Originally Posted by farmpony84
I hate to admit it but I don't understand the %'s and what not. My oldest horse Pistol, who was also my first horse grew up on whatever was cheapest. Man I miss that old silver horse at $4.95 per bag! As he got older we started to have issues with his digestive system so I had him on Purina's equine senior and he just does not thrive on that. He was doing really, really well on the Triple Crowne Senior and right now he seems to be doing ok on the Nutrena senior feed.
For my other horses (all easy keepers) I'm just looking for something that will maintain the health. It looks like 12% is the lowest I can go on protein and generally speaking I'd be around 14% for most products. I'm not against using Purina products for the younger ones (who range between 5 and 17).
What should I look for in fat content?
What does your other feed look like, percentages wise? I would try and match that as closely as possble.
However, if they are all easy keepers on good grass and good hay, I would look at Nutrena Empower Balance...its a ration balancer, so you have to feed, for a normal size horse, between one and two pounds a day and its comparable to between 6 and 7 pounds of any other feed. It is VERY low in fat, but that's why it is designed for easy keepers. Its not usually carried in store in any TSC, but if you buy in bulk (its 27 dollars a bag for a 50# bag, but obviously feeding only 1 pound a day per horse it would last awhile) they might be willing to get it for you.
As far as percentages......basically its a percentage of the recommended amount of nutrients based on your horses level of activity. I just went through this with PeggySue trying to figure out if I was deficient in protien for my gelding. As it turns out I'm not, but he's super deficient in fat, so I'm getting him a fat supplement. She can give you some links if you PM her for some equations and tables and stuff, if you want to do the math for your horses.