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post #1 of 32 Old 10-31-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question What your Po-neigh eats and Nutrena questions.

Haha Po-neigh! Get it??? Yeah enough of my lame jokes.
So where I started boarding my horse the tack shop on the lot sells Nutrena feed, I would like to support the tack shop.

So I was wondering what kind of feed you feed and the Rants and Raves about it.

Especially about Nutrena.

Note: Yes I know every horse is different. Yes I know every horse needs different things. But I want to know your opinion on your feed and why you love it!

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post #2 of 32 Old 10-31-2012, 04:31 PM
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All we feed ours is grass/hay, beet pulp, and just a little sweet feed. The sweet feed has mineral pellets in it. The beet pulp is rolled or pellets. You only have to soak th beet pulp for 1/2 hour using hot water, which also gives them a warm meal in winter. You can never feed too much beet pulp since it is a forage not like grain. It won't cause colic or founder. The only thing bad is if your horse inhales its food ad you feed the longer shredded type. That could cause choke.
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My mare is on SafeChoice, as that's what the rescue had her on. I've only had her for 3 weeks, so no commentary on how well it does the job.
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I all in all like the Nutrena feeds, especially the Life Design line. If you go to my album "critter", the before and after pic of my Snipper will tell you why

Im currently giving Purina, because my TSC here in town is not very cooperative. But I have found another dealer so once the Purina is finished back to Nutrena we go! This time the Empower Balance
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I initially used SafeChoice and liked it very much as a regular feed, but my boy is a super easy keeper, so I switched to a ration balancer.
The store I normally buy from does not carry Nutrena so I tried the R.B.s that they had. Like them very much, but decided to switch over to the Empower Balance and I love the stuff.
I go a little out of my way to get it, but one bag lasts a long time.
Like the other RBs I only give a cup (bakers measuring cup) per feeding along with his flaxseed and hoof supp.
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I used to feed a sweetfeed, Sentinal, and crimped oats mix. (like all three mixed.) And that help Kelo come back and gain weight after his practically emaciated state. I tried a million things but that seemed like the best thing for him at a healthy gain and the crimped oats were supposed to help build muscle. It seemed to work. Has anybody else heard that statement?

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I also was wondering about some of the nutrena products,so am interested also what people have to say.I was looking at trying the Empower brand by nutrena,was wondering if anyone has tried it & what they thought? It is more a supplement rather than a complete feed.
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I also was wondering about some of the nutrena products,so am interested also what people have to say.I was looking at trying the Empower brand by nutrena,was wondering if anyone has tried it & what they thought? It is more a supplement rather than a complete feed.
I'm an Empower user.
Have you heard of FeedXL? It is the nutrition site that runs your horses nutritional data, age, breed, and usage level and tells you where you need to fix imbalances.
I joined last week, ran my feed program (Empower Balance, HorseShoer's Secret, and flaxseed) and my horse scored perfect for all his nutritional needs being met.
I am impressed with the Empower and plan to keep my horse on it, although I like some of the other Nutrena feeds too.
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Nutrena is no longer a fixed formula feed, which means each batch could have entirely different ingredients. We are switching back to Blue Seal feeds at our barn.
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post #10 of 32 Old 11-01-2012, 09:16 AM
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Ick, I hate any complete feeds. I feed beet pulp crumbles without molasses and rice bran with her supplements all mixed in.
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