will someone please fill me in on the Ration Balancers?
 
 

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    11-04-2011, 11:54 PM
  #1
Weanling
will someone please fill me in on the Ration Balancers?

Hello all,
I've recently seen alot of talk on the Forum about Ration Balancers.

I'd like to know more about them, what are the name brands, is one better than others, how do you use them and why... basically I just would like to be
"educated" to what they are and their uses.

I feed several hard keeping Thoroughbreds that may be able to benefit
From adding the ration balancers to their diet :)

Also I've never seen these in any of the feed stores in my area. Is it a special order thing? Or are they there I just never knew?

Thanks for the info ;)
     
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    11-05-2011, 11:03 AM
  #2
Foal
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.
     
    11-05-2011, 08:49 PM
  #3
Weanling
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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.

Good luck!
     
    11-06-2011, 01:13 AM
  #4
Foal
I have been talking about these the last few days and haven't been really sure about them...so this is really really helpful!
     
    11-06-2011, 01:52 AM
  #5
Started
If you're not into feeding much 'extra' beyond good hay or pasture in good quantity, ration balancers are the way to go. Just go into the feed store prepared- sometimes the clerks will look at you like you're nuts and tell you they have no idea what you're talking about. But then if you ask if they carry, say Enrich32, they certainly do and it's $xx/bag. You have to be educated and know what you're looking for in some places- usually the feeding instructions are the give-away. If the bag says 1-2 lbs for a 1000lb horse, it's probably a ration balancer rather a complete feed, sweet feed, or other product.
     
    11-06-2011, 01:00 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks SO much!! I went into the feed store today (the BIG feed store several towns away) and the owner was there also staff that have been there for YEARS. So I say "hey have you got some Ration Balancer" and they are like "HUH? What that?" and I say "I think it's supposed to be a really concentrated feed that you have to feed a lot less to the horses and it's supposed to be "complete" with all the vitamins etc... " "NO we don't have that, never heard of it... bring in the brand names and well order it for you tho."
     
    11-06-2011, 08:41 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sharpie    
If you're not into feeding much 'extra' beyond good hay or pasture in good quantity, ration balancers are the way to go. Just go into the feed store prepared- sometimes the clerks will look at you like you're nuts and tell you they have no idea what you're talking about. But then if you ask if they carry, say Enrich32, they certainly do and it's $xx/bag. You have to be educated and know what you're looking for in some places- usually the feeding instructions are the give-away. If the bag says 1-2 lbs for a 1000lb horse, it's probably a ration balancer rather a complete feed, sweet feed, or other product.

Absolutely!!! The staff will either simply not know, or they've been brainwashed by feed companies to sell XX product.

I have a friend who asked me for feeding advice, so I told her to feed X mixed with Y and explained the reasons...and I told her to be prepared for the salespeople to try to talk her into Z feed because of whatever :p

I said Don't listen!!! LOL
     
    11-06-2011, 09:00 AM
  #8
Weanling
It's true a lot of feed stores don't know. Our feed store here is amazing and Buddy, the owner, didn't know about them, either. On his Seminole order form, he showed me the Equalizer. I told him that was the RB and I would like to order it, and he was happy to do so. For the first few months I had to call him to order a new bag, and then, just last month, when I called he said, "We have it in stock because I have a few other customers using it." I was very excited! If you can educate the feed store on the product, they will, in turn, educate other owners and then other horses will be benefitting from the low starch, high nutrient feed. I would suggest looking at the brands your feed store carries and then look at the RBs from those companies and make your decision. It's a lot easier for the feed store to order from the brands they already carry than use a brand they don't carry.
     

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