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2horses 08-27-2013 03:26 PM

Best Feed Choice at Tractor Supply
 
Now that my local feed store closed down, my only supplier is Tractor Supply. I'm wondering what people think is the best option for my three horses. They need more than my pasture supplies, and I can only buy grass hay in my area. I have them on the ADM minerals, which also has vitamins, but they need more protein and fat. Tractor Supply carries Purina, Nutrena, Dumor, alfalfa pellets and oats. What do you think is the best option?

walkinthewalk 08-27-2013 03:59 PM

ADM minerals means a couple of different things. If what you're feeding is a vitamin/mineral supplement, there's no need to double up by feeding a ration balancer or a regular feed.

I would rather see the horse continue the ADM vit/min supplement mixed in a feed pan of soaked timothy/alfalfa cubes or straight alfalfa cubes, depending on the horse.

Less is often more and it can often do more harm than good by feeding a separate vit/min supplement along with a bag of feed that has them added in:-)

Critter sitter 08-27-2013 04:02 PM

I feed Nutrena I am very happy with it. and it is on sale till the end of the month too

deserthorsewoman 08-27-2013 04:10 PM

To give you detailed advice we need to know what your horses do for a living.
For maintenance, what you're currently feeding, maybe adding alfalfa pellets, or beetpulp, as WTW suggested, maybe adding either Omega Horseshine or the Dumor equivalent to it, should be enough. The Horseshine adds fat, alfalfa pellets would add protein.

2horses 08-27-2013 05:32 PM

Thanks for the advice. To answer some questions, it is the ADM vitamin/mineral. All of the horses are at ideal weight now, but I would love to see more muscle on them. (I know that takes exercise.) Two of them are in light work. One gets no work.

Joe4d 08-27-2013 06:32 PM

you cant feed muscle on them.

Endiku 08-27-2013 08:52 PM

^ No, but you can feed the right diet to 'help' as you work muscle into them by providing the right amino acids, fats, etc.,

2horses, I get my feed at TSC and I don't really like their brand (stockmans choice) of alfalfa cubes. Buy the Standlee brand. TSC just started carrying some new Nutrena products too, so its worth a look.

2horses 08-28-2013 01:46 PM

Thank you for answering my question, Endiku. I love it when people on the Horse Forum give helpful advice.

loosie 08-28-2013 03:00 PM

If they're ideal weight now, it's not more feed they need, but more exercise, to build muscle, but sounds like that's not the 'helpful advice' you want to hear.
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spirit88 08-28-2013 03:59 PM

If you want muscle on them then ride the snot out of them 6 days a week. Lots of trotting and cantering plus hill work that puts muscle on them not more feed.

We ride 6 days a week and our horses are muscled and lean no special feed being fed. When i say we ride its 4 to 5 hours and horses come back dripping wet with sweat. If their not sweating their not working hard enough.


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