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    09-22-2013, 01:45 AM
Opinions on Stable Mix and what supplements are best? :)


We switched over a little while ago from hay (grass and 50/50) to Stable Mix for our 3 horses.

The horses LOVE the stable mix, but I've heard not to feed them only stable mix. Their weight is good, and their coats are shiny with just being fed the SB.

They are 16, 17, and 21. We ride the 16 and 17 yr olds mostly on trail and do occasional arena work. Also, the 16 yr old has ran barrels in the past. We don't ride the 21 yr old very often. She has a hard time keeping on weight and has arthiritis in her front knee from running barrels in her past.

What is your opinion on feeding just SB or feed SB with hay?? (During the winter I want to keep them warm!!) I'm also looking into feeding supplements to them especially since they are getting older. I've looked into smartpack? Ideas??? Thanks!!! :)
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    09-22-2013, 10:49 AM
Green Broke
Horses need grass or hay. The long plant fibers are needed to keep the gut working. Without it you risk colic, ulcers and many behavioral problems.

What is SB?
Stable Mix? Who makes it?
    09-22-2013, 11:48 AM
That's what I was thinking. SB is stable mix. It is made by elk grove something. I've heard great things about it and they love it but had some concerns!
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    09-22-2013, 12:03 PM
I wouldn't feed a pelleted hay replacer/ complete feed only, unless there is enough grass to get them the necessary fiber for proper gut function. Even a toothless wonder would have hay in front of him always to suck on. It's so important for their wellbeing.
SM has added vit/ mins, and if you give the minimum amount for your size horses you should be good on that part.
I, personally, would go 50/50 with hay, if I could get quality hay, or full ration SM and hay in a slowfeeder at all times. Especially for harder keepers in winter.
    09-22-2013, 12:07 PM
Originally Posted by SueNH    
Horses need grass or hay. The long plant fibers are needed to keep the gut working. Without it you risk colic, ulcers and many behavioral problems.

What is SB?
Stable Mix? Who makes it?
Elk Grove Milling Product Line | Stable Mix
    09-22-2013, 06:25 PM
Green Broke
That looks like a nice feed full of fiber. I see they have a senior mix too. But I still wouldn't stop feeding hay. Put some hay in a slow feeder. It's digesting that hay that keeps them warm.

If I lived in an expensive hay area I'd probably use something like that to stretch it out. Hay is cheap here, good mixed grass, 800lb round bale is only $30. You folks out west would probably be horrified to see how much hay I waste over the winter.
    09-22-2013, 06:40 PM
You're sooooo lucky, Sue. 90 lb bale of grasshay, very nice, clean and weedfree, tho, I currently pay $23 . The stable mix comes in 50 lb bags for 12.50, or 250 lb barrels to refill/ switch for 55$. Cheaper than my grasshay. My problem, apart from the long stem fiber, it's main ingredient is oat hay=high NSC= not so good for my possible IR horse.
    09-23-2013, 08:30 PM
Thanks so much for all the info!! I plan on getting some hay for them and feeding them both! Probably 50/50 with some stable mix.

We have a slow feeder for one that tends to eat too fast and It works really well!

Any supplement suggestions? Any experience with Smartpack??

Thanks agian for the input!! :)
    09-23-2013, 08:57 PM
If you feed the recommended minimum amount of SM you shouldn't need anything else. Even if you're a little below that you should be fine.
    09-23-2013, 09:21 PM
Pelleted feed should be scattered over a wide an area as possible, like an old table with wooden sides added. This slows the horses down to nibbling rather than bolting it down. Not much nutrition is absorbed when bolted as it runs thro the system fairly quickly and deposits expensive manure on the ground. If you use small mesh hay nets, it too slows them down, again, more bang for your buck.

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