Purina vs Nutrena
I was using Triple Crown products but my supplier has gone out of business. I started using a gentlemen down the road (ADM is his product) and I'm not liking it very much. Boothe feeds has gone out of business so that leaves tractor supply. I called them and they cary nutrena, purina, and dumar I think. Leaning towards Nutrena.
I will keep an eye on this post. I have 2 feed stores and a tractor supply by me. One feed place USE to sell Nutrena and stopped, and the other one was always Purina ONLY. Tractor supply is the only place left for me to buy Nutrena Safechoice. I love it, but i dont have anything negative to say about Purina products. I even had my local feed store do some research about what would be purina's equivalent so i could stop going from 1 place to another for hay vs. feed.
I have had good luck with Safechoice and Empower.
I've always used purina. As a teen, the show barn where I worked used all purina products for show horses, lesson horse's, foals and mares, stallions, and senior horses.
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We have fed Nutrena with excellent results and customer service for nearly 20 years.
We did feed Purina at one time. At one point they changed the formulation and the horses stopped eating it. We contacted a rep and were basically told 'deal with it'. No more purina for our farm.
I have fed both and had equally good results with both. When I lived in one city, it was easier to get Nutrena. When I moved, Purina was easier to get. Plus, one of my horses need a low starch feed and Purina is the only one out here that sells one.
I hate to admit it but I don't understand the %'s and what not. My oldest horse Pistol, who was also my first horse grew up on whatever was cheapest. Man I miss that old silver horse at $4.95 per bag! As he got older we started to have issues with his digestive system so I had him on Purina's equine senior and he just does not thrive on that. He was doing really, really well on the Triple Crowne Senior and right now he seems to be doing ok on the Nutrena senior feed.
For my other horses (all easy keepers) I'm just looking for something that will maintain the health. It looks like 12% is the lowest I can go on protein and generally speaking I'd be around 14% for most products. I'm not against using Purina products for the younger ones (who range between 5 and 17).
What should I look for in fat content?
We are using Nutrena Compete swapping from Purina Strategy. I don't have a problem with the Strategy, but it was a matter of convienance. Around here sweet feed is the thing, so I have a time finding what I want.
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However, if they are all easy keepers on good grass and good hay, I would look at Nutrena Empower Balance...its a ration balancer, so you have to feed, for a normal size horse, between one and two pounds a day and its comparable to between 6 and 7 pounds of any other feed. It is VERY low in fat, but thats why it is designed for easy keepers. Its not usually carried in store in any TSC, but if you buy in bulk (its 27 dollars a bag for a 50# bag, but obviously feeding only 1 pound a day per horse it would last awhile) they might be willing to get it for you.
As far as percentages......basically its a percentage of the recommended amount of nutrients based on your horses level of activity. I just went through this with PeggySue trying to figure out if I was deficient in protien for my gelding. As it turns out I'm not, but he's super deficient in fat, so I'm getting him a fat supplement. She can give you some links if you PM her for some equations and tables and stuff, if you want to do the math for your horses.
She's actually the one that turned me onto Triple Crowne...
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