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  • Cost of purina's wellsolve equine l/s
  • Purina wellsolve l/s recall

 
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    08-17-2012, 07:36 PM
  #1
Weanling
Wellsolve L/S shortage?

Has anyone noticed that Purina Wellsolve L/S is hard to come by recently? I just bought the one and only bag left within 50 miles of my house. In the 4 months I have been feeding this to my horse, I have never had to call every feed store around me to get it. Is it because of the drought? Hopefully not a recall? There is plenty of Nutrena Safechoice around here, maybe I should consider a switch?
     
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    08-17-2012, 07:56 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Hm I haven't seen one in my area but I'm way far from you. Have you checked the Purina website for ther distributor list? You might find another shop or a place that will take an order.
     
    08-17-2012, 08:05 PM
  #3
Weanling
I did, called every single one within 50 miles of me. Most suppliers said they usually get their feed shipments on Thursdays, why they didn't get any this week don't know.
     
    08-17-2012, 08:06 PM
  #4
Started
Purina voluntarily recalled some lot numbers of the WellSolve W/C a few months back. It was for Vitamin D overload.

Purina Mills - Purina Mills<BR>News

Since nothing is ever exactly as "They" say, I find it interesting that the L/S is in short supply.

I'm not at all a Purina fan but I will give them the benefit of the doubt nd say: "Maybe it's because everyone that used the W/C is now buying the L/S and demand has over-stepped their standard inventory supply."

P.S. Cursor clear to the bottom of the list to see the WellSolve lots --- horse feed evidently doesn't count as much as fish, game and whatever other livestock chow.
     
    08-17-2012, 09:08 PM
  #5
Weanling
Hopefully that's not the case :(. Like I said, I maybe wanting to make a switch.
     
    08-21-2012, 09:51 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by SaddleStrings    
Has anyone noticed that Purina Wellsolve L/S is hard to come by recently? I just bought the one and only bag left within 50 miles of my house. In the 4 months I have been feeding this to my horse, I have never had to call every feed store around me to get it. Is it because of the drought? Hopefully not a recall? There is plenty of Nutrena Safechoice around here, maybe I should consider a switch?
There was not a recall on WellSolve L/S. As a Purina consultant I would just advise you this (in regard to switching), Safechoice is a more similar product to our Strategy Healthy Edge feed. Strategy Healthy Edge is low in starch and high in fat and fiber but neither product compares to WellSolve L/S. That product has no grains, no molasses and a guaranteed lowest level of sugar and starch. In the research done horses had the same blood glucose/insulin response to a meal of WellSolve L/S as a horse at fasting. So, if your horse has a diagnosed condition (such as Cushings, EMS etc) that requires a diet like WellSolve L/S then I would not consider switching. If your horse does not have a condition like this but you are just wanting a product that is generally lower in starch then you could try something else and see what you think. My two cents :o)
     
    08-21-2012, 09:56 PM
  #7
Yearling
I just switched from Wellsolve l/s to the Safechoice, but not because I could not find it. The price difference in a bag is about 8$. They seem to be comparable enough for my satisfaction, so I am content. We are on bag 2, and mine seem to be getting what they need just as much as with the WellSolve.
     
    08-21-2012, 11:24 PM
  #8
Weanling
It's just frustrating that I've had to search high and low to find the Well Solve this time around. It's a good product, my Cushoid horse does well on this feed, and eats it readily. I'm just hoping it's not going to be hard to come by in the coming months. It's already a pricier feed than most and if I have to travel around to find it, it's a strain on my gas and wallet in the long run.
     
    08-23-2012, 07:59 AM
  #9
Started
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Originally Posted by SaddleStrings    
It's just frustrating that I've had to search high and low to find the Well Solve this time around. It's a good product, my Cushoid horse does well on this feed, and eats it readily. I'm just hoping it's not going to be hard to come by in the coming months. It's already a pricier feed than most and if I have to travel around to find it, it's a strain on my gas and wallet in the long run.
I can really feel your pain on this one. I have two horses with metabolic issues and third one that is oat/corn/soy intolerant.

I am glad your horse is doing well on the L/S. I had my EMS horse on L/S when Purina first rolled out the WellSolve. I gave him until half way thru the bag to perk back up again; he didn't. I took the rest of the bag back to the store, left my phone # for a Purina rep to call me and that never happened.

That's when I started driving 92 miles (one way) to buy EquiPride. I just can't make that drive anymore, so I am also looking for other options. Difficult for the metabolic horses. Impossible for the one with soy intolerance, whom I didn't realize he was THAT soy intolerant until I got him on EquiPride, which is soy-free.

At the moment, I am feeding my two seniors Triple Crown as the nearest dealer is "only" 41 miles away

I did that so I could stretch the EquiPride out longer and feed it to my soy intolerant horse for as long as possible.

I hear the rumor that McCauley feeds has a product called M-10 that is soy free but I haven't investigated too much. I do know there's a feed dealer "only" 38 miles from me that sells McCauley.

Since there's a Purina consultant on reading this thread:

How about TELLING Purina to get busy in their R&D and develop a soy-free product - it can be done but nobody will because it's too "cost effective" to use soy as the protein source.

Also, I have great respect for all the effort in Purina's R&D -- it's when products hit the production line that QA (or QC, whatever they call them) surely must go on lunch break during a shift, that I have issues. It doesn't cost much money, for individuals like myself, to send feed samplings to a lab for analysis to see just how close the Guaranteed Analysis on the bag matches what's in the bag.

Taking Tractor Supply & the local Co-op out of the picture, my closest feed dealer is 22 miles away -- they sell their own feed and a full line of Purina products. I spend a lot of money at that feed store - just not on horse feed-----------------

Regardless of what brand a person chooses to feed, it's getting to the point where our choices are limited. I do not like being told "you feed THIS because it's all we're going to stock, or you can drive to Egypt if you don't like it.

This "not much choice" is rant I could stay on my soapbox about. I will step down while I might still be ahead
     
    08-23-2012, 03:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
Lol, Walkinthewalk! This is more of a rant thread. We all need to blow off some steam every now and then.
     

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