Originally Posted by TwistedWire
Have you seen those commercials for Total cereal where they say "You'd have to eat 10 bowls of X cereal to get the nutrition in ONE bowl of Total?"
Ration Balancers are Total cereal.
They are formulated in 2 ways; one to be fed with alfalfa hay, and one to be fed with grass or grass/mix hay.
There's been such a movement to feed less concentrate or feed concentrates with lower starch, and RB's allow a person to do both.
I like that you can easily provide the core nutrients separately from that of the main calorie source (Hay, or senior feed, etc.).
As per a typical feed label, most feeds require a person to feed 6-10 pounds a day...but most people say "Well my horse gets fat or hot on 10 pounds, so she only needs 2 pounds." They say "She must be getting everything she needs."
Only problem is, she's not getting the required amounts of daily nutrients.
The next question they usually ask is "Can you sell me a hoof supplement? She's got cracking hooves." Or "Can you sell me a coat supplement? Her hair coat is dull."
Feed companies finally seemed to realize that people weren't following label directions and figured if they are only going to feed 1 or 2 pounds of something, they aughta supply an option where that actually works.
Buckeye makes Grow N Win.
Front Runner/Hubbard makes 30 or 10% Supplement.
Nutrena makes Empower.
Purina makes Enriched 32 or 12.
Progressive makes ProAd Grass Formula.
There are others, but just about every company has one.
I like the comparison to Total. It is very like that!
It is true that most companies now have them. If you have a brand that is sold in your region, you can call or email and ask for their RB and order it. Here in SC I use Seminole Equalizer, but there are also a few local feed companies that make RBs. Just make sure to compare labels as some feeds give you more bang for you buck. I can get 50 lbs of the local RB for nearly the same price as 40 lb of Equalizer, but nutritionally, Equalizer is actually cheaper because it packs more nutrients in 1 lb than the local company. Also, some brands like Nutrena also include pre/probiotics, so you don't have to add/buy extra top dressing.