Just thought people might like to know about the new Hoffman's Ration feed product. It is NOT a mineral/supplement, but a feed. My friend has a horse that she has had much difficulty with keeping weight on. She started him on the Hoffman's Ration and he gained weight! :)
I feed Hoffman's ration, they don't sell it in my town, only the mineral so when I am in the Vancouver area, I buy several sacks of it. Seems to be good stuff, high fiber, low carb, good sodium content. I actually started buying on the recommendation of Anabel, a member on here. It is just basically the same stuff I was feeding with Otter line, ingredients are the same, fiber percentage the same, protein as well, but the vitamin & sodium are higher. It's not a cheap date, but quality products usually aren't.
I haven't been able to find an ingredient list yet. I have emailed Hoffman's -- hopefully they will reply on Monday.
Around here, they can't keep it in stock either. If you want it, you have to buy several bags and then keep checking every time you are near the feed store. If there are more bags, buy what you've used already. It's crazy.
Most of the horse we see that are hard keepers have led stressful lives as race horses, show horses, etc. and have undiagnosed ulcers. It might be best to have bloodwork done to see if there are any deficiencies and treat those, not across the board minerals.
My guys switched to Podium as they are both easy keepers. My big guy was a hard keeper as a baby, but now needs much less food to stay fit and trim. I really like the Hoffman's products and I board at a breeding farm that uses the mineral for all their broodmares and babies and they have always had wonderfully healthy babies and mamas in very good weight.
While the fat content and high calorie count in the ration is good for weight, IMO it is the completeness of the mineral supplementation that allows the horses to digest their food as much as possible, and thus remain at a healthy weight.
Plus Marion Hoffman is a super nice lady and I like supporting local, nice people. My horses are still on the mineral.