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    09-09-2010, 09:55 PM
  #11
Weanling
Can somebody tell me what they think of this feed?





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FEEDING DIRECTIONS Total Daily Ration
(lbs of feed per day)
700-lb
Mature BW
900-lb
Mature BW
1100-lb
Mature BW
1300-lb
Mature BW
Maintenance
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7-14 lbs
4.5-9 lbs
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Features

  • Quality Tested Ingredients
  • Pelleted Formula
  • Added Vitamins and Minerals
Benefits

  • Reduced Risk of Colic
  • Greater Digestibility, Feeding Convenience and Longer Storage Time
  • Meets Basic Maintenance Needs
FEEDING DIRECTIONS Total Daily Ration
(lbs of feed per day)
700-lb
Mature BW
900-lb
Mature BW
1100-lb
Mature BW
1300-lb
Mature BW
Maintenance
Select 12T
Hay or Pasture Equivalent 3.5-7 lbs
7-14 lbs
4.5-9 lbs
9-18 lbs
5.5-11 lbs
11-22lbs
6.5-13 lbs
13-26 lbs
Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein (min) 12.0% Crude Fat (min) 2.5% Crude Fiber (max) 22.0% Calcium (min) 0.9% Calcium (max) 1.4% Phosphorus (min) 0.45% Zinc (min) 90 ppm Copper (min) 20 ppm Selenium (min) 0.40 ppm Vitamin A (min) 3,000 IU/lb Do not feed to growing, breeding, pregnant or performance horses without additional mineral and vitamin supplementation.
50-lb Bag SKU 55506011
     
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    09-10-2010, 02:36 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Why not pose that to them? Say that while you find everything else to be tip-top...you really feel that she needs a better feed source. Be careful not to put them down about their choice...some people are just now realizing that sweetfeed isnt the cure-all for every horse. Tell them that you would provide the feed and all they would have to do is scoop it out. In the case of supplements, I always measured mine out in little containers and had them ready to go. That way the barn manager or stable hand can just scoop and dump. The end.

Peggy-Sue is the best at this nutrition stuff. My little trick to finding the best bang that you can for your buck...read the labels. Corn and molasses shouldn't be in the first 5 ingredients. I believe they both equate pound for pound into straight up sugar. The problem with sugars on a horse needing weight is...they may gain the weight but will probably sweat it right back off as soon as you return to work. It has lots of other disadvantages like being linked to Insulin resistance and hyperactivity.

For me, in my area, our choices are limited. Any kind of feed I would need is going to be at your 'big box' feed stores like Tractor Supply. Read labels and educate yourself onto whats best for your horse.
So, we did what you proposed and they said if I buy my own feed, they will feed it. Although, I will be having to pay more to keep him I'm happier to feed him what I want. Also, I will be getting extra hay for him, too. They usually feed alfalfa but right now they have grass hay which I'm pleased with. I'll give it a few months to see how happy I am before I think about moving. If I find that he is truly getting the feed and hay that I purchase him then I will be quite happy.
     

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