Ok, so I have had my horse for 4 years now and he has always been on a 12% protien feed. When I first bought him, the barn I was at had a 14% feed that they swore by, but the high protien content made him a little hot and I was advised to bring him down to 12% to help with the twitchy edge the high protien seemed to give him. He has been on 12% ever since.
I recently moved to a barn that feeds Nutrina Safe Choice and they swear by its low sugar and starches. I figured since my horse would now be turned out on grass for almost 12 hours a day (he had never been on grass before and yes, he was appropritely weaned onto it), I could cut down the amount of grain he got and the 14% may not affect him the way it did 4 years ago.
However, the barn we moved from was a disaster and I am in the middle of treating an ulcer. And due to a hoof issue we had we are currently not working and haven't for over 2 months. So with all this, I feel the digestable energies in a 14% are just to much for my gelding. I asked the barn owner if he could order for me Tribute Kalm Ultra (a Kalmbach feed) that is a 12% that I really liked when he was on it. He said ok, and said that the grain guy they order from would do it, but he wanted to talk to me first. So I called him and he basically sales pitched me the Safe Choice. He also disagreed with me on the digestable energy of the protien content and said that horses don't get "hot" or their "energy source" from protien. They get it from the fats. But this is not what I have been taught by very knowledgable sources.
I use FeedXL to balance my horses diet and I cannot get a good diet with the Safe Choice. But did well with the Tribute. So what is it? 12% or 14% that made my horse a little hot? Also, he just doesn't eat the Safe Choice. He leaves a lot behind. Anyone know anything about this product? The grain guy claimed he might not be eating it because its hot outside or because he is full, but my horse has never left grain behind. And the ulcer shouldn't be affecting his appitie at his stage of treatment.
Any thoughts on this?