PeggySue - I am basing my opinions about Purina on 12 years of experience working for the company and your perception is your perception and I can respect that. I am not going to change your mind but I do want others out there to know the truth about what I have seen, which is a company like none other. Purina is the leader in the industry since 1894 because of the products and the people behind the products.
As for feeding WellSolve to IR horses, I have seen it work wonders. If anyone is interested check out the research abstract about this product. This product is entirely GRAIN FREE and in the research that was done, horses that ate it had a plasma insulin response comparable to a horse at fasting. Interesting stuff.
First I want to say that I REALLY respect your loyalty to your employer and your strong belief in their product, elst you probably would be employed somewhere else.
I said that to say when my 23 yr old was formally diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome in May, 2007 (that's not quite the same things as insulin resistance), the WellSolve line was not quite ready to be introduced to the public.
With the help of two equine nutritionists, a diet was developed and thankfully was spot-on. Even though I took Purina off my Christmas lists a long time ago, I still waited for the WellSolve to be introduced.
I think it was 12 - 18 months later, I was able to get the WellSolve L/S at the local Purina Dealer. I rushed to the store and started transitioning my EMS horse immediately.
Within a few days I thought he acted "off" - you know, the kind of "off" you can't put your finger on, but know something's amiss because you've owned this horse since he was a coming three year old.
Still, I gave the WellSolve "25 pounds worth of try" and it failed miserably. I took the remaining 25 lbs back to the store and they grudingly refunded my money for the whole bag - I didn't ask for the whole bag, just to pro-rate it.
Soooo, I call your company and guess what I discovered? The WellSolve L/S had a combined iron amount of over 800 ppm. That was out of the mouth of a Purina marketing rep. Others called Purina and were told the same thing, so it wasn't just me making something up or mis-interpretting what I was told.
The is about quadruple what a normal healthy horse should have, then when the iron in the grass and hay are factored in, my horse was in toxic overload. Especially since I already know that my pastures and hay are pretty high in iron because I've had them tested.
Metabolic horses do NOT need iron added to their diet because it inhibits copper and zinc, which are needed not only for the immune system in healthy horses, but to stabilize insulin in metabolic horses.
I tip my hat in a huge way to Purina's R&D Lab but some big horrible disparity happens from the time R&D says "it's a go", to the time the product hits production and the marketeers get involved.
If I thought I didn't want Purina products 10 years ago, I KNEW I didn't ever want them again after the WellSolve L/S fiasco.
I hate that your R&D is so enthusiastic and does their very best and then it all goes to s**t when things hit the production line.
Consistency in the G/A is a big deal too. I know folks with enough money that they send stuff out for analysis just for kicks and then report back to us poor ole middle class folks that are trying to do the best we can for our horses and sometimes get duped.
Please feel free to copy/paste this in an e-mail to your superiors. If they want personal conversation, I'd love that too. You can PM me for my e-mail address and phone number.
Thanks for listening