion locally along with my vet here in southern ohio.
Sometimes I wonder what made me want miniatures to show because they are so hard to try to feed (until you get the right mix going on) and so easy to founder or cause ulcers in. Then I remember why I wanted them, it all began because I was so amazed at how something so small could do everything a riding horse can do just without a rider! Just the riding horses i had were always fat and happy and never had a problem with feeding them!
You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
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