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        12-16-2012, 12:54 PM
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    Isn't that something.....lots of thin or high performance horses here, one could think
    I asked my TSC about the Balance...nope, won't carry it, they would order me a pallet....a years worth....ridiculous, really.
    After all the hassle I'll go back to my home-made ration.......IF I can find all raw ingredients, that is
    It's a wierd arguement between store and rep. In Lemoore, one feed store made it impossible for me to get, and another ordered it for me with their other Nutrena shipments. I toted 10 bags down here with me. I have called the stores around here and they carry Nutrena, but not the Balance. I've contacted Nutrena twice now, both times the reps said that the stores DO NOT have to order a huge order, just what is needed. When we heard that the first time in Lemoore, my pasturemate took the actual email from the rep to the store that ended up ordering it for us.

    I am going to change over to the Purina Enrich 32 once I go through my supply of Balance. According to the FeedXL, Belle is still lacking in stuff that the Purina would make up for. So, that is the direction, for now.:)
         
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        12-16-2012, 02:03 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I see. I'm kinda turned off if Nutrena because if that. I'll check my local California Dairy store for my raw ingredients and that's it. Forgot, I'm done with TSC too.
         
        12-18-2012, 01:47 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I stick with brands that have fixed formula feeds. I stay away from the low cost brands such as Purina and Nutrena. Fixed formula feeds will be the exact same ... every bag is the same, contains the same. Low cost feeds will substitute items for lower cost items, therefore every bag can differ.

    I also stay away from any feed with an NSC higher than 10-11%. High NSC diets cause ulsers, founder, laminitis, hindgut acidosis, IR, weight loss, excess energy (that causes training issues), etc. I want my horses as healthy as possible. I don't feed them junk. Currently my two are on 1lb each per day of a ration balancer called Buckeye Gro N Win and free choice hay. They are sassy, good weight and happy.

    Brands that I have and or would feed are:
    Triple Crown
    Buckeye
    ADM
         
        12-18-2012, 02:01 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Sometimes you're forced to go with what you get. Buckeye and ADM I've never seen here, TC has to be special ordered. So not as easy.
         
        12-18-2012, 02:04 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Where theres a will, theres a way. If I had to special order it a pallet at a time and drive 2 hrs to get it, I would. It's worth it. :)
         
        12-18-2012, 02:29 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Well, I did what I mentioned above, mix my own. Which suits me just fine, I'm not a big friend of pelleted feeds anyway.
         

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