Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
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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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.