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Aug. 16, 2012, 07:11 PM
I just found my dream horse, yay!
She is coming home this weekend. A four year old QH filly. She is being fed Strategy now. My barn has both Strategy and Safe Choice. Any opinions? Should I switch or stay with what she has eaten for a year?
My old mare is on Senior feed so I am not really familiar with these other two.
She is a pleasure horse and I want her to stay quiet if that helps.

Aug. 17, 2012, 12:40 PM
I've fed strategy for the last 6 years. I think I was given a sample once and loved how my horse had better performance. A friend of mine feeds safe choice but has a hard time keeping weight on her horses. It might just be her feeding program not the feed, but I'm not switching anytime soon.

Congrats on finding your dream horse!

Aug. 17, 2012, 11:57 PM
I would leave her on what she is currently on and then over time evaluate whether you need to modify her diet. You will have time to tweak things......Enjoy!!!!

Aug. 18, 2012, 12:25 AM
You might get more responses from the Sport Horse Breeding or Horse Care Forums, since feeding a 4 yr old pleasure horse is not really breed specific.

Personally, she does not need ANY concentrates at her age. I found that Strategy tends to make them hotter.

She will be fine on good pasture or hay and either a multi-vit or ration balancer.

She should not need anything else until she really starts working hard.

Aug. 18, 2012, 01:46 PM
If she looks good and is doing well with what she is on, then I wouldn't change it. On that note, I do like Safe Choice. I don't feed it, I feed E Tech (Poulin), but if E Tech wasn't available, I would not hesitate to feed Safe Choice. It's a nice balance of fat, protein and fiber.