Multivitamin vs Ration Balancer?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Multivitamin vs Ration Balancer??

Hello all,
I'm looking for a good supplement for my 12 year old gelding in moderate work (mostly flat work, very little jumping, and lots of trail riding). I called the people at SmartPak who recommended that I put him on a joint support (which I was planning on doing anyways), and they also recommended that I either give him a multivitamin or some sort of ration balancer to make sure he's getting everything he needs. Right now he's on good quality hay and is an easy keeper.
After doing some research, I came up with Nutrena's Empower Balance Grass Ration for a ration balancer, or the choice of two multivitamins: SmartVite EZ Keeper Grass Pellets or MegaCell. Obviously if I get the ration balancer, I won't need the multivitamin, and I'm trying not to break the bank here (I'm a college student), so what would you recommend?
Skyy and I thank you in advance!!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 10:30 PM
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I use a ration balancer with my mare and I really really like it.
She's a super easy keeper so the fact that I can get her multivitamins in her, as well as all her supplements, without adding extra calories (via grain) is a lifesaver.
I also get to feel like I'm feeding her something really yummy everyday (you know, that female urge to feed things and all, hahaha) but that "yummy stuff" is actually good for her. It's a great trade off.

Personally, I'd go with the ration balancer. :)

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I would think a ration balancer would be better since he's not getting any other hard feed. I have a hard time believing that multivitamins can pack in everything a horse is missing from grass/hay alone in a tiny little 2 oz. scoop, yet they typically cost more to feed per day than a ration balancer.

Here's the guaranteed analysis for Dynamite, a super expensive multivitamin that I foolishly bought for a horse I brought home on trial in December (and promptly sent back)

And here's the guaranteed analysis for Triple Crown 30% Supplement (a RB meant to be fed with grass hay): Equine Supplement-Triple Crown Pelleted 30% Equine Supplement

Percentages can be a little tricky, as you have to remember that the Dynamite is fed only 1 oz per day, while the TC30 is fed 16 oz per day for the same horse. So for example, Dynamite has min 3.5% calcium, which means in a 1 oz serving, the horse is getting .035 oz of calcium. TC30 is min 4% calcium, so the horse gets 0.64 oz of calcium in his daily ration, 18 times as much! Either TC30 is WAY overdoing it, or the multivitamin simply can't provide enough in so small a package. I think it's the latter.

Then there's the Biotin in Dynamite which is measured in MICROgrams per pound. At such a small concentration, it seems like it's there more to fill out a checkbox than to actually be useful.

My 2 cents
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Thanks for the input!! Much appreciated! :)
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