First of all Aussie I am sorry your thread has been highjacked.
Peggy this is my last post on this thread. But if you would like to debate it more I would be happy to on a new thread. This poster asked for opinions on feed for a shetland pony and I do feel I am entitled to give my opinion wether you agree with it or not.
Peggy equine jr is NOT a sweet feed. It is a complete feed. It has beet pulp, alfalfa etc etc already in each pellet. I know your signature says you are a food nazi but geesh.
Im wondering how many foals you have produced and do you show horses?? How many shetland ponies have you owned? Not that anyone has to do these things but it would probably give you a whole different perspective. Young growing foals need the extra protein and and fat that they get from feeds like Equine Jr. Pregnant mares also need extra nutrition the last 60 days of gestation.
I know for us when we did not feed it (back years ago when we started and I fell for the myth of "they only need good hay") Ours did not bloom and did not look good. They had bloated bellies and bad coats. That is what sent me on my search on how to properly feed young foals. Now our foals never get big bellies and they look fantastic.
I have many friends that use "ration balancers" and that works fine on adult idle horses that do nothing all day. But it doesnt work for growing horses, mares in foal or show horses that are worked.
There is no 'ONE WAY TO FEED ALL HORSES" that works. Every horse has to be looked at indivually and fed accordingly.
Here is a picture of one of our home grown show girls pictured here as a yearling. Fed only equine jr and a good quality hay. No supplements. She is the picture of health and is registered both American Shetland Pony and American Miniature Horse :)