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    07-25-2011, 04:09 PM
I have used many different brands. I use a locally mixed feed product now. It really depends on what you are doing and what type of horse you have (young verses old for instance) on what you need. Growing horses and hard working horses are going to need more energy and protein. Freeloader bums may do ok if they get most of their nutrition from pasture. Very old horses have to have readily digestible feed (thus the equine senior products). There is no one feed that is right for all horses.
Two things that I am very particular about.

1. Be sure that the feed is labeled for horses. If it is intended for cattle, it could contain additives that are toxic to horses.

2. Make sure that the feed is fresh and has no mold. Mold can be toxic to horses.

I highly recommend that you have a relationship with a local equine veterinarian that can assess your individual horse's needs and help you design a feeding plan. Another advantage to having a "well visit" from your equine veterinarian is that when you have a 3:00 am emergency, he/she will be more willing to come to your place.
If no veterinarian is available, maybe there is another horse expert around.

THIS may give you some guidelines.
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    07-25-2011, 04:16 PM
Rumensin can cause heart failure and sudden death in horses. It is a cattle feed additive. That is why you have to be sure and not use cattle feed. There was an incidence of a name brand manufacturer accidentally putting this in some horse feed and it caused several deaths of horses and some injuries to riders that were on the horses.

Here is one article on it.
    07-25-2011, 04:37 PM
Green Broke
I have found Purina's Healthy Edge to be excellent and keeps weight on my hard keepers. Great for their coats, great protein and fat percentages and balanced vitamins/minerals.
    07-26-2011, 04:03 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Rumensin can cause heart failure and sudden death in horses. It is a cattle feed additive. That is why you have to be sure and not use cattle feed. There was an incidence of a name brand manufacturer accidentally putting this in some horse feed and it caused several deaths of horses and some injuries to riders that were on the horses.

Here is one article on it.
This is a great point! One thing I know about Purina is that for many years now they have made a commitment to make horse feeds at ionofore (i.e. Rumensin/bovatec) free plants so that there is NEVER a concern about cross contamination. Any product containing these harmful medications must be made in ionofore specific plants. Only 20 -25% of their plants nationwide are allowed to make horse feeds. This was a big monetary commitment on their part, but it is the safest thing to do for the horses.
    07-26-2011, 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by BoxT    
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.
I am not sure why you believe Nutrena products have overall less sugars then Purina, but I can assure you Purina products do more then just "taste good". I used to be an equine specialist for them so I know first hand the large amount of research that goes into every product put out into the market place. Whereas, a lot of other companies tend to get products out quickly that market to a consumer demand (like low starch) or tag copy a popular product without the appropriate amount of research on the product. Some Purina products take several years from inception to manufacturing/distribution. I don't know of any other company then Purina that has actually published research abstracts in veterinary publications proving what the products have been found to do.
For example, when coming out with a low starch product...Purina did not just make a product that would tag out to be low in starch. They tested the performance of the product (Wellsolve) on horses to determine what the actual effect would be on the blood glucose and insulin levels of the horses that are consuming the diets to ensure the best outcome.
With that type of investment and proof, you can only imagine that quality ingredients, manufacturing and safety also play a huge role in making these products. It wouldn't make sense for them to make such a big investment in research and quality to turn out a "junk food" type product.

Thanks for reading and let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
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    07-26-2011, 04:52 PM
I agree completely, Holly!! Thank you for posting this ^^
    07-26-2011, 06:43 PM
I'm a fan of the Purina Strategy Healthy Edge for my OTTB as he is certainly a higher metabolism "hard keeper".

Holly - thanks for giving us more information. I appreciate it.
    07-26-2011, 09:00 PM
Holly if the purina feeds are so great why are all the tags "products" instead of actual ingredients and why is it that Purina has to be forced into recalls when needed instead of doing them BEFORE the FDA or anybody else steps in

And why is it that when you look at the Livestock testing done Purina always has MORE citations then any other company
    07-26-2011, 09:01 PM
Holly do you happen to know the IRON levels in the Wellslove products? I know several people with IR horses that had it tested and it was higher then it should have been for the type of product it is marketed to be
    07-26-2011, 09:47 PM
Wow, peggysue. Aggressive much? There are much nicer ways to ask questions like that instead of sounding mean and accusatory. Remember, we can't hear tone of voice, so it's easy to come across as rude.
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