Originally Posted by Peggysue
you are confused still
A ration balancer is a vitamin/mineral supplement with added amino acids so there is no need to add anything but joint supplements with them they are not calories and are designed to be fed at 1lb a day
Corn is the worst of all feed stuffs to feed your horse and IMO has no business being fed to any horse period. Barley isn't as bad and oats are the best of the grains
I am not into the all natural stuff alot of people are the chemicals don't bother me "as much" they have been researched to death and are mainly used to perserve the feed. If you use fly spray you are using chemicals that are pretty harsh
I don't use fly spray either
BUT....how can you say the ration balancers aren't calories? At a pound a day they must be around 1500 calories - ie the equivalent of almost two extra flakes of hay per day. Granted - they are so balanced nutritionally and protein wise they give the horse what they need to keep their bodies fit. But there still has to be quite a few calories as well.
Dynamite's TNT does have the added amino acids (methionene and lysine etc), and a complete vite/min profile - but it's super super highly concentrated which is why he stays in great weight on 5 flakes of grass hay per day and just 1and1/3 cup (=1/2 pound) of his ration balancer (he's a 16.2 Oldenburg hunter, around 1300lbs).
Tell me more about this hatred of corn. I've actually heard that oats are bad in large amounts for some horses because they produce Avenin in the system - curious to learn more about the downside of whatever corn would be contained in a pound or two of oats/barley/corn grain mix. (aside from the whole GMO thing but seems like that's not your issue).