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    06-12-2012, 07:40 PM
Is this enough supplements......

He's a 5 yr TB/Belgian cross, taped at 16.1 hh and 1100lbs. Liiiiight work (few hours a week at most)

He just moved him onto all grass pasture Saturday June 9/12 and he's doing good. He has alphalfa/timothy hay to eat, but hasn't ate very much since his move (due to full access to grass)

I have him on 400grams of ProForm step 7 as per recommendation of another keeper out at the stables.

Question is, is that enough supplements?

Here he is today Please note, that is not our side of the fence that is broken, the owners on the other side have neglected their fencing and we are waiting for the executives to do something about it.

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    06-12-2012, 11:29 PM
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    06-13-2012, 04:44 PM
I think free choice pasture/hay plus a ration balancer is the way to go for most horses. I'm not familiar with the Step 7 you linked to, and I'm not great at looking at a list of guaranteed analysis and determining whether or not it's providing the right amount and balance of nutrients. What would concern me most is there's no minimum feeding recommendation- just "up to 1kg" for a 450kg horse.

To really find out if 400g is enough, I would check out (which is a paid service I recently started using for my horse). I noticed they don't have this product already in their database, but they will add on request.
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    06-13-2012, 06:49 PM
Thank you for everything, I will have to keep the site in mind..... Things are a little tight this month, with horse expesnes being waaaaaaay over spent lol.

The feed, I believe, is a Canadian one. But i'm not sure on that.
    06-15-2012, 05:11 AM
Agree with Verona. It depends on your horse's specifics and what he's getting in the pasture/hay as to what else he may need, so we can't tell you that. A pasture/hay analysis is the most accurate way to work it out, but I second the suggestion, as a fantastic & cheap(well, it's actually saved me money on supps) service. If they don't have that feed they'll add it, tho Verona, if it's from a different country, it may just not be showing up on yours because not available there. They'll also add your pasture analysis if you ask, so you can work it all out to a 'T', or else they have a reasonably thorough pasture selector which will give you a good idea.
    06-15-2012, 05:21 AM
I highly recommend FeedXL. I paid for a year subscription (or 9 months or something) and it's amazing.
    06-15-2012, 08:52 AM
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What you linked to is a vitamin/mineral supplement which is a good thing for a horse on hay and pasture.

I've never heard of them so I did some Googling. They announced in February this year that they are selling this portion of the company to Hi-pro for "economic reasons".

Viterra to sell North American feed assets | Business | Reuters

I'm not familiar with Hi-Pro or their quality control but QC could be an issue at some point.

If you're paying a lot of money for this product, you might be better off looking at a brand name U.S. Produced ration balancer or vitamin/mineral supplement (assuming you live in the U.S. :) that might possibly cost less but you'd still get "value received".

Hope this helps:)
    06-15-2012, 05:34 PM
The problem with here, I am in the middle of nowhere, Northern Canada.... We only recently got a feed dealer in the area, so this is what I have to use up before switching to another company,( will be starting the switch to a product from here, as this is wha the feed dealer deals with, Home ).

I will get a subscription to feedxl. But right now is not a good time,had to put $1000.00 into a corral that we werent planning on spending.

Thank you for your time :) and recommendation of the site.

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