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  • Brands of ration balancer pellets
  • Max-e-glo rice bran pellet list of ingredients

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    08-23-2012, 12:58 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Yeap, I am currently trying to get sugar out of my mare's diet as well. I know Red cell is all vitamins/minerals/blood builder but I would never feed it without a vet approval. I'm sure there are plenty you can order. Have you asked your vet what they would recommend?
     
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    08-23-2012, 01:07 PM
  #12
Yearling
Not yet, we're likely going to ask the vet who does the PPE. For regular vet visits, emergencies and vaccinations.. we'll just be using the vet that my instructor uses.

I was looking at the Tractor Supply Company, and they don't have what you suggested.. but they have Max-E-Glo Pelleted Rice Bran. I'm thinking it's by the same company, so would it be similar? I'm hoping they'll have more variety than they have on the website though.

ETA: I did find a website with international shipping.. that sells the Healthy Glow, so that's an option now. :)
     
    08-23-2012, 01:11 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Max-E-Glo Stabilized Rice Bran Meal & Pellet | Manna Pro

I don't think it's the same company. But take a look through and see if it has the same ingredients.
     
    08-23-2012, 01:22 PM
  #14
Yearling
I'll have to do up a spreadsheet or something to compare them.. or I'll just go grab a few bags at the store and compare the ingredients and values. Hopefully I'll find something that works!
     
    08-23-2012, 02:00 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Jore    
I'll have to do up a spreadsheet or something to compare them.. or I'll just go grab a few bags at the store and compare the ingredients and values. Hopefully I'll find something that works!
Has your dad patted himself on the back yet for raising such a responsible, logical, and reasonably thinking young lady?

Maxi-Glo is made by MannPro; a livestock feed company that has been around forever and has a great reputation.

I haven't been able to buy Equi-Jewel rice bran for several years, so have been buying Maxi-Glo instead. It does not have anything extra in it, just plain rice bran

I suggested a ration balancer over grain due to the ulcer issues - even if they are infrequent. The rice bran would make up the fat difference and enhance her energy level in a positive way

Also, just for your notebook, sometimes ulcers can cause problems when a horse is wormed, given bute or aspirin, or sometimes standard vaccines may cause flare-ups. It might always be prudent to remind the vet of the ulcers and to keep her on pre-probiotics before wormings.

My Arab has mild gastric ulcers, but can be wormed without issue; he and the other three are on a pre-probiotic. The TWH with hind gut and suspected lipomas is another matter. We haven't had to face worming since his diagnosis and I am not looking forward to it, if the fecal results say "he needs wormed".
     
    08-23-2012, 02:04 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Walk - Does the max e glo rice bran have any added sugars/molasses? I couldn't really find an ingredient list online and I'm concerned that my healthy glo rice bran smells so good that it has molasses, although that doesn't have an ingredient list online and of course I keep forgetting to look at the darn label.
     
    08-23-2012, 02:42 PM
  #17
Yearling
I think he appreciates it somewhat.. even if it means more expensive food. I've done the same for my Papillon, she gets Acana Ranchlands.. simply because it's completely grain-free, lower protein than Orijen (one of the top quality kibbles, but it has too much protein for small breeds) and it has little fish ingredients.. because I'm pretty sure she has an allergy. This horse will get the same consideration about her diet! :)

So should I do a ration balancer w/ the rice bran (hopefully with the added calcium to balance it out) or should I just get the vitamin/mineral supplements w/ the rice bran? I'm thinking I'll buy alfalfa cubes too, or alfalfa pellets.. because I think I saw such a thing on a few websites. Are they supposed to be soaked, or dry? Or is there a big difference?

I think I have enough questions to write a novel. :)
     
    08-23-2012, 02:48 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Ok totally off topic but I feed my little 12 lb dog Orijin. Too much protein?? My little fatty used to be 10lbs :( She gets 2oz a day and gained weight :( she get's the fish stuff though because she's allergic to everything else(yay). So please enlighten me on this topic?

With the ration balancer the reason I would choose not to, is horses can only handle digesting so much at once. If you are adding rice bran and then alfalfa (I would go with pellets not cubes, cubes are a pain and icky according to my mare) you are starting to possibly max out the amount of feed that should be fed at one time. If you just get a vitamin/mineral supplement, it is typically a very small amount of either powder or pellet or possibly liquid. Therefore cutting the amount of actual feed down to help aid in it being digested completely.
     
    08-23-2012, 03:02 PM
  #19
Yearling
I'm not an "expert" by all means, but I'm a member on a few dog forums.. which is where I've learned most of it. I've read quite a few times that smaller dogs do much better on Acana because of the lower protein. It's still a high quality kibble, as I believe they're both made by Champion Pet Foods.. but the lower protein is better for smaller dogs. I have no clue about the science behind it, but everywhere I've read said that their small dogs do much better on it. So far, I have absolutely no complaints. :) Cali loves it plus she's perfectly healthy and energetic on it.. they have quite a few different formulas but Cali is on the Ranchlands which is part of their Regionals collection. (40% meat, 60% fruits and vegetables.. if I recall correctly)

On the subject of horse diet, I was thinking of spreading it out to two meals.. as horses are brought in for both breakfast and supper (if needed). So maybe the rice bran + supplements in the morning and then some alfalfa pellets with ration balancer for supper?
     
    08-23-2012, 03:11 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I suppose it would depend how much per feeding. My mare gets everything in two feedings. If say 1/2lb of each per feeding that would be good.

Okey I am looking up the dog food and I may have to research this a bit more. Do you have any good places I can find more info on this?
     

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