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post #101 of 102 Old 03-18-2013, 06:00 PM
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I think it really depends on which RB or Vitamin you use... there are so many brands and options out there that you really can't make a blanket statement about either one. I had the opposite experience going from a highly recommended, expensive vitamin/mineral supplement to a ration balancer. My horse was barely growing any hoof (which was bad because he didn't have great hooves when I got him and not growing meant the farrier had very little to work with). Within a few weeks of switching, he was growing at a normal rate. When I compared the 2 options on FeedXL it was really obvious that he was very deficient in several areas on the vitamin.
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post #102 of 102 Old 03-18-2013, 06:56 PM
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I think your best bet is to find web sites dedicated to those who's horses work for a living. Years ago the big teams in the bush here were fed timothy along with some alfalfa and oats. In the winter molasses was added. Loose salt should be available year round. These horses got a gal of oats 3 times daily as they worked an 8 hr day with an hour off for lunch of oats and hay.
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