The facility I board with is making changes in its prices and what it is providing. He is kept outdoors 24/7 with free-choice grass hay. He has been doing very well with this since he's a very easy keeper. See below for his additional feeding info.
I am working to get his weight down since he's a very easy keeper. Bloodwork has been done to rule out underlying medical reasons. He does not currently wear a grazing muzzle (there is just not enouch cooperation to have it put on/removed at specific times).
The situation now is I am responsible for grain. I can choose my own product to be fed or can continue with what he is on and be billed at the end of each month.
He is currently being fed Kentucky Research's KER All Phase (feed balancer). I don't recall the weight per day because I was not present for his nutrition consult when they switched to this product. He should only be getting approx 1-1.5lbs but ... when its someone else doing the feeding you can never be 100% sure. He gets supplements added into this (1 scoop glucosamine, 1tbsp yucca, 1tbsp white willow bark and 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar). When he was switched to outdoor board they began feeding the ration balancer and supplements ONCE daily (when he was stalled overnight it was twice daily feeding).
Before switching to the KER All Phase he was on Gro n' Win and I think I prefer that product better. It was a forced switch because Gro n' Win is no longer available locally - if I choose to switch back to it I have to drive an hour each way to get the product. This is not a problem for me, I do not mind going the distance or spending the money if its going to be a better product to use in the long run.
Here are my questions: Has anyone used the KER All Phase by this company? What are your opinions on it? Has anyone used with with a horse with IR or other metabolic problems? I have concerns that ingredients are not listed on their website or feed bags. I want to avoid a balancer that contains molasses. I contacted the company and they say it doesn't but without knowing for sure.... All Phase: Kentucky Equine Research
What do individuals here think about the Gro n' Win product by Buckeye? What are your opinions on it? I am more familiar with the product and I was happy with the results when it was being fed. I do know that it does not contain molasses and is low-statch. I don't have metabolic issues with this horse but it lingers in the back of my mind because he is too easy of a keeper. Gro 'n Win
It's difficult to find a balancer pellet that does NOT contain molasses and that is either local or within an hour of my location. Other brands available here do contain the molasses so I will not consider them.
The once a day feeding also concerns me. I prefer to split between two feedings but he doesn't get much in terms of "grain" compared to others ... it ends up being more supplements then anything. It's working for him but its certainly not my preference. He still has free choice hay available in the pasture and constant access to fresh water.
I have been looking for a back-up facility but I cannot get a facility with free-choice hay, twice a day feeding for his pellet and supplements and auto-wateres that is within a reasonable distance and price range. Everyone just tosses the outdoor boarders out on grass pastures. It's a challenge but we're looking.
Any and all opinions are much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Brands available locally: Master Feeds, KER, Purina and Buckeye is semi-local.