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    07-18-2011, 12:53 PM
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I use Nutrena Safechoice with all my horses, have for 2 years now, and have been happy with it.
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    07-18-2011, 01:45 PM
We use Purina Strategy on our OTTB and are very happy with it.

The TB farm we used to board at also used Purina Strategy for their TBs.

Everyone liked it.
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    07-18-2011, 09:37 PM
All my horses are fed Nutrena. My show horse is on Safechoice, and my two 27 year old mares, and 24 year old gelding on Senior. They all have fabulous, gleaming coats, excellent weight (especially the 27 yo Thoroughbred!!!!), and good hooves. I see no reason to change.

I know someone, very personally, who is a well known person for horses, who feeds Strategy. Her horses have weak hooves, and their coats are dull and lifeless. She has tried several products and supplements to try and get some shine to them. Nothing has worked. I honestly feel its the feed. She has about six or seven horses now, and they all have the same dull coat.
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    07-18-2011, 09:41 PM
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I'm leaning towards the safechoice or the competetitive formula... not sure which though....
    07-24-2011, 03:28 PM
I used to be an equine specialist for Purina Mills and am surprised that your friend (@DejaVu) is having trouble with Strategy. In my experience horses tend to have healthier skin, coat, and hooves when on Strategy. Something I have experienced however is that a product may not perform as well if it is not appropriate for the horse and/or if it is not fed correctly but I cannot attest to your friend as I don't know the situation. Some horses that are only eating a minimal amount of Strategy (easy keepers) do better on Strategy Healthy Edge as it is lower in calorie but higher in fat...so those on a lower feed rate get the healthy skin & coat without the extra calories.
    07-24-2011, 10:54 PM
Blue Seal! Both TSC in my area carry it.

I personally don't like Purina much except one specific type (have to check the name), which was VERY costly (like $25/bag). It has corn in it and looks very sticky. Dumor is also not on my list (although I really like their treats).
    07-24-2011, 11:21 PM
I agree with DejaVu about Purina products. I liken them to McDonalds for horses, junk food that tastes good. Nutrena products are a bit better and have less sugars.

We have a 30 yo QH mare who looked awful, skinny and a bad coat. She was being fed huge amounts of Senior along with alfalfa hay/bermuda grass hay and supplements. She was slowly going down hill. We swithed to Nutrena and she improved somewhat then I met a holistic vet who suggested feeding the mare timothy pellets. Here in AZ they are called Mountain Sunrise. We slowly switched the mare to the timothy pellets and grass hay. Her hair is slick and glossy. She looks and acts years younger now.

CSU had done studies on the processed feeds. Google them, they're real eye openers.
    07-24-2011, 11:30 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    

Blue Seal! Both TSC in my area carry it.
Ditto,..., I was going to suggest Blue Seal also.
    07-25-2011, 02:19 AM
I personally have looked at ingredients and percentages and my pick would be Sentinel as far as overall quality though the only one carried around here is the Senior and mine don't need senior. But it seems like it is outstanding quality for not a horrible price.

However I feed Nutrena and I've had outstanding results and I am very happy with it. We feed Safechoice and Prime. The only issue I have with these big companies is that the ingredient list seems to change by region. My area the Nutrena is really good on ingredients but my friend lives in MI and hers is not so great.

    07-25-2011, 03:57 PM
If feeding purina I like the ultium (higher fat for hard keepers) but if your horse is not a hard keeper it would probably be too much.

Be aware that I GREATLY DISLIKE nutrena safechoice. I market it as a low starch feed but it actually has 28% NSC in it! Not good at all for cushing/insuling resistant horses.

I love triple crown.and am currently feeding my easy keeper the LITE.

I am more familiar with their products.

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