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Does anyone have experience with Purina Horse Chow?

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    12-10-2011, 10:21 PM
I have a senior horse who has no chewing teeth, and we feed him a complete ration twice a day. It takes about 15# per day, more in winter, to be a full ration. He is 32 years old, not an easy keeper any more since he lost his teeth, and weighs about 900 pounds, if that helps you estimate how much feed you will need. In other words, maybe a 50# bag will last you about 3 days.

We still leave him on pasture or keep hay in front of him. He grazes all day long and chews on these rolls of grass/hay, and then spits them out and starts that all over. I think it's a mental thing for horses that they need to graze and be chewing on something. That's the thing I would worry about with a horse on full ration pelleted feed. I think if they didn't get their 'chewing time' in, they'd probably chew on anything handy.
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    12-10-2011, 10:22 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Duren    
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.
I envy you, I WISH it were that simple for me. Alfalfa and Cinny are not the greatest of friends and when mixed together they usually equal a vet call :(
    12-11-2011, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
What about Timothy pellets?
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    12-11-2011, 09:50 AM
Green Broke
In my area Tractor Supply carries timothy cubes, I'd worry about getting a bit of fiber during the day. I'd lay in some bags of beet pulp (without molassis,) and timothy cubes. And then look for a low starch complete feed. We have 2 feed stores local a southern states whic carries triple crown and southern states store brand which I suspect is triple crown, and the other place carries Purina. I had lcal issues with bad bags of purina and the feed was about $7 a 50lb bag higher than the Southern States store brand.
    12-11-2011, 11:13 PM
I was an equine specialist in the field for Purina for 12 years so here is my experience with the product: I live in Ohio and we had hay issues a few years back. A lot of folks used Horse Chow to extend their hay. You can feed it as a complete feed solely without hay OR I did have people use it as a hay was something like for every 3 lbs of hay that you cut back feed 2 lbs of Horse Chow....something along those lines, anyway some of the people that did that also continued to feed some of their grain too.

Also whoever made the comment about Horse Chow being the closest thing to a sweet feed is mistaken. Horse Chow is a pelleted product with very low starch in fact Horse Chow 200 is slightly lower in starch then Strategy Healthy Edge and Horse Chow 100 is even lower then that.
    12-11-2011, 11:16 PM
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.[/QUOTE]

Not really sure where this information came from, but this is an extremely fibrous, low starch product. Nothing like a sweet feed. Avg NSC is in the mid teens.
    12-12-2011, 11:36 AM
Green Broke
So it sounds like I should probably use it as a hay extended and then still add in my strategy healthy edge (which DOES contain beet pulp).if things get really bad I can feed Horse chow instead of hay and also still add the Healthy Edge.
    12-15-2011, 09:32 PM
Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
So it sounds like I should probably use it as a hay extended and then still add in my strategy healthy edge (which DOES contain beet pulp).if things get really bad I can feed Horse chow instead of hay and also still add the Healthy Edge.

As long as you have hay, then I would use it as a hay's up to you with the Strategy Healthy Edge. Technically Horse Chow can take the place of grain and hay, but I could see added benefits of feeding the Healthy Edge, especially if you just use Horse Chow as an extender. Healthy Edge will give you more added fat in the diet which is great especially for the skin and coat.
    12-15-2011, 10:37 PM
Green Broke
Looks like Cin is eating the next batch. My BO took the batch he wouldn't eat and took it off my board, yay. Tomorrow I should have 50 bales of the stuff he WILL eat delivered so that SHOULD last us until the spring cutting is in a cured. But I have been warned that if it's another dry winter (little snow) again, this year there will be even less hay and most of the growers in the area will be most likely shipping to TX not us...sigh. I think I am going to start looking for pasture board just in case that happens. I know of a few around here and worse case scenario I guess I'll let him spend a year at my friends pasture in MO, though I'll miss the bugger.
    12-16-2011, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
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.
It's not just metabolic issues - I think that would probably take a while to surface from that sort of feeding. Horses are 'trickle feeders' and their GI tract is designed to have small amounts going through it near constantly. Unlike our stomach, for eg, which is built more for infrequent meals and releases stomach acids when we eat, gastric juices are flowing through the horse's stomach constantly. Without constant food to digest and without the 'buffer' of saliva from long fibrous feed that requires a fair bit of chewing, stomach acid is free to cause damage to gut lining, ulcers and colic. That is one reason racehorses and other intensively kept and fed horses so commonly suffer these problems... & windsucking that goes with them. Laminitis is another potential which can come from toxins in the blood that leak from the damaged GI tract.

Alfalfa is generally a pretty good feed for horses *as part of a balanced diet*. It is very high in calcium, protein & a range of other nutrients, which can lead to problems when fed too much. Upon nutritionists advice I wouldn't feed more than about 1/3 of a horse's ration in alfalfa/lucerne, to 2/3 hay.

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