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What is a ration balancer and where can you find one?

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    12-17-2008, 07:57 PM
My bad! Certainly don't rush, i'm glad you are helping me with this at all :]

I'm feeding the vitality plus as a supplement to their pasture, as to em it seems pretty balanced, but the ration balancers seem like they would be a better option. I know that we are low on Selenium in our soil, and both of them had a selenium supplement in them.

Do you think that adding Apple Cider Vinegar would disrupt anything? My pony is on it at the moment under directions from the Vet.

I've never been good with feeds!
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    12-17-2008, 08:02 PM
I am on the fence about ACV since there are no studies published showing it does much... although you can find pleenty of testimonials about it
    12-17-2008, 08:10 PM
We are feeding it because my pony recently (like two weeks ago) Was very sick, he had grit passing through that would periodically block his urethra so he couldn't pee. He came through it, but our vet recommended putting him onto ACV to keep him free of grit.
    12-17-2008, 08:20 PM
Always go with the vet over anybody on here on something like that ... I don't know about down there but I go with farrier for hoof and leg, vet for everything else EXCEPT feed... the vets up here have very little if any nutritional training ..
    12-17-2008, 08:34 PM
Definately. The only thing i'm wndering is if I fed ACV with a ration balancer, would it couse an inbalance... I read somewhere that you shouldnt add any supplement to a RB as it can throw it out of whack. At the moment I am just mixing the ACV into the Vitality plus, they get a small scoop each night.
    12-17-2008, 08:41 PM
It should be fine but with any diet change watch closely for any odd or signs that something is not right

Let me dig into that a bit more
    12-17-2008, 08:57 PM
Will do. If I do end up switching to a ration balancer it won't be for at least a month, as we just bought a new bag of Vitality Plus. So I will wait until nearly the end of the bag and then mix then as I introduce it.

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