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post #1 of 61 Old 02-18-2013, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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What is a good ration balancer at a good price?

So the vet recommended I switch my air fern of a gelding to nutrenas balance ration balancer. Problem is that it's near $26 for a 40 pound bag. Now, would it be worth it to just put him on that or is there a different ration balancer that would work equally as well for less amount of money? I'm on a bit of a budget. I also don't know how he'll do on it. I got him in November and he needed weight. He's been doing great on safechoice original but the lowest amount I can feed him for his weight is 3 pounds per day and he's getting huge. He also has a risk of foundering. Any input is appericiated :)
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Unless he needs the added protein of a RB, just go with a loose vitamin/mineral blend. No sugars and no calories.

If he's going to die without some type of treat, give him 1# of the safechoice and add the loose vitamin to get the amount to where they need to be (probably about 2 oz).

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I just got him in November so I'm not sure if he'll actually maintain his weight with just a ration balancer alone which is why I'm weary to switch. But he is definitely getting too fat off of the safe choice. I'm just going off vets recommendations with the RB. Currently he's on 3# of safechoixe original. (Smallest amount i can feed for his recommended weight) and a pound of Omega max flax seed until spring hits then he'll be off that.
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3# of Safechoice is about 4.5 Mcal. 1# of a RB will be about 1.5 Mcal (about the same as 2# of grass hay. The RB will run you $.65/day. At $20 for Safechoice (I don't know what the price is but everything has gone up!), it would cost $1.20/day so you're already ahead. You've dropped his caloric intake and saved some $$.
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So basically the RB is cheaper in the long run then the safechoixe?
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but the lowest amount I can feed him for his weight is 3 pounds per day
I am not understanding this?

Most horses get along just fine on good quality hay. Unless the hay is deficient, you may not need to add anything.

We feed SafeChoice. We not feed per the bag instructions, we feed per need of the horse.
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^^that. Or put easier, 3lbs/day of SC=90lbs/month = little over 2 bags(don't recall 40 or 50lb bags)=37$. RB 1lb/day=30lbs/months=less than a bag=less than 26$ a month.
If he got fat on SC, only 3lbs, he'll do just fine on RB
Other possibility would be some alfalfa or grass pellets, and a vitamin/mineral supplement and his flax mixed in, soaked, of course.
Speaking about flax, a lb of that has tons of calories, too. I feed omega horseshine, 1/2 cup a day. Definitely not a lb. Something to take into consideration
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So basically the RB is cheaper in the long run then the safechoixe?
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Yes, one bag of RB will last over a month where you will need 2 bags of safechoice.
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I am not understanding this?

Most horses get along just fine on good quality hay. Unless the hay is deficient, you may not need to add anything.

We feed SafeChoice. We not feed per the bag instructions, we feed per need of the horse.
They have a calculation online and that's what I've been going by. Per his weight it says to feed between 3-6 pounds per day to get all vitamins and minerals, which is alot. But I will just switch him to the balancer. How much should I end up feeding him? Only a pound? Or two? Sorry, I've never used a balancer before.
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About a pound. Provided he has free choice hay, preferably in a slowfeeder.
Btw, I never fed any commercial feed according to the company's suggestions. As was mentioned above, good hay alone provides a bunch of the needed vit/mins already. Their amounts will make sure its the recommended daily amount, without taking hay/pasture into the equation . They do want to sell their feed, after all
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