Ration Balancer Suggestions? - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 22 Old 03-01-2013, 09:53 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 5,936
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by OneFastHorse View Post
Then they probably arent getting what they need unless you've had your hay tested.

The feeding directions are there for a reason. The min amount to be fed is what is required for the animal to meet it's nutritional requirements.
Something else the horse owner can do, is call the 800 number and ask to speak to the equine nutritionist.

I have to drive 38 miles to buy EquiPride (which is now way too pricey) or McCauley's M-10 Balancer, both of which are soy-free and grain-free. Except for distillers grains, which have had the sugars extracted by whiskey makers, therefore ok to feed to sensitive horses.

I found out AFTER I bought the first bag of McCauley's that I had to pre-order a month in advance -- that made me really happpaaaaay

Anyway, I called McCauley's and explained my fear of running out of the M-10 for that soy intolerant horse ^^^^mentioned - lol lol

He asked me about hay, how tall, how heavy, breed & age the horse is, and also the horse's daily routine, which is nothing but eat grass all day

After getting all that information, his very kind reply was "---- to stretch your bag out, you can cut back to 3/4 of a pound daily until the new order comes in. Based on everything you've said (me), this horse will get all his nutrients on one pound daily ---- and be sure you measure that---".

The instructions on feed bags are great guidelines but they are a generic, one-size-fits-all.

If somebody needs to really split hairs, I have yet to talk to any company's equine nutritionist that wasn't willing to jump thru hoops to help the horse owner figure out what the correct amount of feed would be for each horse

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
walkinthewalk is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #22 of 22 Old 03-01-2013, 10:23 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 11,869
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
6% is the starch content, but doesn't include the sugar (NSC = starch + sugar)
Good info to know and file for later, thanks! I am fortunate to not have any with metabolic issues so it's not something I've had to really pay attention to.

I agree with speaking to a nutritionist/consultant on feed. When we test hay I forward results and info on other feed to my vet and she sends me back what I need to bridge the gap. It's crazy how much nutrition and care have changed over the years, I think back to what was the "norm" (as far as feed goes) when I was a kid and what my grandpa fed. Wouldn't even think of feeding like that now.
walkinthewalk likes this.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
MHFoundation Quarters is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ration balancer? Hedgie Horse Nutrition 5 01-26-2013 04:04 PM
Ration Balancer loveyourhorse Horse Nutrition 10 03-08-2012 12:56 PM
Ration Balancer sillybunny11486 Horse Health 3 12-04-2009 12:45 PM
Ration Balancer? SavvyHearts Horse Health 0 09-29-2009 11:45 AM
Ration Balancer appylover31803 Horse Health 21 06-24-2009 08:37 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome