Originally Posted by verona1016
Isn't high fat ration balancer a bit of an oxymoron?
Not if the horse ends up being a hard keeper
My horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome went from an air fern to not being able to hold weight. He also has hind gut ulcers so I have to feed him 4 times a day
Part of his supplementing includes rice bran.
My horse with true insulin resistance is tough to get the weight off; he isn't even allowed to smell the rice bran
While I love Triple Crown, none of their products work for my metabolic horses thanks to the soy. Triple Crown would be my pick of something to feed except, I have called the makers of Triple Crown more than once to ask why on earth they won't make a soy-free product for horses with soy-intolerance and metabolic horses that also shouldn't have soy. They refuse to talk and can't wait for the conversation to end. I hope they're reading this.
When one looks at the protein percentage on any bag of feed or a ration balancer, SOY is the source of that protein, 99 times out of a 100.
That means the higher the per cent of protein, the more soy it took to get that high per cent.
I had forgotten just how soy intolerant yet another of my horse's is; until I bought a bag of the TC 30% and fed it to him. It didn't take five days until his outlook on life was so far removed from being mannerly that I had to get the buggy whip out. Soon as I took him off the 30% and his system had a few days to expel all of it, he was good again.
There are soy-free vit/min products available that can be top-dressed (a few ounces is all that's required) over things like timothy pellets.
To my knowlege, there is only one soy-free ration balancer on the market and that is McCauley's M-10 Balancer. It is also oat/corn-free. I have been feeding it to my IR horse and my food intolerant horse since December.
They are doing well, so far, but I am also watching hoof quality; if their hoof qualities start to go downhill, I will have to order one of those soy-free vit/min supplements and start top-dressing timothy pellets