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    09-04-2013, 12:11 AM
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Foal
Horse feed balancer

Has anyone ever use a horse feed balancer? I read on internet that it is great for your horse and there are many brands but I notice you can only purchase it in th UK. Or aleast all the brands I seen.
My horse is in a nice stable but the only problem is there is not much grass and was looking for something that has all the vitamins and supplements she needs.
     
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    09-04-2013, 10:35 AM
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Yearling
Feed balancer? Like nutritional supplements?
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    09-04-2013, 11:26 AM
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Foal
I started using a feed balancer 10 months ago on the recommendation of my vet. I had a malnourished yearling rescue and it has helped transform him back to health. It comes as small high protein pellets packed with vitamins and minerals, which can be added to feed as you would an ordinary supplement or given alongside forage. My yearling had never seen horse feed before and refused to eat pretty much anything we tried, but he found the feed balancer extremely palatable. The vet saw him last week for the first time in months and said he should have been used for the product's "before" and "after" advertisement. I feed ordinary powdered vit/min supplements to the others but am considering changing them all onto a feed balancer instead.
     
    09-04-2013, 11:59 AM
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Green Broke
I think you're talking about the same thing as what we call a ration balancer in the U.S. I feed my horse a ration balancer and he does very well on it. He's a easy keeper, so I wouldn't be able to feed him the full ration of a "regular" horse feed without him getting fat. With the ration balancer, he gets all the protein, vitamins, and minerals he needs without the extra calories
     
    09-05-2013, 07:21 AM
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Started
Ration balancers are great for horses that are easy keepers or for those with access to adequate forage. However, they aren't for every horse and some may need the extra calories/ fat/ feed stuffs that are available in feeds that are on the market. Your best bet is to consult your vet and a nutritionist on what feed is best for your horse
     

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