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post #1 of 13 Old 10-09-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Sentinel & Blue Seal Feeds?!?!

What do you think of Sentinel and Blue Seal horse feeds? I am thinking about putting my horse on Sentinel Performance LS and Trotter. Any opinions on either of these?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-10-2012, 07:32 PM
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I know people who use sentinel senior and I really like it alot. I use blue seals sport and its a really great feed. Otherwise I have no expierence with the two you stated above.
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Sentinel is a nice big nugget, so horses with bad teeth actually eat it, which is nice. My horse is parrot mouthed and does very well on it.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-11-2012, 02:51 PM
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I used trotter for years and years. Nice complete pellet that is half hay on it's own. Good for horses who's teeth are getting a little iffy. Pretty low carb for an older horse feed that's been around for 20 years. Only reason I switched is because my air ferns got even more easy to keep and were going to blow up even on half rations.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-11-2012, 09:50 PM
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Sue, did you like the trotter? I was suggested by the 'nutritionalist' to switch to that if I was goin to switch at all. Mine are on sport which is apparently High in sugar? I mean my guys do great on it and especially going into winter I don't want to change it yet if I do. But like they say 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' I'm probably better off just sticking to sport
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-12-2012, 08:33 AM
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I loved trotter. My horses were fat and dappled on it. The only reason I switched is because of things related to advanced age and I had to rethink my feeding strategies.

sport is for high use performance horses, unless you are doing hard training daily I wouldn't give it. I actually wouldn't use it anyway because the ingredients reads pretty much Corn, wheat, corn, molasses with some vitamins and minerals thrown in. It's like a bowl of Capt. Crunch pelleted.

Open the two ingredient lists side by side and you will see the difference.

As far as winter goes it's hay/fiber that keeps them warm. Trotter is very high in fiber. It's digesting the hay that throws the most body heat.

If it wasn't for a 11 hand, 37 yr old fat pony I would probably be still feeding it. Even being mostly alfalfa meal it was still too rich for her and she gained weight and gained weight and it became impossible to get the nutrition in her that her coat showed me she needed without blowing her up.

I'd trust what the nutritionist says. If it turns out your horse needs a bit more you can add some rice bran or soaked beet pulp.
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HUGE HUGE HUGE fan here.

if you look up one of my last health threads on my horse bailey gaining weight in just a month and a half on the sentinel ls feed he has pretty much gained all his weight back and is not a high strung nut case on it either. he gets worked 3 times a week (only because we are still working on muscle gain since he was malnurished) and this feed has really kept up with him and all his mouth problems (broken jaw).

i swear by it now and have all my horses on it who are being worked are on some form of senteniel. my other horse denny who gets ridden 5 days a week either by me or my trainer has also done really well on the sentential performance. and he is in training for 30 mile rides, and this feed is keeping him going and keeping the weight on.

i also spoke with a nutritionalist (blue seal ) before i put my guys on it. they helped me figure out the amount that should be given to each horse and even helped me find the right supplements that would work well with the food to help maximize what the horse gets. and not all were blue seal products. the person i had was really more focused on the horse rather then the brand of food she was representing and really wanted the best outcome where ever it lead us. which also helped alot. they also call every 30 days to make sure we are still seeing improvement and they think we are ready to add half and half sentinel ls and performance into the arab to see if he will have the drive for endurance. they really try to help accomadate(sp) your goals/horse goals with what there feeds are designed to so they might start you on one and have you move to another down the road.

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I use Trotter. Absolutely LOVE it, as do my horses.

Sentinel and Blue Seal are the same company, so you shouldn't have any worries about the quality regardless of which BS product you go with.

Trotter is legume, not grain, based. That makes me happy. Its main ingredient is alfalfa with added soybean hulls. Both are really good for horses, and I find the Trotter makes up for any vitamin and mineral deficiencies that might be in my hay.

Even my 26 y/o glistens, and the two younger horses are fat, happy, and healthy.

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Right when I bought my horse, Blue Seal feeds were wiped from the shelves in my area because of more local feed competition so I never was able to try them on my horse.
But, FWIW I used them for years with all my other farm animals and livestock and they are still my favorite feeds.
All my animals across the board did better on Blue Seal feeds and given the chance (without having to drive for 3 hours to get it) I would switch back in a heart beat and have no qualms about putting my horse on it.
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Mine look really great on the Sentinel Senior, 5 very different types of horses doing different things - one pretty much retired now. I add sugar beet depending on what they do by way of work and rice bran to the ones who arent such good keepers. Not had any problems doing that myself.
I would recommend it to anyone
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