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    10-15-2012, 03:33 PM
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Green Broke
Stable's Choice 12 or Purina Edge(LONG)

When I first moved down to NC the new barn switched my then 18month old PaintxTB gelding to Purina Omolene #100....they and I noticed that he seemed slow, non interested, and just out of energy, so we did some research and switched him to Purina Equine Junior. He did much better, and before long was back to his normal self.

About 2months ago I moved my now 2.5year old horse home. My local feed store, does not sell Purina Omolene #100, or Equine Junior, so I slowly weaned him off the Purina, and onto the closest thing that I thought, which was Stable's Choice 12 from Wal-Mart.

He seems to be doing just fine on it, don't have any issues with it what so ever, except for I do have to feed him a bit more of it to keep him looking at a good weight. He gets hay throughout the day, and has limited pasture to graze on.

Stable's Choice 12 is a "Textured Sweet Feed for the Maintenance of Mature Horses" I talked to my feed guy today, whom I also buy hay from, and he suggested that I switch my horse to the Purina Edge, or the Strategy. From doing some research on the Strategy, I do believe that is a little bit more than what I am looking for.



So I guess what my questions are....should I switch him to a more well known feed such as Purina Edge? Or should I keep him on the Stable's Choice 12. The Stable's Choice 12 is a sweet feed, and the Purina Edge is a pelleted feed. So all around which is a better feed? I want the better feed for the money.

Heres some info on the Stable's Choice 12
Crude Protein....12%
Crude Fat.........2.5%
Crude Fiber.......16%
Calcium.............0.75%

Don't have the info on the Purina Edge in front of me at this time, but my understanding is that with the Edge, I would have to feed less than I would with the Stable's Choice 12.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, as I can't wrap my mind around what he needs, and what he is actually getting. Thanks so much!
     
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    10-15-2012, 03:57 PM
  #2
Started
Loose the Walmart food yesterday.
     
    10-15-2012, 04:03 PM
  #3
Weanling
I have fed Healthy Edge in the past (switched over to a locally milled equivalent feed recently) and have no complaints. My horse was underweight when I got him and he put on weight very well. In my experience horses tend to like the taste... I've tasted it myself and it's palatable for people too.

The cost was the reason I switched - the price locally went up to $16/50 lbs and the locally milled equivalent (Lone Star Hi Fat, for those interested) is $10/50 lbs. I don't know what you're paying where you are.

Purina did have a $10 off 2 bags Facebook promo coupon a month or so ago, if they're still running that maybe you could print out the coupon and give it a try?
     
    10-15-2012, 04:56 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
Loose the Walmart food yesterday.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tarpan    
I have fed Healthy Edge in the past (switched over to a locally milled equivalent feed recently) and have no complaints. My horse was underweight when I got him and he put on weight very well. In my experience horses tend to like the taste... I've tasted it myself and it's palatable for people too.

The cost was the reason I switched - the price locally went up to $16/50 lbs and the locally milled equivalent (Lone Star Hi Fat, for those interested) is $10/50 lbs. I don't know what you're paying where you are.

Purina did have a $10 off 2 bags Facebook promo coupon a month or so ago, if they're still running that maybe you could print out the coupon and give it a try?

Thanks for the posts! At the time I switched, I thought it was my only option that was reliable, that's why I started the Stables Shoice from Wally World. Defintely not the smartest choice, but before I found the feed store I get hay from now, I didnt think I had many options. Thanks for the info Tarpan! Will be making the switch for sure....will look and see if they have those coupons too! Thanks!
     
    10-15-2012, 07:29 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Stables Choice Textured Sweet Feed
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Stables Choice Textured Sweet Feed:
* High molasses level
* Balanced to maintain proper energy
* Fortified with vitamins and minerals
* Highly palatable
* Good source of high energy
I've never seen a feed brag about being high in molasses

I'm personally a big fan of feeding as low sugar/starch as possible- no corn or molasses, and avoiding grain if at all possible. They're just not great for a horse's digestive system.

The first step is to make sure your horse is getting plenty of hay- at least 2% of his body weight daily, though free choice is great if you can do so.

Next is to cover the horse's bases nutritionally- I like a ration balancer for this; I use Triple Crown 30% Supplement, but most brands make at least one. Some make one for grass and one for alfalfa diets. For grass, Purina's is Enrich 32 and Nutrena's is Empower Balance Grass.

Finally, if your horse isn't an easy keeper, he'll likely need some additional calories. Stabilized rice bran, beet pulp and/or alfalfa cubes/pellets/hay are great choices. As an added bonus, if your horse needs his calories adjusted for any reason (stall rest due to an injury, increased exercise, seasonal variation, etc.) you can just adjust this part of the diet, and not worry about whether or not he's still getting enough nutrients.
     
    10-15-2012, 07:37 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Stables Choice Textured Sweet Feed


I've never seen a feed brag about being high in molasses

I'm personally a big fan of feeding as low sugar/starch as possible- no corn or molasses, and avoiding grain if at all possible. They're just not great for a horse's digestive system.

The first step is to make sure your horse is getting plenty of hay- at least 2% of his body weight daily, though free choice is great if you can do so.

Next is to cover the horse's bases nutritionally- I like a ration balancer for this; I use Triple Crown 30% Supplement, but most brands make at least one. Some make one for grass and one for alfalfa diets. For grass, Purina's is Enrich 32 and Nutrena's is Empower Balance Grass.

Finally, if your horse isn't an easy keeper, he'll likely need some additional calories. Stabilized rice bran, beet pulp and/or alfalfa cubes/pellets/hay are great choices. As an added bonus, if your horse needs his calories adjusted for any reason (stall rest due to an injury, increased exercise, seasonal variation, etc.) you can just adjust this part of the diet, and not worry about whether or not he's still getting enough nutrients.

Thanks so much for breaking it down the way you did for me! Lets see...my horse is an easy keeper for sure. Although I do work him, its really not a whole lot....as for hay he gets fed quite a bit....basically 2 flakes 3-4 times a day. Pasture grazing is at a minimum at the moment due to us not having the third section fenced in yet.


My main question, or what I have been thinking a lot about is what does the basic horse need nutritionally? Thanks again!
     

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