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post #1 of 31 Old 02-17-2014, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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amplify vs rice bran

I would like to put some weight on my pony and have two high recommendations which are Amplify and Rice bran. Our local feed store is a great family friend since before they owned the store, so I know to them its not about money and they gave warning that amplify can be expensive, but aside from money, what are the pro's and cons of each?
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They both work just fine. I personally like ultra shine by dumor at tsc. It has rice bran and flaxseed oh and the best part a huge bag that last my 2 horses months, only costs $30. One of my geldings was 500 pounds underweight and with the ultra shine and some safe choice perform he's now up to 1200 pounds and his coat looks amazing. Even his winter coat shines. I know the amplify is some really amazing stuff but for the price its a little unaffordable for me so we stick with the ultra shine. Hope this helps
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I wouldn't buy either as the feed I use contains the same things as in the Amplify - Rice bran, soy oil and flax seed
I do add extra oil in the winter but I use Farnams Wheat Germ Oil that has Vitamins A, D & E (about $22 for a gallon - recommended daily amount is 1 ounce)
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What are you currently feeding?
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I've never fed either (well sorta), but from seeing horses on both I think the Amplify makes horses hotter than the rice bran does. I do feed Purina Ultium which has Amplify in it but the gelding that gets it gets barely any and is a lazy pokey type so I don't think anything would make him hot.

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I have used rice bran and Amplify and I go for the Amplify now. I haven't seen the results with rice bran that I get with Amplify. Yes, it is expensive but I get quick results that enables me to stop using it faster than the rice bran. Rice bran is not cheap either, IMO.

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I prefer plain rice bran over products like Amplify or Horseshine if you can find a stabilized rice bran. Unstabilized rice bran goes rancid very quickly, before it even makes it to the feed store shelf in some cases. Depending on the rest of your horse's diet, you might also need to have one that's fortified (added calcium to offset the high phosphorous content). Finding a stabilized, fortified rice bran might be a challenge in your area (I had to look at 3 different feed stores in my area to find it!) and it will add a lot to the cost. At that point, Amplify, Horseshine, etc. can be cost competitive and may be easier to find (and these ones are already stabilized & fortified)

However, I really like flaxseed more than any of those. It's higher fat than rice bran (rice bran is ~20% fat, while flaxseed is >30%) and is much better balanced for omega-3 fatty acids. This is especially important for horses that aren't on fresh grass, as they usually don't have a good source of omega-3's but get a bunch of omega-6's from pelleted feeds & grains.

Triple Crown makes a stabilized ground flaxseed called Omega Max, though you can also feed whole seeds or grind your own (though if you do grind your own, do it fresh daily)
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I like using whole flaxseed and alfalfa pellets, with a little water in the mix to make the flaxseed stick to the pellets. I also add a locally made supplement, Northwest Horse. But I am no expert, just been listening on here and reading research online.
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She is currently on 1 alfalfa 1grassy alfalfa 2x a day and I want another 200 pounds on her. She is in a large roundpen and gets light work 1hr 2x a day.
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She is currently on 1 alfalfa 1grassy alfalfa 2x a day and I want another 200 pounds on her. She is in a large roundpen and gets light work 1hr 2x a day.
IMO only, if she's 200 lbs underweight she should not be in any kind of work at all. I would give her the alfalfa 2X daily and then all the grass hay she could hold, free choice 24/7. My choice for her weight gain would be to feed Ultium Compete and Amplify.
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