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post #1 of 47 Old 06-04-2012, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Purina Strategy?

My new gelding was about 150 lbs underweight when he first came to my care (its been a month. Approx 100 lbs to go) Previous owner had fed him all stock 2-3x/week (not on a regular schedule. Not going to get into that. Whats done is done ) and worked him very frequently.

When I first got horse about a month ago he had very dry skin and mane/tail, and ribs etc were pretty prominent. My first thought was "I'm getting this guy off all stock". The only available feed at the local store was sweet feed and Strategy. I chose the Strategy.

Right choice? Yay or Nay? I am interested in everyones opinion.
I will say that he seems to be doing GREAT on it, though he's only been on it now for about 3 weeks. His coat is shiny and his mane and tail are back to good condition. No more dry skin, yay! I have also noticed he has more personality with the Strategy. He is not hot, or hard to handle but he is definitely more alive. I feel like he was more "laid back, sleepy, sad looking" on the all stock feed and strategy has given him a pep in his step so to speak. In addition to being fed Strategy 2x daily, he is on 24 hour pasture board.

I would love yall's opinions on Strategy. Whether I made the right decision between it, all stock and sweet feed and if there is anything else I can do/should do for him. I have ridden for many years but he is my first horse that is "mine" and I want to do right by him
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post #2 of 47 Old 06-04-2012, 06:54 AM
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I LOVE strategy ! My mare used to have a dull coat no matter how much I brushed her, but on strategy she is super shiney and she keeps her weight up in the winter.

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post #3 of 47 Old 06-04-2012, 07:39 AM
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Strategy Healthy Edge is better than the Strategy,in my opinion. It helped my trainers mare gain weight after weaning and she was pulled way down this time. Now she's back to normal weight.
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I would choose Strategy over sweet feed any day. Sweet feed is going to pack on the sugar without giving the horse any real nutrients. Our local hunter barn uses Strategy for their competition horses, but I'm unfamiliar with how well it puts weight on hard keepers.
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I love the strategy healthy edge, my horse was 75-100 pounds under weight when I first got him and this helped him gain the weight right up. I feel like it is an affordable grain. I also talked to a person at my feed store to switch him to just strategy and she said if he is maintaining his weight there is no need to. The healthy edge also has beet pulp mixed in which is a plus to me!
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Strategy does a fair job of putting weight on horses if you feed the reccomended amount for their work level. If your horse has a pretty heavy work load, however, you might need to supplement with some kind of weight builder. My mare is worked hard and started losing weight on Strategy/12 a day turnout. I started supplementing oil and additional hay. She's gained about 20 pounds in the past two weeks.

Strategy is definitely better than sweet feed! It works great for most horses. Everything else in the barn thrives on it and keeps a healthy weight and shiney coat.
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I love Strategy and would choose it over the sweet feed or the stock feed any day without hesitation. My gelding did great on it when he was young (young being relative since he just turned 4).
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Strategy Healthy Edge is better than the Strategy,in my opinion. It helped my trainers mare gain weight after weaning and she was pulled way down this time. Now she's back to normal weight.
They did not have the Strategy Healthy Edge. I was disappointed because that is one of the feeds I wanted to look at. I am still browsing through other feed stores in neighboring towns that are close enough for the drive to not be an issue. If I see healthy edge I may consider switching him. Would he only stay on it until he gained his weight or is it good for maintaining too?
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Strategy is god for gaining and maintaining. Just feed to his activity level according to the tag. They separate it by pregnant mates, yearlings, moderate activity, etc etc. Then, there is a range within those divisions. For gaining, you can feed him on the higher range of his given activity level and back off once he's at his ideal weight. I like that because you know he's still getting his recommended amount, so you're not as likely to run into problems with under feeding that can be associated with brand that use just one lump feeding range - I.e. .75 - 4# per day. I hate those feed labels.
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post #10 of 47 Old 06-05-2012, 11:57 PM
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I love strategy. It helped put 100 lbs on my rescue horse in 2-3 months. He is now off of it because its spring and its plentyful. But its the only grain I have found that keeps weight on both my hard keeping TB's. Plus I can feed it to my easy keeper 2 year old walker filly. Great stuff. Also try mixing it with soaked beet pulp, does the trick!
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