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post #1 of 16 Old 05-26-2013, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Switching to a ration balancer. Specifically empower balance.

Ida told anyone that feeding 30% protein was a death sentence. But here I am, an expensive bag of feed, a possibly cushings pony, and a delema...

How do you successfully switch to a feed this rich?

My big question is on how to combine the current feed, without things going bad. 12%+30% = trouble times 10 to me.

Currently on triumph complete, switching to empower balance.

Maybe, hopefully......
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-26-2013, 01:25 AM
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No need to worry....
RB' s are being fed at 1-2lbs/day. Math example:
15lbs hay with 10% protein =1.5 lbs protein
1 lb RB with 30% protein = 0.3lbs protein
5 lbs Triumph with 12% = 0.6lbs protein( as an example amount)

See what I mean?

For switching over I'd reduce the Triumph and add the RB by the once, over about 10 days. If you still have Triumph left, you can sprinkle a bit over the RB ration until it's used up.
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Make sure you do the math and invest in a measuring cup. My old pony only gets 1/3 of a cup at each meal.
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What deserthorsewoman said. It's the percentage of the diet as a whole that's important- not the percentage of each individual component. Something with 30% protein is fine as long as you're not feeding it in large amounts.
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Well, so far I'm sold on this. Not even a week in, I can notice a change. She looks better even from the road! Her attitude is 10x better! I think she honestly feels better.
I tend to stick to my ways, but if this plays out as well as its gone thus far, all of ours will be on this feed.


Of course adjusted as needed per horse....... But I do believe I'm done with STANDARD feed. How many years and how many horses, and its that dang easy..... Though I do feel like a mad scientist come feeding time.

Thank you all that replied! Our lil mare looks and acts better already.
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I’m late to the party here, but I second what DHW, SueNH, and Verona all said.
I made the switch over on my horse in about 10 days and the difference in his temperament was noticeable during that time frame, and it continued to just improve after that.
And you will continue to notice good things for months to come.
My guy has been on Empower Balancer over a year now and we are going to stick with it unless availability, or health issues makes us switch.

Like mentioned above, a good measuring cup is your friend!
Mine gets about ˝ a cup twice a day along with his hoof supp and flaxseed.
Beautiful coat, beautiful hooves, beautiful condition, and a beautiful temperament.
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I bought a scale! I'm actually weighing feed...
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Okay .. let's talk about this.

I'm considering this and here is why.

Last year I bought a 3 year old QH gelding. Rode him in the arena and on the trail before I bought him. He was a bit of a deadhead .. which was ok by me.

He was being fed a custom mix of ricebran/something and hay at the time. I'm now feeding Triumph 12/6 with rice bran. For a small horse, he's not a real easy keeper.

He LOOKS fabulous. Coat is beautiful, weight is good, but he has LOST HIS MIND. EVERYTHING freaks him out, he is over reactive, and has become quite the handful. He acts like a horse hopped up on sweetfeed or something.

Someone mentioned Ration Balancer and I'm looking at it.

Talk to me .... please.
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Okay .. let's talk about this.

I'm considering this and here is why.

Last year I bought a 3 year old QH gelding. Rode him in the arena and on the trail before I bought him. He was a bit of a deadhead .. which was ok by me.

He was being fed a custom mix of ricebran/something and hay at the time. I'm now feeding Triumph 12/6 with rice bran. For a small horse, he's not a real easy keeper.

He LOOKS fabulous. Coat is beautiful, weight is good, but he has LOST HIS MIND. EVERYTHING freaks him out, he is over reactive, and has become quite the handful. He acts like a horse hopped up on sweetfeed or something.

Someone mentioned Ration Balancer and I'm looking at it.

Talk to me .... please.
Don't forget to consider a magnesium deficiency. A RB would be a good start. If that doesn't help I would consider looking into magnesium. I use MagRestore. Which is even cheaper than I originally thought. I paid $50 for the two month supply but that is at the high dosage. My little arab only needs one scoop a day. So I will be pushing 4 months on one little bag.
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