Alrighty, I went out to buy feed after school this afternoon and I'm kind of proud of myself xD I'm sort of the 'extreme couponer' of the horse feed world, so I had a boat load of coupons for my feed today. The result? I got $150 worth of feed for Sour and Kenzie (which typically pays for one months worth ._. I feel like I'm selling away part of my body every time I hand over the money for feed) for....drum roll please...$120! Doesn't sound like a lot, but hey I'll take it >
I was able to get a $4 off coupon on Kenzie's Nutrena feed for taking a survey, $20 off (one bag free) of Sour's feed for buying it in bulk (3 bags, 4th free), $3 off of my alfalfa pellets, and $3 off of a wormer. SUCESS. And since I got bulk of Sour's feed, she's set for like...the next quarter xD she only eats about half pound of feed a day.
I'm pretty annoyed with TSC right now though. Well...actually Nutrena. Or both. Apparently Nutrena Life Cycle Mare and Foal is being discontinued and Nutrena is replacing the life cycle feeds with "Safe Choice" feeds. When I went to ask where the M&F had been moved to, they said they no longer stocked it and pointed out one of the new Safe Choice Formulas that is supposedly the exact same thing. I even had the manager come assure me that it was the same feed and that if I went and fed my colic prone yearling 2 lbs of it today she'd be fine. I asked them for a breakdown of the nutritional information in it but they pretty much told me that I could get it online (I have no smart phone and couldn't check at that moment) so I needed to do that, and that they didn't have the information on mare and foal anymore. So I had no way of knowing whether or not the feed was the same or not. Since they told me they had the same ingredients (with the only exception being that there is now pre and probiotics in the feed and less starch for at risk horses) I went ahead and bought two bags because I refuse to leave empty handed after a 1 1/2 hour drive to the store.
Well, they aren't the same. It would appear that this new feed has LESS of all of the vitamins, minerals,fat and protein. This feed has 14% Protein, only 7% Fat... my Mare and Foal feed had 6% fat, 14% Protein. I don't think its going to be a huge deal considering that I feed a supplement with all of those minerals and more in it and she gets plenty of hay, but I'm still pretty bummed and I'm really not sure whether I should keep her on this feed (the good thing is that its $2 cheaper) or move her on to something else. My only other options though are other Safe Choice formulas (senior, prime, maintenance, or perform), DuMor pleasure horse feed, or Omleen 300.
I guess my biggest worry with this feed (its Safe Choice Special Care
by the way) is that it says its for easy keepers which Kenzie definitely is NOT, but I'm not really too sure. I'm still pretty new to this whole complicated nutrition thing xD Do you guys think it will be ok to feed this like I was with her old feed, or do I need to slowly introduce it as a precaution? I still have about 20 lbs of mare and foal left (about a weeks worth) so I can if need be.
Anyways, I did decide to just go ahead and invest in my own bag of rice bran since even if Kenzie won't eat it, ten to one I can find someone else who will buy it off of me since a lot of my friends use it. I paid a little extra for the pellets but IMO its worth it since SOMEONE likes to shove feed out of her bucket and eat it off the ground, causing her to not get any of the powders I give her. How much do you guys think I ought to be giving her? Obviously I have to work her up to the full amount but how much in the end? Half of a pound? Three fourths?
I did decide against the BOSS for now though. There were a bunch of ingredients that I didn't know on the package of them and the last thing I need to do is poison poor Kenzie or something!