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  1. #1
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    Default Ration Balancer + Fat Supplement?

    ok, sorry if this sounds really dumb, I'm still trying to educate myself on feeds and nutrition.

    Would it be a good idea to feed a ration balancer and a fat supplement instead of grain? That Nutrena Empower ad on the sidebar got me thinking. Say the ration balancer plus the regular Empower, or rice bran? For horses who get hot off grain so you have to feed less than the recommended amount, so they aren't getting enough of the vitamins, but need more fat than just the ration balancer? It sounds like a good idea to me in theory, especially for those hot horse who need some weight but can't handle alot of grain. What do you all think?
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    Yes.

    Not a fan of Nutrena, though. Triple Crown or Progressive would be my pick.
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    It's neither good nor bad. It's a valid option

    If it works for your horse, then it's good

    If it's not enough calories, don't just toss out that combination and say it didn't work though
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    That's exactly how I feed. My horses get no grain or other bag feed. They get a ration balancer (Purina Essentials 12) and Empower Boost, mixed into TC Safe Forage with water. They have good weight, but they are easy keepers. They get all the hay they want. They are all very quiet, and the ulcery one seems very content.



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    ok thanks guys, I think I'm gonna give it a try. Seems like it would be better to just give them the good stuff and cut out the fillers but I wanted to make sure it wouldn't cause some digestive problem or something.
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    Perfectly reasonable, and one option among many. It's what I've always done for broodmares or ones that need to gain weight.
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