My Grain Journey
I thought I would share my thoughts on my feeding journey through my horseís life. As he has changed grains many time. So here we go. A little background on him, he is a 14 year old Arabian gelding who is a western and driving horse. However he is mostly an all-round horse. He is around 800-900 LBS. He is at moderate work at this time due to the show season and is ridden or driven for around a hour a day with trotting and canter work, 4-5 times a week. So here is what he is been on
Off brand of Senior. It was a great buy as it had everything I wanted and the price was just right. At the time it was $18. He was on that for around 2 or 3 years. Then the price jumped to $23. So it was time to switch.
He was then moved to a new boarding area. So I switched him to Purina Senior. It was about the same price around $18 He did very well on it and I liked it a lot. However itís price jumped up as well. Back to the drawing board.
I then switched him to Purina Strategy. However he did not like it much. Never wanted it all the time. I thought maybe I got a bad batch of grain as normally he it sucks up his grain. It was $16 at the time. Time to switch
Then I tried Purina Healthy Edge. At the time it was $15. It was new at the time and I guess they wanted people to try it out as the price was so low. He loved this grain, and the price was just right. I thought I had found my grain for life. His coat looked great he was nice and lean and looked great. However the price went from $15 to $24 in less than 6 months. Time for a change
Then I started to look into Nutrena. We have a lot of feed stores that carry it, I did some looking into it and thought I would give it a try. So the first one I picked was Safe Choice Original. It was at $20 at the time and was great. This was just right, for me. I could afford it and It was easy to find. My horse liked it and he enjoyed his grain again. This was the grain I was feeding for some time till just the other day. Like all ways the price went up to $24 plus tax. I loved this one out of all the grains.
Now for my new grain, Nutrena was having a deal of buy two get 1 free bag of grain of their new triumph grain line. Not all the stores carried all the Triumph brand. So I went with the one that most of them had, the senior. At $17 it looks to be a great buy. Its for people who are on a budget and cant afford a large amount of money on grain like I am. With hay prices the way they are grain was getting harder and harder to afford, but I knew he needed it to fill in any holes that are empty. I have just started to switch him over to this new grain and yet to see what it has done. However with all the reviews I have read it sounds to be a good deal. In the future if he does well and my stores carry more selection of the Triumph line I may switch him over to the 12% protein one.
So to sum it all up here is what I liked about each grain line
Has a large selection of grain, however finding purina horse feed is a lot harder to find. Most stores do not carry it and I only know of two stores that carry it in my area and if I have to travel I cant find it any place but in my area at the two feed stores. Most of the feed he liked. Got a little picky with a few of types of grain. Most of the time the price was just right. However it jumped in price way to fast.
I have now been feeding this grain for around I would say 3 years or so. I will never switch back to purina. I like Nutrena a lot. They have a lot of grain selection out there as well and I can find the grain in just about any feed store. Never had a bad batch with them. I love that most of the grains have biotin in them. A lot of the purina does not. I have seen better coat, hooves and over all look of my horse with Nutrena.