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        09-21-2013, 04:33 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    My daughter is now working with a Nutrena representative who is looking into the problem, will keep you posted. What does everyone think of Strategy?
         
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        09-21-2013, 04:41 PM
      #32
    Trained
    Oh, keep us updated on that, please. It seems to be a TSC problem, I have another Nutrena dealer here and never had problems.
    Strategy: I fed the " normal" and the low protein/calcium- alfalfa hay- version, horses did well on it, and I particularly liked the Strategy Healthy Edge, due to the lower NSC.
         
        09-21-2013, 05:07 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    I'm a big fan of strategy. My horses are both picky eaters and do well on it, it helps with energy without making them hot, and it puts a really nice shine on them.
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        09-22-2013, 11:08 AM
      #34
    Started
    I wish there was a Nutrena dealer in this area other than tractor supply. The area rep told me they were working on it but twice the deal has fallen through.

    Tractor Supply has blown it for the last time. They have stopped carrying the Empower Balance saying they didn't sell enough of it. They have a new store manager who is unfriendly and always tense. You can feel the nervousness in the store when you walk in. The shelves and aisles are always chaos. Formerly happy, laughing help are now looking like deer caught in the headlights. Gave it more than a month for them to settle into the new manager. It's getting worse not better. I spend $100 a week in there most times. I've yet for the manager to say Hi or even look me in the eye.

    My local Agway on the other hand is willing to order me Triple Crown 30 one bag at a time. I explained that I won't use bunches of it because of the feed rates and he's fine with that. I did have to explain the whole ration balancer thing to him. He looked at me when I said 30% protein like I was nuts but he found it easily enough in his order stuff and did seem to understand that it's just feed that is super concentrated. I don't usually buy much feed from this store because it's a little expensive compared to the other feed stores but some things are worth it and keeping my old pony healthy is worth it.
         
        09-22-2013, 11:15 AM
      #35
    Trained
    Yeah, same here with the TSC manager. Don't know if it would make sense complaining at Corporate. They do have yearly surveys for the stores. There's our chance. And talking to Nutrena directly about the problems with their products at TSC
         
        09-22-2013, 11:52 AM
      #36
    Showing
    30% protein is pretty high unless the horse is in hard work. We need to feed what the horse actually needs, not what the feed companies promote or the horse is generating expensive manure.
         
        09-22-2013, 01:21 PM
      #37
    Started
    1/3 of a measured cup, 2x a day. The proof is in the pony looking 15+ yrs younger and still galloping around the field at 38 yrs old. The feed companies while I'm sure are making money on it or they wouldn't sell it aren't making a bundle on me and a bag lasts 6x as long as a regular complete feed. I couldn't feed this pony little enough and get all the nutrition she was needing in a regular concentrated feed.

    There is a very big difference in her looks from when I made the switch.
         
        09-22-2013, 01:46 PM
      #38
    Started
    If you feed a 10% protein feed by the bag, say 8lbs a day, you're feeding 0.8lbs of protein per day. If you feed a 30% protein ration balancer per the bag, say 1lb per day, you're feeding 0.3lbs protein per day, which is a smaller amount.

    Even though many ration balancers have a higher percentage of protein compared to complete feeds, the much reduced feeding amount completely cancels that out when it comes to how much protein the horse is getting from that feed daily.
         
        09-22-2013, 01:53 PM
      #39
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sharpie    
    If you feed a 10% protein feed by the bag, say 8lbs a day, you're feeding 0.8lbs of protein per day. If you feed a 30% protein ration balancer per the bag, say 1lb per day, you're feeding 0.3lbs protein per day, which is a smaller amount.

    Even though many ration balancers have a higher percentage of protein compared to complete feeds, the much reduced feeding amount completely cancels that out when it comes to how much protein the horse is getting from that feed daily.
    ^^^that!
         
        09-23-2013, 07:33 PM
      #40
    Foal
    I agree- if you are feeding hay or alfalfa, go with Standlee. They are the best by far for that kind of thing. I am feeding my horses that I ride consistently Strategy and Omolene 200. Not mixed, just different feed for two different horses. My yearling is just getting their Producer's Price sweet feed, mainly as a treat. I am a huge fan of Strategy, and I am really liking the Omolene as well. I'm not sure if all TSCs have them, but mine does. They also have a VitaPlus supplement that I have had really good luck with as well. My horses are good on minerals via a free-choice mineral block and good pasture, but the VitaPlus takes care of the rest.
         

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