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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2020, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have two 18 year old quarter horses that are in good health and condition. One has been on Tribute Kalm Ultra and the other I just got has been on Omelene 200. I was hoping to find a feed that was similar to both of these I could feed both horses and not be as expensive as these $20+ bags of feed. They are both pretty easy keepers. Both horses are getting worked regularly and are actively rodeoing (roping and goat tying). Any input is appreciated, thank you!
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-23-2020, 12:53 AM
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JMO, I would take your horses off the Omolene 200. It's around 40 NSC, it's an ulcer/hot mess waiting to happen. Never fed Tribute Feeds, so I can't really put an input.

I'm currently feeding Strategy GX to both of my competition horses. I feed at a rate of 4 lbs per each horse. It's an all around feed and usually cost less than $20.

Of course, a ration balancer can also be an option. They usually cost $30+, but last about a month for 2 horses.

What's your forage situation like? Any supplements that are being added?
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When she was 30 I switched the first and greatest of all my horses from expensive and molasses covered old horse food to Purina Horse Chow 200. It was a complete feed and about $10 a bag at the time. I went for an already ground up pellet because at 30 there is not much tooth left to float. Her gauntness left her, her top line rose up and she became as as shiny as a Hershy bar. She lived to be 40 and was still ridable (just walking around). It was just a dry pellet with no molasses, formulated highere energy for nursing marea and broodmares. I don't know it Purina makes it anymore but I wish they did.
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JMO, I would take your horses off the Omolene 200. It's around 40 NSC, it's an ulcer/hot mess waiting to happen. Never fed Tribute Feeds, so I can't really put an input.

I'm currently feeding Strategy GX to both of my competition horses. I feed at a rate of 4 lbs per each horse. It's an all around feed and usually cost less than $20.

Of course, a ration balancer can also be an option. They usually cost $30+, but last about a month for 2 horses.

What's your forage situation like? Any supplements that are being added?
Ok thank you so much for the info!


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Try taking them off of feed altogether. A good vitamin/mineral mix to top dress some hay pellets should be fine. 1.5 to 2 lbs of hay/forage for each.

I use California Trace plus, Each of my three horses get 4oz each day.

There are many vitamin/mineral mixes out that you can choose from to suite your horses needs and your pocket.

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Agree with Kiera Cloudhawk.

A ration balancer should only require one pound daily per horse, for the horse to receive the nutritional value stated on the bag. However, ration balancers are not that great at keeping NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) down if your horses are easy keepers.

If your horses donít lose weight thru the winter, something else to consider is a condensed vitamin/mineral supplement and feed it in straight timothy pellets. That will really slice the calories and NSC% back:):)

A condensed supplement only requires a few ounces per horse daily and a 40# bag of Standlee Timothy pellets is around $20 BUT lasts my two horses ~3 months; they each get 3/4 measuring cup 2X/day to get their supplements in them. I add a bit of water so they canít blow anything out:)

I know feed stores and Tractor Supply carry a condensed complete vit/min supplement but Iím not up-tp-speed on them because I order mine from HorseTech.

They are expensive up front but you need to read the ingredients to be sure it has the all important amino acids and read how many ounces per day a horse should receive.

Then divide the dollar amount by the number of ounces in the bag and times that by the amount needed to feed one horse.

For example my Horse Tech supplement costs $160 for a 35# bucket. Each horse requires three ounces daily to receive the nutritional value listed on the guaranteed analysis. That comes out to 87 cents per day per horse or ~$26/month per horse. Itís on the pricey side but it is soy-free and no added iron, which is what both of my horses benefit greatly from:)

It is important to read labels to be sure your horses are getting ďvalue receivedĒ for the cost. Cheap or expensive does not always equate to quality:)

I hope this helps with your decision:)

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Do horses eat grass? If so, do they eat any kind of grass or a specific grass type?

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Do horses eat grass? If so, do they eat any kind of grass or a specific grass type?
Welcome to the forum Sabrina...

So your questions not get lose, buried in someone else's thread start your own when you have a question such as you asked...
I will answer your question because I saw it...hopefully others will see and make a comment without taking attention away from the original thread topic...
Horses eat grass, yes.
Hay is long dry grass.
Horses are picky-eaters in reality and will not eat just anything because it is "green"...
They indeed like specific kinds of grass most and some they will never eat.
Horses instinctively know what grass tastes best, what type their body needs and requires...hence they grazing animals that do best when they have roaming space to travel and graze on.
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