I was able to coax my local tractor supply into carrying Nutrena's Empower Balance
. It pretty much took pleading all winter long. I know they are giving the manager grief now because she doesn't sell enough of it. If they bother her too much I will call corporate and light them up. Done it before. I'm guessing from the way the pile goes down it's only myself and one other feeding it. I love what I'm seeing in my horses coats. My 37 yr old pony is shiny and covered in dapples once again so are the other 2.
Before I was able to get the nutrena balance I was feeding Equi Pro MVP
by Poulin. I don't know where you are. Poulin is pretty much available only in the northeast. I love the stuff but the nearest store is an hour ride from my house and driving in the winter gets a little rough. The poulin dealer also carries the lowest carb hay stretcher I could find, lower by lots and lots. When I try to give them just the ration balancer they act like I'm starving them to death so I do trek to poulin for the hay stretcher once the grass is done.
The beauty of the ration balancers is you are feeding them so little of it you can change brands or drop it in and out without a problem. My pony gets 1/3 of a cup a day.
The small app mare gets just shy of a cup and my walker gets a full cup.
I have to honestly say I haven't feed whole grains or feeds with visible whole grains in it for ages. It never made much sense to me to feed them that way unless they were into some serious work. In the wild the only grain they would get is odds and ends when the grass seeds were ripe just before winter. The wild grasses don't have particularly big seeds. I did feed a complete pellet that was in itself half hay to make sure the nutrition got into them. I've been blessed with easy keepers so they looked great and were even fat on just a little and free choice hay and a little beet pulp. Wasn't until my pony started looking her age I got scared and found the ration balancers. She looks 10 years younger.
I've had drafts. Most are such incredibly easy keepers it's not funny. Cresty on just good grass hay.
I wish there was such a thing as ration balancers 20 years ago. It makes things so much simpler feeding 3 different horses. They finish the RB in a few bites. Then they get some low starch hay stretcher so they don't think I've cheated them. I don't have to worry about the pony getting into a high test feed.
Magnesium...it's in a lot of calming supplements, mare and foal supplements. It's in a lot of supplements for IR. None of my horses are hot or spooky. I sprinkle a little in their food. Like a teaspoon for each. A 50 lb bag of Mag Ox cost me a whooping 14 dollars. Nothing much to loose there. I do know New England soils are generally very poor in magnesium and calcium. Couldn't hurt. I do notice the old pony seems less puffy around her eyes. Kind of like less water weight gain.
Walkin', middle Tenn. Or middle NH. Seems the same. I had some meth head screaming on my front lawn 2 days ago. I have no near neighbors. If she hadn't been so tiny and sickly looking I might have been frightened. She was in screaming meltdown over a can of paint. No idea who she was. It's happened before.