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    11-20-2010, 11:10 AM
  #21
Foal
I'm glad you are having good luck with Purina. I tried three of their products and was very diappointed, but that was just me.
     
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    11-20-2010, 11:39 AM
  #22
Green Broke
I don't like Purina, either. The three horses at the barn get Purina, one Senior and one type of sweet feed. Every bag looks, feels, and smells different.
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    11-20-2010, 02:16 PM
  #23
Foal
Even their most gentle feed fed properly gave my horse the runs and made her drop weight fast.

I even found it to be way more expensive than Nutrena.
     
    11-20-2010, 02:40 PM
  #24
Started
Nutrena is actually a step above purina nutritients are more avaliable form but still not a fixed formula

Now they do have a Balancer now in the Empower line ... I am hunting for a tag off of it to see how good it actually "sounds"
     
    11-24-2010, 11:47 AM
  #25
Green Broke
Those of you that switched to it and with good results, how quickly did you notice a difference? I have a 29 yr old that has always been as easy keeper but lately has begun losing weight. He's always been on sweet feed, but we switched to Safe Choice about a week ago, because I couldn't afford senior feed. Safe Choice is already twice what my other feed costs and the senior was several dollars more than that.
     
    11-24-2010, 01:12 PM
  #26
Banned
Apachie, for a hard keeper you might want to just add something like beet pulp.

I like safechoice but I am not sure it is the best for adding weight to hard keepers.
     
    11-24-2010, 01:44 PM
  #27
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by dee    
I can't feed SafeChoice to our "poorly" one. It has alfalfa in it. Not much, but enough to make me shy away from it. I'd feed it to our other horses if what we're already feeding wasn't cheaper...
Have you discussed it with your rep? We had a very long discussion with ours last Saturday. Lots of interesting facts. And yes we do feed it to a mare with alfalfa sensitivites. She does just fine on it.
     
    11-24-2010, 01:44 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Well, until this year he was always easy to keep fat on mostly pasture and good hay, but it doesn't seem to be cutting it this time. I'm sure some of it is his age creeping up, I just figured Safe Choice would be a bit easier to digest than his normal sweet and also since it's 14% instead of 12%. I do have some beet pulp that I can give a try as well. I'm just not sure how long to try it before I either add, change, or bring a vet in. It's not a dramatic loss, but enough that I'm noticing. Hoping a feed adjust will do it. But I don't want to let it get any worse either. It's hard to put weight back on an older horse especially in winter.
     
    11-24-2010, 01:46 PM
  #29
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Apachie, for a hard keeper you might want to just add something like beet pulp.

I like safechoice but I am not sure it is the best for adding weight to hard keepers.

Empower.

Empower + SafeChoice is a good way to put on weight and keep the horse even keeled.
     
    11-24-2010, 02:33 PM
  #30
dee
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Originally Posted by mls    
Have you discussed it with your rep? We had a very long discussion with ours last Saturday. Lots of interesting facts. And yes we do feed it to a mare with alfalfa sensitivites. She does just fine on it.
The Nutrena nutritionist confirmed that it had afalfa, and the vet said it is a 100% no no - especially since Junior is still recovering from the toxicity of eating too much of it. Poor guy. The only commercial feeds we've found that don't have alfalfa in them are Purina Omolene 400 and Shawnee Mills Paddock.

Junior is doing much better and gaining weight - unfortunately he's decided that a growth spurt is the order of the day, so instead of filling out and looking nice, he's getting taller and still looks skinny - but is obviously much healthier. He still has a long way to go.

He's stuck with beet pulp, timothy pellets, Paddock and Omega Horse Shine. ETA: sorry - forgot the BOSS!

Thank heavens that Paddock is only $7/bag! Guess that's the benefits of having a local feed mill?
     

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