Carb-Guard Compared to Other Feeds?
Hey there guys and gals, quick question, I hope.
As some of you might know, I am getting my first horse tomorrow. I am trying to locate the same exact brand and type of grain that she is currently on. It's Blue Seal's Carb Guard. Sadly, after calling 15 some locations within a hour drive of me, no one carries this brand and type. Since the owner lives in another state, I assume its easier for her to access it then it is for me. Sadly, I don't have the means to drive all the way to New Jersey for grain and ordering it would pose a problem since she comes home tomorrow. I was comparing Triple Crown which has the same crude protein and the same crude fat content. But in Carb Guard the crude fiber is 25% and in Triple Crown the crude fiber is 18%. I was reading that too much crude fiber can cause major problems with colic. But if she goes on Triple Crown and I lower the crude fiber content by 7% is that going to cause major issues with her gut? My friend that I am boarding with currently feeds her horses Legends Show & Pleasure pelleted. But that only has 11% crude protein, 6% crude fat and 12% crude fiber.
My question is, since I cannot get my sweet little hands on some Carb-Guard what can I do from here? Would there be too many risks with Triple Crown or is there a grain with more of a likeness to Carb-Guard?
All horses are different but none of mine were very keen on Carb Guard which is unusual as they are not picky eaters
I now feed the Triple Crown low starch pellets added to Triple Crown Safe Starch forage with a handful of soaked sugar beet (no added molasses)
They all like it, all look well and no problems at all with digestive issues
Any feed can cause colic if changed too fast. Matching the protein/fat/fiber content won't change that, as it doesn't tell you anything about the ingredients used to get that content, the quality of the protein, whether the fiber is digestible or indigestible, etc.
Instead of trying to match the percentages, take the opportunity to pick a feed that matches your horse. Is she an easy keeper? A hard keeper? Does she have any health issues (IR, Cushings, etc.) that require her to be on a very low carb feed?
I do like the Triple Crown line of feeds, and think picking one of their feeds would be a good route to go.
I honestly don't think that the difference in crude fiber between the two is going to make a lot of difference but as Verona says - always introduce a change gradually and start off by adding some of your TC pellets to the Carb Guard and increase a bit at a time.
Thank you for the information ladies. I figured that like most animals, it would be good to mix the two and introduce the new one slowly to prevent problems. Thanks again :) I think I am going to go with Triple Crown Low Starch Pelleted for Dixie.
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