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post #1 of 6 Old 05-17-2014, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Sweet feed vs. Pellet

Which is better to feed to your horse sweet or textured feed, or pellets? What are the downsides of each? Which one have you had better experiences with, and which one do your horses do better on?

I give my three young horses pellets, my 30 yr old pony mare a textured feed, my two mares that have foals textured, my tb that I ride a lot pellets with other things mixed in, and my mini pony a mix of textured and pellets.

Which do you feed your horses?
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I care more about what's in the feed than whether it's pelleted or textured. The stereotypical textured feed is full of corn and molasses, but this isn't always the case (Triple Crown Senior is a good example of a quality textured feed that's also low NSC.)

My horse gets pellets, since he gets a ration balancer. Maybe there's a textured RB out there somewhere but I haven't seen one

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I care more about what's in the feed than whether it's pelleted or textured. The stereotypical textured feed is full of corn and molasses, but this isn't always the case (Triple Crown Senior is a good example of a quality textured feed that's also low NSC.)

My horse gets pellets, since he gets a ration balancer. Maybe there's a textured RB out there somewhere but I haven't seen one
Yes I agree, my horses all get different feeds for example: I feed a senior feed to my senior and my mares with foals get a vitality mare and foal
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I prefer feeding a ration balancer, plus hay pellets/beet pulp/rice bran if calories are needed.
A ration balancer will provide the vitamins and minerals, and occasionally other goodies - like probiotics, your horse needs in a much smaller quantity than an "average" grain. You generally won't feed much more than a pound of ration balancer per day. Feeding a ration balancer also often ends up being cheaper than feeding grain which can be reallllly nice! Extra money is always good with horses around. Haha

My favorite ration balancer is one called Triple Crown 30 [it has a fixed formula which means every bag has the same ingredients and the same ratios of ingredients]. There's also Purina's Enrich and various other brands.

Here's a link that'll tell you more about ration balancers. They're really great. I've been using them for years and it's one of the best decisions I ever made.

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I also feed a ration balancer, in my case I've used either Purina Enrich or Tribute Essential K based on what was available from my local feed store. I feed ONLY the balancer (plus of course pasture/hay for forage) to my Morgan and the TB gets ration balancer plus an appropriate amount of CO (corn, oats - would love to add barley to make it COB, but barley is hard to come by where I am) along with pasture/hay and beet pulp for extra forage.

If the local feed stores had more extensive options, it might be cheaper to feed the TB a commercial feed that was formulated to be fed in larger amounts. However, this feeding program seems to really be working well for him, so I can't really complain!
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I care more about what's in the feed than whether it's pelleted or textured. The stereotypical textured feed is full of corn and molasses, but this isn't always the case (Triple Crown Senior is a good example of a quality textured feed that's also low NSC.)

My horse gets pellets, since he gets a ration balancer. Maybe there's a textured RB out there somewhere but I haven't seen one
I agree. We've fed both a textured feed from our local mill and a pellet from the Southern States Co-Op and they are both very good.

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