What type of feed should I use?

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    05-08-2010, 10:51 PM
Question What type of feed should I use?

So this new feed store opened up in town and they sell Nutrena and Purina feed. We currently are buying Seminole feed but the dealer is getting kind of pricey.
Tiger & Pepper are getting Gold Chance 10: Seminole Gold Chance 10
Gizmo is getting Seminole Senior Formula: Seminole Senior Formula

We're thinking about switching over to either Nutrena or Purina, I was just wanting to get some other people's opinion. I want to know (1) if my horses are getting what they need out of their feed (2) if not if I need to switch to Nutrena or Purina and what specific feed would be best and (3) if I should start my horses on any supplements. Any advice AT ALL would be helpful.

So some things about my horses... (just for reference, my horses were getting about a scoop of food and 2 flakes of Orchard & Alfalfa hay in the morning and night during the winter and they were still skinny, but now that summer has hit I have to cut down becuase they get too fat & I fear they will founder, so only Tiger gets hay now because he is in a stall during the day)

Tiger- 11 years old, 14 hands. About 950 pounds? I currently compete in small local shows and barrel races with him. He is being ridden 2-4 times a week. I would like to start hunter under saddle and maybe dressage or jumping with him? He is in the stall for about 10 hours a day. He gets 1 flake of Orchard & Alfalfa hay in the morning and 3/4 scoop of Gold Chance 10 in the evening.
I also just started him on this hoof supplement because his hoofs get extra soft and start to tear up in the moist summer here (TLC Animal Nutrition, Inc. - The Most Trusted Name in Animal Health.)

Pepper- 18 years old, a little under 14 hands. Around 850 pounds? He is mostly a pasture horse except for now and then when we do a trail ride or fun show. He is just getting 3/4 scoop of Gold Chance 10 in the evening.

Gizmo- 19 years old, around 13 hands. Maybe 775 pounds? A girl is riding him in western pleasure in small shows. He is getting ridden about 3-4 times a week. He is getting 3/4 scoop of Seminole Senior in the evening.
I was also wondering if I should put him on any supplements? He has not had any problems with his joints but I would like to prevent any if possible. He has also had some colic issues in the past.

Okay I think that's it. Just wondering what feed and supplements you would recommend for my horses. Even if it is another Seminole feed. Thanks everyone in advance!

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    05-09-2010, 07:37 AM
Most of the feed stores around here carry Nutrena products instead of Purina (for whatever reason). We've used Nutrena Safe Choice for years and of course, they have specialized/senior products, too. It's a good all around 14% protein feed and all our mares (6 to 16 yrs) have done very well on it. You can review the specs at Nutrena: Products - Horses - SafeChoice
    05-09-2010, 09:29 AM
Umm, I feed Rowe Omega Feed. It has 6% fat content! Great for the winter months! It is pure pelleted, no sweet.
    05-09-2010, 09:01 PM
I think that Gizmo and Pepper should find a Nutrena Senior Feed and Tiger should just get on Nutrena Feed!!!!
    05-09-2010, 10:52 PM
Seminole is a much better feed then the other two.. better quality and better nutritional backing
    05-11-2010, 08:34 PM
    05-12-2010, 07:19 PM
Yes way better I would pay a bit more for the piece of mind
    05-13-2010, 12:07 PM
Let your horses be your guide. It doesn't sound like they are used very hard, so just watch things like overall health, body condition, hoof growth, and hair growth/shine. If you are using a commercial feed (it doesn't really matter which one of the options you mentioned, they are all good), don't add any supplements unless you have a specific concern, like Tiger's hoof issue. If you are worried about Gizmo developing problems, I think you should talk to your vet to see what (s)he recommends. My horses are on pasture, with supplemental grass/alfalfa when needed, and oats. I have one horse that I feed 10% sweet feed during periods of heavy activity. I also feed him and one of my mares Nu Image. He gets the supplement because he's a colored appaloosa, and it's hard to get that white hair to shine! My mare gets it because it helps her hooves.

This is just my opinion, take it for what it's worth.
    05-13-2010, 05:46 PM
Green Broke
You should also know how much each horse is eating by weight, not just "scoop". If you're feeding less than the recommended amount for their age, weight, and activity level, then you may want to add a vitamin supplement to their feed to make sure all of your bases are covered. Horsetech.com can custom blend you a supplement based on what you're feeding, so you don't over-do any key nutrients.
    05-15-2010, 09:02 PM
I used to use Seminole, it became hard to find around me , we had 3 feed stores that sold it then it went to one which was the one we rarely went to cause it's closed the hours the hubby and I work. I research who sold what and purina mills has a kick butt sit and for me seems to be what everyone sells besides off the wall brands. For me and my under weight rescued TB I went with purina it had the best of what I was looking for in a food. He's p.owner was using neutrina products.
From a vet tech point of view there is NOTHING wrong with purina foods.
Go to there site its got great in food and tell you everything you could want to know about each food they offer

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