here's the link to the analysis on MaxiGlo. Nutritional Information | Manna Pro
One of my metabolic horses now has trouble holding weight; I couldn't feed this to him if it had molasses, etc in it. Jore
, horses should get fed twice daily, if that's possible. Sometimes three, in the case of a hard keeper and/or there's serious ulcer issues. Eating smaller portions is better for them, yet they still get their nutritional requirements.
Pellets won't need to be soaked ahead but I do add a bit of water to everything so the powered or meal stuff all stick together. Sometimes where meds are involved, the horse's blowing while eating can send some of the stuff flying.
Definitely soak the cubes - you don't want to get into choke issues. My Arab has four molars missing and the 25 yo TWH has hooks on his back molars the vet does not want to file clear away, elst he's got nothing back there.
I soak the cubes until they look like mushy grass and crush everything up by hand to be sure I didn't miss a cube.
Most horses love the taste of rice bran (Maxi-Glo makes a meal form and a pellet form). It's a good "carrier" to get meds down them or other not-so-tasty supplements. I feed twice daily and will divide their daily portion of rice bran in half if I have to give someone something they may not readily eat.
Most of the ration balancers are tasty, as well. I feed Triple Crown 30% to my 26 yr old Arab and the fussy little Curmudgeon loves it.
My 25 yo TWH with metabolic & hind gut/lipoma issues is successfully eating Triple Crown's Senior --- for the most part. I gave him one pound this AM but it's going to be over 90 today and I know he's going to be "not well" when he comes in tonight. Heat/humidity have been horrible on him this year and that's a first
So to get his needed arthritis and metabolic supplements in him tonight, I will feed him 3/4ths measuring cup of rice bran, with a handful of crushed carrots and apples.
He shouldn't have carrots and apples but we crush them in the blender and that little bit actually seems to be doing him more good than harm at night. It's become a huge sigh of relief when he goes right from his feed pan to his hay.
Regarding flax -- one can rarely go wrong feeding flax. Every once in awhile there are rare horses with a flax intolerance. I think I have one but since I have heard the intolarance can take the form of laminitis, I am afraid to re-test that theory on my other horse with true insulin resistance
I feed my other three Omega-3 Horseshine. Tractor Supply also carries that. They all had healthy hooves before but, after I started feeding this product, their coats really slicked out, got a lot "tighter", and their hooves very healthy with an unbelievable natural shine to them.
With the exception of my horse with a minor club hoof or, unless I've trimmed someone wrong, even in the severe drought we just came out of, nobody had chipped or cracked hooves
A vit/min balanced diet, some flax and some cool energy rice bran for the hard keepers seems to be the simplest way to go. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.
It's like feeding humans - what's cheapest to eat sadly isn't the healthiest.