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post #1 of 16 Old 07-06-2020, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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https://proelitehorsefeed.com/product/grass-advantage/
https://proelitehorsefeed.com/produc...ine-advantage/
https://www.purinamills.com/horse-fe...ing-horse-feed

I am working my easy-keeper about two-three hours almost every day. Which feed is best?
Thanks, I'm not a nutrition guru.

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So, these are not "feed" but ration balancer for a horse who does so well eating pasture and hay they don't need feed but do need vitamin and minerals daily.


From what I read...
Just in sugar/starch numbers alone would steer me away from Purina.
Both of the others are comparable in amount needing fed but think the Topline Advantage has more dense a nutrient base and offers more punch per serving.
Based on a 1,000 pound horse you need to feed 8 - 12 ounces daily...
My bigger question would be is it palatable that the horse will like the taste and want to eat it....
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So, these are not "feed" but ration balancer for a horse who does so well eating pasture and hay they don't need feed but do need vitamin and minerals daily.
Right. I just use "feed" as layman's slang.


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From what I read...
Just in sugar/starch numbers alone would steer me away from Purina.
Both of the others are comparable in amount needing fed but think the Topline Advantage has more dense a nutrient base and offers more punch per serving.
Based on a 1,000 pound horse you need to feed 8 - 12 ounces daily...
My bigger question would be is it palatable that the horse will like the taste and want to eat it....
Thanks.
She is currently getting the Grass Advantage.
That's what I thought - that Topline Advantage has more "bang for the buck", if you know what I mean.
I don't know if my horse will eat it. I do know that she's not a picky eater, though - that's for sure. She is an absolute foodie. I think that she is more concerned with texture because she refuses anything soft, like banana's, applesauce, or her regular soaked food.
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At two pounds a day and you can split that if you have a concern, the Purina is not high sugar or starch from what I ve read.

The middle used to be Pro Add Ultimate. I have a hard time getting it around here but there was a time I used it for my several of mine. I really like it. It did enough better than the Nutrena Topline that it was worth the added cost.

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At two pounds a day and you can split that if you have a concern, the Purina is not high sugar or starch from what I ve read.
Do you know the NSC %? I've looked but I can't find it.
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The proelite horse feeds have 700 ppm iron added. Wouldn't feed either, horses don't need added iron in diets.

Doesn't look like the enrich plus has added iron not in the guaranteed analysis. Looks like it in ingredient list but way down in list ,so minimal amount. It's 15%nsc so not that high.
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The proelite horse feeds have 700 ppm iron added. Wouldn't feed either, horses don't need added iron in diets.
How much iron does a horse need?
https://feedxl.com/iron-for-horses/
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From the Purina link you gave...
Starch MAX
5.00 %

Sugars MAX
10.00 %

Then I read less than 10% but can find nothing that states exactly what the NSC is for this or actually for most any ration balancer product.
You can call the Purina 800 number and ask their nutritionists and they would verbally give it to you, that I am positive of..
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From the Purina link you gave...
Starch MAX
5.00 %

Sugars MAX
10.00 %
So that means NSC is 15%. Which, if the horse isn't IR, if the quantity is not large, shouldn't be an issue. I don't like Purina feeds as a rule, but on that note, I'd be OK with it as a 'ration balancer', for most horses.

But I haven't looked at the links/particular prods OP, as it depends what your horse is getting in their basic diet(have you done a hay/grazing analysis?) as to what they might need extra. And 'ration balancers' tend to have a broad range of 'might need' ingreds & amounts, as they're a generic thing, so may not be suitable for your horse, or you might need to add other stuff anyway. And Rambo's comment about iron levels is extremely important too - not just iron levels that can be problematic in excess.

So I'd be doing a diet analysis first & foremost, so you can work out what your horse is already getting, before considering which products may add what she needs extra of. FeedXL.com is one great program for working that out, including what options are available & appropriate in your neck of the woods.
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Here's the tag from Purina enrich plus. Took it off a bag at fleet farm. Don't feed it I've steered away from all bagged feeds.

Might consider it if I didn't own current horse. His diet requires a higher fat, 4000iu vitamin E. No iron no molasses no soy no cereal grains. Actually I've saved money by going commercial feed free.
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