I have never seen nor heard of "Strategy AX" by me...I forgot about Strategy Healthy Edge!
So unless they discontinued them, there are three versions of Strategy:
Strategy AX (for feeding with straight alfalfa hay)
Strategy GX (for feeding with grass hay)
Strategy Healthy Edge
I've actually fed all three of those, but it's been some years ago.
You would think not Smilie, but when you questioned that I went doing some research just like you did and found quite a few interesting charts and comparisons from many feed companies and different kinds of foods available... shared below.I would not consider a feed with just 6% fat, being a high calorie dense food
Purina makes a Ration Balancer called Enrich Plus (32% protein & 5% fat). It ends up being less expensive to feed than just about any other QUALITY feed because you only feed 1 or 2 pounds per day. I use it and Strategy GX (14% protein & 6% fat), when I was in CA & AZ we fed the AX version. If you just want to add fat without a whole lot of other things, you can buy Amplify in 50 lb bags (14% protein & 30% fat). There's also Ultium Competition formula (11.7 Protein & 12.4 fat). Decide what she needs, either the amino acids to help top line, overall weight (fat), muscle, all of the above, coat enhancement and then you can figure out what will best meet your needs.I have a hard keeper and it was recommended I go with a feed that was high fat. I don't like to feed straight grain, I'd rather feed something in pelleted form.
She gets 20 lbs of hay, so i was really just looking for a ration balancer. And everyone other places likes Strategy (white bag) so I figured i'd give it a shot.
It's probably just something sold in the Southwest USA because alfalfa hay is the "norm" here. You actually have to pay more for grass hay and most owners just feed alfalfa and are none the wiser. I've been feeding both grass and alfalfa hay (no pasture here either!) and sometimes people at the feed store ask me what I am feeding the grass hay too. Like they aren't sure why anyone would buy it when you can get alfalfa for less. So yes, I'm sure other parts of the country have no use for Strategy AX but out here, most people feed alfalfa.I have never seen nor heard of "Strategy AX" by me...
It exists, there is a "listing" for it but it is not a common feed sold...and I only saw it on some actual store websites, not from Purina website.
I'm wondering if it is a more "location destination feed source" as some areas of the country just don't get everything in the extensive line of foods offered.. :think:
I went looking and found it to be a protein level of 16%.
Fat and fiber amounts which most "regular" owners/riders and barns need were ridiculous low.
Few, truly few horses really require 16% protein...
Most average, and most of us are in the just average or below work situation, need no more than 14% and do well with 12% protein, truth.
Most of us have horses that do well not being fed a rich diet of alfalfa hay which is why special feed is needed with specific nutrient levels to offset the amounts ingested with alfalfa hays.
As with everything, investigative work needs to be done to choose feed that is easily purchased, abundant and complimentary to what other roughage are location fed and used by many so fresh shipments are common.
I'm sorry...I don't see the issue of feeding a daily total of 7 pounds of senior feed broken into 2 meals...Right now she recieves 2 lbs rice bran and 4 lbs of the nutrena senior. That's split into 2 meals: 1lb rice bran and 2 lbs senior fed at 12pm and 5pm. She's in amazing weight right now. Doesn't need to gain a pound, just needs to maintain.
I'm looking for vitamins and minerals to add to her 20 lbs of hay. I am not feeding enough senior for it to be of any benefit to her nutritionally. The bag recommends at least 7 lbs a day for a horse in her weight and work schedule. I simply don't feel comfortable feeding her that much, and my feed bills go up so I was hoping for a compromise with Purina Strategy.
Thank you sir! I've already started the transition, so hopefully she likes it! Do you have a recommended amount for 20 lbs of grass hay?At your old barn your horse was not being fed enough hay at 10 pounds a day and being actively ridden.
A minimum of 1.5 % pounds needs fed based on her weight what she must have to survive...to thrive she needs more like 2% = the 20 pounds. This is based on the 1000 pound horse and yours weighs more..
Now that she is fed more and sounds like a better quality of hay too...adds up to her looking now as she does.
Me, I would ditch the Nutrena feed and get into something with better NSC numbers...or at least try it and see how she does with a different diet.
Every horse is as individual as we humans are in how our body responds to food...till you give it a go, no knowing what the outcome shall be.
I would also do away with the rice bran for now...
You won't know if she is doing well on being fed the Strategy if you are adding this or that.
Take pictures and measurements and keep a documented "diary" of her for the next 60 days as she completes a total changeover, works and exercises during the winter months.
By documenting with measurements and pictures you will see changes of good or bad or maintain of what you have...baseline information.
Once you though have her on just whatever it is you decide to go with if she needs "more" then add rice bran.
Document, document, document all...
Realize though that feeding the correct amount of say Strategy is how the nutritional daily numbers are achieved...adding in this or that can also throw off those ratio numbers and create a unbalance of nutrients. :|
So yes, I would switch her.
Make note of any changes in temperament, work ethic, attitude...anything and everything.