Recommended brands of Ration balancers

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    06-12-2013, 09:19 AM
Recommended brands of Ration balancers

I have read many threads on ration balancers and done lots of research, but I figured I would just ask for my personal situation.
I have a 6 year old friesian mare that is not a "hard keeper". I have boarded her at the same barn for three years and have not had any say in her diet. Now that I am moving her to America, I want to change her from oats to a ration balancer so that I know she is getting all of the nutrients she needs to finish growing and really thrive.
Very soon I will also be acquiring a 9 year old ottb. I also want to put him on a ration balancer.
Sooo, back to my main point, I have Empower balance, Purina enrich 32, triple crown 30% and tribute (I can not remember the name of their ration balancer) available around my area. I was wondering if anybody had ever tried these and what their results were with them.

Thanks in advance
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    06-12-2013, 09:23 AM
I recently switched my horses to Enrich 32, it's the only ration balancer available in my area. I honestly am having a hard time deciding how big of a difference it made in my horses. I was feeling like they didn't look all that great on their old feed. I guess I would say they look some better but haven't really noticed the huge differences that some say they did when switching?
    06-12-2013, 09:41 AM
Yah, I am hoping that switching my mare over will add a little bit of a shine to her coat and just make her healthier overall. She is pretty shiny right now, but I feel like she could benefit from some added vitamins and minerals. Sh currently gets around 17 kgs or 40 pounds of low to mid quality grass hay and straw and around 2.5 kgs of oats.
    06-12-2013, 09:44 AM
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Hi, and welcome to The Horse Forum!
I have used Empower Balancer, Buckeye Grow-N-Win, and Hubbard Ration Balancer 30% (which I think is very close to the Triple Crown 30%). I have Enrich 32 available in my area also.
For my horse, the Empower Balancer has been the best, with Buckeye grow-N-Win a very close second (but harder to get in my area.)

I have nothing against the Enrich 32, but when I really researched RB’s in depth and my horse’s needs, the Empower was the better choice over Enrich and indeed my horse is slick, healthy, happy with a mellow temperament, and has great hooves.
Unless a serious health issues forces a diet change, we will be staying on the RB’s.
My boy only gets cup twice a day (along with a little flaxseed and 1 oz. Of hoof supplement) and one bag of "feed" last me 2 months.
    06-12-2013, 09:48 AM
Wow, thank you. 1/2 cup is very little, is that the recommended amount or did you find your horse thrived on less?
    06-12-2013, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Farmchic    
I recently switched my horses to Enrich 32, it's the only ration balancer available in my area. I honestly am having a hard time deciding how big of a difference it made in my horses. I was feeling like they didn't look all that great on their old feed. I guess I would say they look some better but haven't really noticed the huge differences that some say they did when switching?
How long has it been since you switched? It can take a little while to really see the difference. (It's still working on the inside, just takes longer to see the difference in the coat and feet.)
Try looking at your horse's hooves, just below the coronary might notice a mild line around the hooves where the hoof is starting to grow a little better. That could coincide with when you started feeding the RB.(if it has been long enough)

My horse had a noticeable line around all four hooves. (it's common to see lines because of diet changes) And from the line back up his hooves, the growth was tighter and more healthy. Eventually the line grew out as he grew in a whole new hoof in the year since I started the RB. Now his hoof wall and hoof health is much stronger than it was last year at this time.

We were going through the transition from shoes to barefoot last summer and he had constant marks in the white line every time the farrier trimmed from small bruises.
So far this year? Not a single mark or bruise in his hoof at all!
However, I do also use HorseShoer's Secret.
    06-12-2013, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Yasmien    
Wow, thank you. 1/2 cup is very little, is that the recommended amount or did you find your horse thrived on less?
If you read the label on the bag, or on the websites, RBs are generally only fed at one to two pounds, depending on the workload and horse needs, and there is a chart with suggested use.
Can't remember if it was the Grow-N-Win site or the Nutrena site that has a handy little calculator to punch in your horse's info, breed, workload, ect and it will spit out a "recommendation" to start with.
Since I already knew my boy was an easy keeper and was only getting 1/3 of the recommended feed for a horse his size, I started with just under 1 pound, and slowly scaled back as needed.
If he had indicated that 1 pound was the right amount, I would have stayed at that.
    06-12-2013, 10:10 AM
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I currently feed Purina Enrich 32 as it's the only RB available in my area. One bag lasts me about a month feeding it to my pony and yearling Paint. My 12.2hh pony gets 1 pound and my 13.2 hh yearling gets 1.5 pounds. I used the website to check out what feed they were getting to see how much I should be feeding my boys. I believe the bag said for my yearling, I should be feeding 2-3 pounds? That would be overloading him, though, so the FeedXL definitely came in handy. My boys are fat and sassy so they're in good health. My pony has always had good hooves and my yearling is on a hoof supplement, so I can't comment on what it's doing to their feet. Overall, I am definitely a fan of RBs. Small rations that pack a lot of nutrients!
    06-12-2013, 05:19 PM
Lockwood- It's been about two months since I switched all my horses (Paso Finos) over. I feed a 1 Cup measuring cup full 2 times a day. And I also give them 1 C of dry oats and 2C of beet pulp 2 times a day.

Sometimes I think it's hard to tell the difference yourself And none of my friends or family are horsey so they are of no help for a second opinion, LOL

Over the winter I was just very disappointed in how everyone looked for the amount of feed I was giving them, 1 2quart scoop two times a day and a couple of them were getting 1 1/2 scoops plus beet pulp. Of course it was winter and they were hairy! They have since shed out which makes even harder to tell in a way.
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    06-12-2013, 05:37 PM
Green Broke
I feed my horse Triple Crown 30% Supplement. Before I switched to that he had been getting a pelleted vitamin/mineral supplement for a few months, and before that his previous owner had been feeding him All-Stock sweet feed (ick!). I noticed his hooves growing significantly faster within a couple weeks of the switch (he had been barely growing before then, which was bad because he needed corrective trimming but the farrier had almost nothing to work with!)

I think my horse is doing great on TC30. I feed 1 lb daily (recommended amount for his weight/activity level) along with flaxseed and a pound of alfalfa pellets.

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