+1.I stay away from all sweet feeds. Far too much sugar. I prefer a dry pellet.
Yeah, I see exactly what you're saying..My mare is worked/ridden about 5 or 6 days a week and my gelding is about 3 or so ( I get lazy with him)..but I like it alot because I do have performance horses and it works really well for them..and I didn't say anything about the hay in my last post but I completely agree with you..I don't think your feed is going to do any good if you don't have nice hay..See I think SafeChoice is too high in sugar/starch too. It's 20% sugar and starch where most sweet feed is 30-40%. I also have one choke prone horse so I can't feed pellets.
So I feed Triple Crown Senior. It's 11% sugar/starch, 17% fiber, 10% fat and 14% protein. It has too many calories for my adults so I cut it with TC's 30% supplement. They get what they need without too much sugar.
Having said all this, what you're "supposed" to do per Dr. Kellon the equine vet specializing in nutrition is have your hay tested and supplement to balance your hay and that's it. My hay source isn't consistent and well.... I'm lazy
ETA: My horses aren't in even moderate work though I do have a couple young ones. I have no idea really how to feed a horse that's worked hard.
seven7max- Seminole offers way better feeds than that one. Tell us a little about your horse and we can help you pick the right Seminole feed for you if you wish to stick with that brand. I personally use Wellness Compete Safe.
SafeChoice has just as much sugar in the form of starch as sweet feed. You're not really helping your horse's diet much with that mix, besides throwing the nutritent balance out of whack.I don't like straight sweet feed at ALL...I use Nutrena Safe Choice which is a dry pellet and mix in Purina Omolene 200 that is an all grain feed (kinda like a sweet feed but ALOT btter) for my barrel horse..my other horse is 21 and he gets Nutrena Life Design Senior..I just don't think sweet feeds cut it..I wouldn't recommend it to anyone..and you definitly get what you pay for..Cheap prices mean cheap feed..Just my opinion..
Alrighty. This sounds like a good idea. luvs2ride1979 Thanks for the help.If you feed grass hay/pasture, I would feed Seminole's Equalizer, which is a ration balancer. You only feed 1-2 lbs a day per horse.
Seminole Equalizer - Ration Balancer for horses
For the horses that need added calories, add to their feed alfalfa pellets or shredded beet pulp, 2-4 lbs a day, and a fat source like flax meal or other flax-based fat supplement product. I really like Standlee Alfalfa or Alfalfa/Timothy hay pellets. My tractor supply carries them in 40 lbs bags for $7.99/10.99 respectively. They're very affordable to feed. And, if you buy 20 bags of feed at a time, you get a 5% discount. You can mix and match different feeds, even dog/cat food ;-).