Simplify my feed program- barn full of ottb's
5 ottb's age 7 and below- all in steady work
One 22yr tb with no teeth:D easy keeper hardly ever ridden
One connemara/tb on stall rest very easy keeper!
Currently I feed as much timothy/orchard grass hay as they will eat which for most of them is 20-30lbs. Beautiful hay but testing it is difficult to do as we get new loads in.
Tb's get TC complete ranging from 4lbs to 8lbs a day.
Easy keepers get TC lite with a bit of complete mixed in. Conn/tb eats 2lbs and older tb gets 2lbs of TC lite with 1lb of complete.
Several of the Tb's in hard work are supplemented with rice bran (either max e glo or legends).
My reason for possibly wanting to change from the TC complete is that it freezes like a brick and is a total pain in the @@@ to deal with. I have solidered on but I am a bit tired of it.
I think my horses look good weight wise but I would like one or two of them to have more "muscle" and just a bit more weight. I upped the grain a bit as I am already feed unlimited hay but I was thinking perhaps I could simplify. I have been researching the ration balancers but I just do not truly understand how they fit into my current feeding program or how I would change my program to work them in.
Then you have the whole protein vs fat debate. I tend to focus on the fat with the rice bran but many of the ration balancers are higher in protein so then where does your fat come from or does it not matter?
I have many feed dealers locally but Southern States is the closest. The local Amish feed stores sell a variety of different brands but only a few types of each brand.
Reducing the feed bill is always a benefit but not a concern. I welcome any discussion or thoughts. I try to stay current on my research but after having success with the TC complete I am hesitant.