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post #1 of 7 Old 06-06-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ration Balancers

I was looking at Progressive Ration Balancers(on the recomendation by my vet that my horse should have an RB)and found 2 that are very similar. I'm just not sure what the difference is between the 2, besides the fact that ProAdd had more percentages of everything. Is that the only difference? And which one would you feed to a 6 year old healthy horse in moderate work? He's on pasture right now with hay because there isn't really much grass out there.

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Based on the quick glance of the 2 products the difference is the amount of each mineral and vitamins in each dose......the Ultimate packs a bigger punch.

Look at the Guaranteed Analysis you will see the Ultimate is higher concentration in minerals such as protein for example. Yet is lower in fat content....so you'll just have to look at which product gives you the better option for what your looking to feed

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Ration Balancer - exactly what ration can it balance if the hay/grass hasn't been tested. Once the company has that info then it could make up a real ration balancer custom for your situation. That then would be a ration balancer. The names are designed to sell the product.
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I completely agree. The only way to have a balanced ration is to get your grass and hay tested. However, if you look at the guaranteed analysis on both products there is a big difference between the two. If you really want a 100% balanced ration for your horse, contact a nutritionist. You can always send a sample of you forage to get tested. Usually feed companies can send a rep out to your farm to get samples if you are not sure.
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actually they are designed to fill in the nutrition lacking from the AVERAGES being tested.

The ProAdd and ProGrass are both great products if you have a obese horse go with the ProAdd Ultimate from what I understood talking to Progressive was that it has fewer calories per serving :)

Saddlebag hay testing is not always feasible to everybody for one reason or another and these products are helping ALOT of overweight horses get the needed nutrition without the added calories of traditional feeds

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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actually they are designed to fill in the nutrition lacking from the AVERAGES being tested.

The ProAdd and ProGrass are both great products if you have a obese horse go with the ProAdd Ultimate from what I understood talking to Progressive was that it has fewer calories per serving :)

Saddlebag hay testing is not always feasible to everybody for one reason or another and these products are helping ALOT of overweight horses get the needed nutrition without the added calories of traditional feeds
Thanks. I think I'll go with the ProAdd Ultimate because he could stand to lose some weight, he's not over-weight but he needs to get in better shape for the summer and he doesn't need any extra calories.

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don't have sticker shock because that bag is going to last you a while I don't remember feeding amounts on it but I am thinking one bag will last a month or more

Take lots of before and during pics the changes will be slight but dramatic

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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