I board at a full care barn. I've been there for about 5 years now. No complaints, but I'm starting to wonder if my feeding routine makes sense.
Feed and hay are included in the board. However, you have to feed their feed or buy your own and make baggies if you want to feed something else. The hay is decent, but I usually buy a bale or two of really good hay and supplement it in.
So I buy Fibergize (Ultium in the past) and I make big ziplock bags with a scoop of fibergize and 3/4 scoop of the pellets the barn supplies.
Why do I do this? Because I'm frugal. I can't stand to not use any of the "free" feed provided by the barn. But both of my horses have been thoroughbreds, so they definitely need more fat and other ingredients that are lacking in the Country Acres.
Do you all think I'm doing more harm than good by adding the pellets as a "filler"? Would I be better off just feeding the sweet feed? I also give them beet pulp and alfalfa mix/cubes, but that is only once a day when I come out in the afternoons.
I'm always trying to add as many calories as possible and of course keeping my expenses down as much as possible.. would you continue adding in the free pellets?
I don't think at 3/4 of a scoop they are getting much anyways, what is the weight of 3/4 a scoop?? The feeding recommendations from the link was up to 1 pound feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. At 12% it equals most stock type sweet feeds and if I were you I would keep using it. I am frugal too and if I am paying for it I will use it!!
If you do a search for Country Acres feed on here, you're not going to find anyone who speaks well of this feed. It is a product made by Purina and is considered their lowest grade, maintenance only, feed. However, I doubt if throwing some in with what you are buying that is good quality feed, will hurt anything. Probably just adds a few more calories.
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I guess I should also ask everyone's opinion on the Country Acres pellets nutritional info (for a young TB in work)? When I first moved my horse there I thought it was crap. But now looking at it I see it is low in fat, but otherwise looks like a normal pellet - Thoughts?