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    07-18-2013, 10:47 AM
Green Broke
Protein is MADE from amino acids, and soybean meal is used because it contains lysine, which is the limiting factor in equine diets. All of the amino acids must be present for the protein to be "complete", like you cannot bake a cake with just the sugar, eggs, etc., you have to have the flour to make it complete.

I would use the feed, if it says it supplies all of the nutrients for the horse, and not worry about whether it is sweet or not, unless the horse shows signs of reacting negatively to it.

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    07-18-2013, 11:27 AM
Green Broke
Sorry but sweet feed should never be fed. Even if it supposedly supplies nutrients. Your horse might not "react" to it like some kids don't get overly hyper with sugar but it's the long term effects that are dangerous. IR is one of the biggest reasons to stay away from sweet feed. Along with founder and laminitis being a concern.

Again it isn't the immediate response but the prolonged ingestion of the stuff that builds up until it finally triggers something in the horse.
    07-19-2013, 06:36 PM
Green Broke
There are lots of feeds that claim to be "balanced" or "complete" that simply aren't. If a feed doesn't list lysine separately from protein, I steer clear of it.
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    07-22-2013, 01:34 PM
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    07-29-2013, 08:29 PM
Do you think it would be good to give her the purina equalizer pellets feed with the equine super diet s.b (vitamins bought from the vet) + adding flax in it? Or wold it be too much vitamins, and what would happen if their were too much vitamins?
    09-05-2013, 12:02 PM
Turns out I didn't buy the sweet feed patriot 12% after all. I am feeding equalizer purina for now but am looking for a good ration balancer feed for my easy keeper mare. Any suggestions? I live in Canada and I can pretty much only get purina, masterfeeds or martins brands

She has been moved to a new place due to having been diagnosed with heaves and she's in a huge pasture full of grass 24/7
She also kinda has a dull coat which is what indicated me she needs a ration balancer (has had bloodwork done and everything was normal)
    09-09-2013, 03:09 AM
If her coat quality is poor, you really should try a 1/2 cup of whole flax seed.

My friend works at a breeders ranch where each horse gets a personalized mixture of supplements. My horses look better than theirs, getting me compliments all the time with their glossy coat.

I also use a local (Oregon)pellet supplement that is made to work with the kinds of grass we have in our state. It only takes one cup per horse per day. I mix 1 cup of the pellet supplement, 1/2 cup of whole flax, and 3 cups of whole oats daily.
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    09-09-2013, 01:48 PM
Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell    
If her coat quality is poor, you really should try a 1/2 cup of whole flax seed
Is the whole flax seed you are using in oil form or pellets?

I've started to give about 1/4 of canola oil with the purina equalizer and she's shedding like crazy right now, don't know if it's the temperature she's losing her summer coat to built her winter coat or if it is the oil making a difference
    09-09-2013, 05:49 PM
My horses are shedding like crazy also and their starting to get their winter coats already. All mine are on Flax seed twice a day so super shiny soft coats.
    09-09-2013, 06:15 PM
Also a huge note on sweet feed - besides making many horses "hot," and being the junk food of the horse nutrition world, any and all extra sugar goes straight to the horse's feet and makes them cracked and unbalanced. I will never feed a sweet feed to any of the horse's in my care. And as verona mentioned, they all say that they are balanced and complete and that is a load of bologna. There is no substitute for good quality hay/pasture and the carefully added ration balancer. A good tool to check out would be to see if any local feed stores/companies offer free hay quality testing - this is a wonderful resource to find out what your horse is getting as well as a great jumping off point for finding out what else should be added to the diet.

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