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post #1 of 24 Old 12-10-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have experience with Purina Horse Chow?

With an eminent hay shortage looming before me in my area, I am seeking other ways to feed in case there is absolutely no hay. On the Purina Website I found "purina Horse Chow" and they state that it can be fed instead of hay. It's a pelleted form. I called the Farmers Coop and they can order it for me if I want it, and the price is decent.

Does anybody have experience feeding this? I currently feed Purina Strategy Healthy Edge, would I be able to use both? (Healthy edge says that a hay feed must be fed with it).

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 24 Old 12-10-2011, 07:25 PM
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I haven't used horse chow before, but I do use Purina feed, and they never cease to amaze. If you have a hay shortage, I'd say go for it, it never hurts to have something just in case.

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As with any grain, you need to supplement it with great pasture and/or quality hay. I've never tried Purina myself, but I've heard many people say they don't like it because of its inconsistency. Personally, I'm a Nutrena fan. I've always been happy with their feeds.
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As with any grain, you need to supplement it with great pasture and/or quality hay. I've never tried Purina myself, but I've heard many people say they don't like it because of its inconsistency. Personally, I'm a Nutrena fan. I've always been happy with their feeds.
Horse chow isn't a grain or supplement like Strategy or Omolene, it's a full ration feed which contains forage much like alfalfa pellets or alfalfa cubes. I just can't go straight alfalfa pellet or cube because Cinny is sensitive with too much alfalfa in his rations.
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Interesting, I've never heard of it before. Learn something new every day . How does it keep the metabolism moving if it's only fed a few times a day?
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A lot of horses who eat cubes, pellets only eat a few times a day and have no problems. In CA my stable fed alfalfa cubes and most of the horses at them in about an hour. They got them in the morning and then in the evening, never saw any metabolism problems.
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post #7 of 24 Old 12-10-2011, 08:40 PM
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At one point in time, I believe in the 1970's, Purina made monkey chow.
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post #8 of 24 Old 12-10-2011, 08:59 PM
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I dislike purina feeds, most of lots of starch and sugar. I used to use their senior on my vets suggestion but my old gelding just kept loosing weight on it. I finally switch to triple crown senior and have seen much better results, it has much higher quality ingredients. I've never used horse chow but I've heard people say it's as close as you can get to sweet feed with out it being sweet feed.
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I've never used horse chow but I've heard people say it's as close as you can get to sweet feed with out it being sweet feed.
That sounds like the Horse Chow 200. I was thinking of going with the 100 as my horse doesn't need all that energy as he isn't a performance horse.
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I'm currently feeding soaked alfalfa cubes twice a day to help with the hay shortage. My horses love it, especially when its still hot and its cold outside.
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