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    09-09-2013, 08:15 PM
  #1
Green Broke
New Nutrena Senior Feed.....Has anyone tried it yet?

Hi all,

Nutrena has come out with a new senior feed and since they offered a buy one, get one free offer (can't beat that!), I decided to buy it.

Nutrena: Products - Horses - SafeChoiceŽ - SafeChoice Senior

Has anyone tried it yet?

I am sort of confused on the NSC values of the new senior feed. My feed store had two versions.....with and without molasses. I bought one bag of each and they are sitting in the garage right now so I am not looking at the labels, but when I went to Nutrena's website I see no mention of a molasses vs. "dry" version. They simply list the NSC as 20%. I am "guessing" that is for the "dry" version, but I really have no idea since I can't find mention of the two versions on their website.

I guess I am hoping the molasses version will give it some nice flavor without being too high-energy.

About my horses- I have a 3 yr old and a 19 and 20 yr old. All are fed alfalfa hay and we have no pasture. They currently get Safechoice Original as a treat in very small quantities (1/2 lb for the youngster, 3/4 lbs for my easy keeper senior and 2 lbs for my other senior). So at those quantities I don't think the NSC will make a huge difference, I guess I am just curious more than anything else. I would like to know the NSC on the molasses vs. the "dry" version.

Hmm. I will have to take a better look at the bags later.

Does anyone have any experience with either version of this feed?
     
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    09-09-2013, 08:16 PM
  #2
Trained
I havent! But...Im going to. My local tsc was out, and I have a coupon for buy one, get one free!

So ill be trying it...whenever I can get it!
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    09-10-2013, 09:29 AM
  #3
Foal
I just put both of mine on it, and so far so good. It's texture is just like Nutrenas other senior formula, and very similar to Purina Senior. Not sure about the whole "dry" or molasses thing.
     
    09-10-2013, 10:20 AM
  #4
Started
I have my horse on it and it is working very nicely for him.
We feed him alfalfa hay and grass hay - and he gets a mixture of beat pulp, cool calories, and the senior feed to all help with his weight and arthritis and such. It has been working very nicely and he is moving very freely in his legs now.
     
    09-10-2013, 10:27 AM
  #5
Showing
Unless your horses are insulin resistant then the version with the bit of molasses is fine. It is used as a binder after it's been processed. Molasses is normally a good source of iron. I feed molasses to my horses in winter. I'll let a tub of water freeze then drizzle it over the top. The horses love it.
     
    09-10-2013, 01:16 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I went and ripped the tags off the bags and this is what I found out:

NSC on the Safechoice Senior Molasses formula is 20%

NSC on the Safechoice Senior "Dry" formula is 18%

The other nutritional analysis' look the same.

That doesn't sound like a lot of difference, does it?

As a matter of fact, I had a bag from Nutrena's Triumph Senior Horse Feed and it has 22% NSC, more than the molasses formula of the Safecoice Senior and it doesn't have a molasses feel or smell at all. It must be higher in cereal grains.

So, being that my guys aren't insulin resistant and I am feeding such small quantities anyway, I think I am fine with the molasses formula and I'm sure they will like it better anyway because I can smell it through the bag.

Really, it isn't insulin resistance or laminitis or anything like that I am thinking about......it is that energetic 3 yr old! He will only get a dab (like 1/2 lb) as a treat when the other guys are getting theirs, but he doesn't need any extra sugar, lol! And it could be that when I use up my current feed and switch to the Senior I could buy something different for the 3 yr old. But it would be very convenient to serve everyone the same goodies.

I really wouldn't think much more about it except that the website doesn't list a dry vs. molasses formula. I wonder if the dry formula is special order or something??? Because the NSC on the website matches the molasses formula.

I wonder how this compares to Safechoice Original and Perform? (Off to take a gander).
     
    09-10-2013, 01:28 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Unless your horses are insulin resistant then the version with the bit of molasses is fine. It is used as a binder after it's been processed. Molasses is normally a good source of iron. I feed molasses to my horses in winter. I'll let a tub of water freeze then drizzle it over the top. The horses love it.
I bet they love it! I used to feed sweet feed and my guys LOVED it. I don't buy it now because I have a 3 yr old and he definitely doesn't need sweet feed in him if I'm going to be riding him.

But I'm normally not paranoid about NSC. This post is to explore my curiosity more than anything and see what others think because I enjoy talking about horse stuff (and my family is not into horses so you guys are my audience).

I have never kept a horse on pasture because we just don't have it BUT I always find it kind of ironic that people will get all paranoid about a bit of molasses and still keep their horses out on grass. Because the amount of molasses type feeds you can control the portions you give them. If you turn them out on good pasture, then gosh knows how much NSC they are getting, know what I mean?

I figure if my horses get a bit of exercise, are not on grass and they are fed an alfalfa or alfalfa/bermuda hay diet, then I am not worried about a bit of molasses.....generally speaking. Because most of their diet is very low in sugar. The energetic 3 yr old is an exception though!
     
    09-10-2013, 02:48 PM
  #8
Banned
Id be curious as to what the NSC is on the regular safe choice. I can't feed anything that's over 10% NSC to my IR horse so both those feeds wouldnt be a choice for my horse.
     
    09-10-2013, 03:17 PM
  #9
Trained
The 10% NSC is for the whole feed. So if you have tested low NSC hay and feed 1-2 lbs 15% NSC feed( Safe Choice Special Care being one), you're still good.
     
    09-10-2013, 04:01 PM
  #10
Banned
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
The 10% NSC is for the whole feed. So if you have tested low NSC hay and feed 1-2 lbs 15% NSC feed( Safe Choice Special Care being one), you're still good.

I need to feed more then 1 to 2lbs he needs to gain weight he's a body score of 2 to 2 1/2. He's not liking TC senior any more. He's only eating 10lbs of hay a day so need to get more calories in him. Hay is tested but it 16% NSC so kinda of high for him. Iam soaking it for 15 minutes before feeding.
     

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