Help me choose a complete pellet...
Ok I hate to do this since I know there are probably a million threads...but I need some help
I have tried my hardest to research this, but I just simply dont have the knowledge to know what I am reading.
I am moving my horse out to my house from my current barn in about a month. She is currently fed a complete pelleted feed and she has been doing really well on it. I dont know much about it at all, so I apologize. I want to keep her on something similar, but not spend a fortune.
This is what I know about the feed:
-It's locally milled (local to Ft. Worth)
-It's called Excel
-It's 14% protein
-It's 6% fat
-She is being fed 8lbs. daily (doesnt this seem like a lot?)
I want to find a replacement feed that is near to me (Lewisville, TX 75067) and here are some requirements:
-I like the pelleted feeds, they are easy and store well
-I would like to keep the same protein/fat ratio or very similar
-I would like to be able to feed her a bit less daily if feasible?
-I would like to keep the cost under $18/bag
Info about the horse:
-5 year old TB mare
-In moderate work 4-5 times weekly
-She came to me ribby, but I think that was due to lack of nutrition/worms. She has filled out nicely in the last 3 months on the feed that I described above.
-I feed her a joint supplement, tri-amino and flaxseed daily
Can you get Blue Seal out your way, DS? I like Blue Seal Trotter. It's a grass based, not a grain based pellet.
8 pounds per day feeding isn't a lot for a TB, although JJ only gets 6 pounds a day. He's a tank though, and looks more like an Appendix than a full blooded TB.
What do you think of Triple Crown feeds? I was kinda liking the looks of the TC Low Starch feed...thoughts?
Triple Crown is an excellent feed. It's my second choice behind Blue Seal. :D
If you have Southern States around you, they have feeds under the names of Legend and Reliance. If I can't get Trotter, I'll buy Reliance and jazz it up with some hay stretcher.
I think I may try the TC Low Starch to start out and see how she does on that. I have heard good things about it and I think I can start her on 6lbs. (it's their recommended amount) daily which is a little less than she is getting now and see how she does. :D
TC Low Starch is a great feed.
Instead of starting her out on 6 pounds, you might want to start her with the amount she's currently getting, and lower her rations over a period of time.
JJ only gets 6 pounds a day, but then, he's a fat blob of an easy keeper and has a slow metabolism. Kinda like his owner..... :oops: :wink:
Good suggestion on the slowly cutting back if necessary.
Always start with her hay. Is she eating all she can? Hay has to get over $350/ton for alternative forage products to be more cost effective. Increase the quality and quantity of hay first. 8# per day of a complete feed is not overdoing it because it contains a large portion of forage and fiber. Cost out the products. TC around here is running $24 ($.48/#). A 6# portion will cost $2.88. 8# of the other product cost the exact same (8x .36).
Thank you LHP! She does get pretty much free choice hay. She always has access to hay when not pastured currently. When she moves out to my house she will be pastured pretty much 24/7 unless I need to stall her for whatever reason. I will probably start her on 2-3 flakes of hay morning and night. She will now have to share with another horse so anymore than that won't get eaten by her I'm sure
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