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post #11 of 14 Old 03-04-2013, 09:32 AM
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That is YOUR choice. Round bales can be in front of a horse 24/7.
my horse lives at a boarding facility where there are often more than 30 horses in her pasture [the pasture can sustain them all summer, but its wisconsin]. They get hay spread around once per day. They eat what they eat until its gone. Some horses get fat and some lose weight. That is how life works. In an ideal world I would spend 4 more hours feeding her hay, I work and go to school, I don't have that sort of time. Beet pulp is a great way to keep weight on her.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-04-2013, 01:27 PM
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most "need weight, hard keepers, yadda yadda, either don't have grass , have worms, or bad teeth.
People swear they have wormed them but all they do is give them ivermectin over and over, which doesnt kill tapeworms.
Before I played the add this that and the other game, Id make dang sure to use the right full wormewr rotation, got his teeth checked and made sure he had 24/7 access to decent grass and hay.
Yep... or ulcers/hind gut issues.

I like free choice hay as long as it's in a slow feed net. You can get the nets in any size from hay bag size clear up to 6' roundbale size. I order mine off Cinch Chix.

IMO, there are much better alternatives as far as Safe Choice goes. I'd look into a lower NSC, fixed forumula feed such as Triple Crown Sr. It is high fiber, high calories and low NSC (11.7%).
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-04-2013, 01:43 PM
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I soak the beet pulp separately and put it on top of their Safe Choice when I give it to them.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-04-2013, 02:10 PM
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Thanks for the responses guys.

I do understand the nutritional difference, and I think that my question was somewhat poorly stated. The hay at the place I board is really great quality and he has access to salt and minerals 24/7, so as far as nutritional value is concerned, I think that I have covered my bases. My question is more is it worth feeding SafeChoice as a means of keeping weight, or is that a waste of money, and BP will be sufficient?
Unless he has access to fresh grass, he will still need additional nutritional support (and even with fresh grass there are often still holes there due to regional or local deficiencies; selenium is a big one in a lot of areas). I have yet to see any scientific evidence that horses will self-regulate any minerals other than salt, so while it's nice that he has access to a mineral block, I wouldn't count on that to cover his mineral needs. On top of that, vitamins are missing from this picture. Fresh grass has plenty of vitamins A & E, but these break down very quickly when it's processed into hay. Horses that are fed on hay (particularly year round) really need to have these vitamins supplemented, and I'm a big fan of supplementing omega-3's when fresh grass isn't available as well.

Back to your original question, with Safe Choice you would likely be filling those nutritional holes as well as helping keep weight on. I like to avoid sugary/starchy feeds, though, so it wouldn't be my first choice (Safe Choice Special Care is a lower NSC option if you decide to go that route, though). Unmolassed beet pulp combined with a ration balancer or multi-vitamin would be a healthier choice, IMO.
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