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I feed my two horses Nutrena Safe Choice. My 19 year old mare gets 4-5 pounds a day and my 4 year old pony gets just a sprinkle. For the last two years I struggled to find a feed that would keep weight on my mare, keep her coat/skin/feet good, keep her from getting "hot" and one that would get rid of her dihreaha. Then Safe Choice came along, my savoir! Candy has been on it for about a year and is doing terrific! 28$ a month for feed and both of my horses can eat it!--Candy and Moe also get Empower Balance but a bag lasts a long time.

I've been hearing a lot about Nutrena Safe Choice lately. Good and bad. So I just want to open this topic up to discussion about your experiences and knowlege of this product.

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I never did like it. It made my mare act weird. It was making her drop weight The more we gave her the more she lost. Also it made her "see things"

I now feed simonol feed and LOVE it!

I do know plenty of people that do use it an love it, its just not for me or my mare.
 

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I used to have, literally, 4 different feeds for 6 horses. For my 2 thoroughbreds I used Nutrena Prime, for my senior I used Nutrena Senior, for our colt I used Foal Starter, and for Moma and Baby I used Mare and Foal. TSC had a major sale on Safe Choice though so I thought I would try it (I bought 20 bags....) and I can't see a change in anyone. It seems to work and be a good feed for us. Now we have....ONE feed rather than FOUR feeds!
 

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My horse gets safe choice. I can't say much about it because I haven't tried many other feeds, but it works well for us. My horse has not been too hot. She actually gained weight when I first switched her feed to safe choice so I think it must have more calories.

An interesting note: I have spent a lot of time learning what kinds of flavors horses like and I always taste any new feeds to see how enjoyable they would be for the horse. I know it sounds crazy XD
The last feed I used smelled bland, but had a strong herby/oily taste that horses like. Safe choice, on the other hand, smells delicious (from the horses point of view) but is actually really bland in flavor.
We feed it anyway and the horse doesn't seem to mind!
 

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Funny Walnut, I really do not like the way Safechoice smells. I have also found all horse feeds to taste far more bland than they smell. Even sweet feeds.

My horses like Safechoice just fine though.
 

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I used to have, literally, 4 different feeds for 6 horses. For my 2 thoroughbreds I used Nutrena Prime, for my senior I used Nutrena Senior, for our colt I used Foal Starter, and for Moma and Baby I used Mare and Foal. TSC had a major sale on Safe Choice though so I thought I would try it (I bought 20 bags....) and I can't see a change in anyone. It seems to work and be a good feed for us. Now we have....ONE feed rather than FOUR feeds!
This is one thing I like best about Safe Choice- You can feed it to all types of horses..within reason.

An interesting note: I have spent a lot of time learning what kinds of flavors horses like and I always taste any new feeds to see how enjoyable they would be for the horse. I know it sounds crazy XD
The last feed I used smelled bland, but had a strong herby/oily taste that horses like. Safe choice, on the other hand, smells delicious (from the horses point of view) but is actually really bland in flavor.
We feed it anyway and the horse doesn't seem to mind!
this is interesting because I HATE the smell of Safe Choice but agree that it tastes bland..my horses seem to love it though.

I love it. Hands down.
Awesome, glad to hear it!

I never did like it. It made my mare act weird. It was making her drop weight The more we gave her the more she lost. Also it made her "see things"

I now feed simonol feed and LOVE it!

I do know plenty of people that do use it an love it, its just not for me or my mare.
hmmm that is unfortunate. I'm glad you found a feed that you like!! What works for some often doesn't work for others!
 

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I love, love, love Safechoice. Sunny was a hyper bag of bones on her old feed, but now she is healthy AND sane on Safechoice.
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Just remember it is not as "safe" as the name implies and it is not a fixed formula so the ingredients can and sometimes do change bag to bag..
 

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That is interesting that you guys don't like the way it smells. I'm neutral about it, but I've never found it offensive. I understand what you mean though because I cannot stand the smell of sweet feed! Bleck!
 

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I am aware of the possible negatives with "Safe" Choice. I have never had any issues and It's the ONLY thing my mare will/can eat. I really wish I didn't have to buy processed feed but I do.

WalnutPixie: I love the way sweet feed tastes and smells!!
 

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I can't feed SafeChoice to our "poorly" one. It has alfalfa in it. Not much, but enough to make me shy away from it. I'd feed it to our other horses if what we're already feeding wasn't cheaper...
 

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None of my horses, young or old did well on Safe Choice and at $22/bag I quit trying. I switched to Omolene 400 which is touted as a 'complete feed' and Ultium and they're doing very well. I'd prefer to feed just hay, but not one of my horses will hold weight on OK grass hay and alfalfa is not available for horses here.
 

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I'm a fan of Safechoice as well. I've tried a handful of different kinds of feed for my "hard keeper" mare, and she has done the best on the Safechoice. It put weight on my thin hackney gelding in a nice, slow, steady, muscle building kind of way, which I also really liked. I like it also as a fairly neutral option for new horses I suspect have been on sweet feed prior.

Dreamcatcher, $22 a bag? Wow, glad I don't live where you are. I pay about $12.50 a 50 lb bag, and sometimes less on sale.
 

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The $22/bag was when I lived in Tucson, AZ and only 1 feed store carried it. When my horses started looking pitiful I figured I could spend the $22 better and switched to Purina. At the time the 400 was only $8/bag, just went up to $13/bag. The 400 is a PIA in the winter, bricks like nothing I've ever seen but the horses love it and look great on it.
 
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